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Allergens in Thai Food & How to Avoid Them

Updated: 15 hours ago

Living with food allergies can be extremely challenging, and choosing where to eat out is often an absolute nightmare, especially if you have more than one allergy. For the most part, Thai food can be a great option for those with food allergies, but just like with any other cuisine, it is important to be aware of the potential allergens commonly present in Thai food.


As experts in Asian Food in Auckland, it is very important to us that our customers have a safe and delicious experience with us. We thought that we’d use this article to shed some light on some common allergens that are found in Thai food and how you can avoid them.


Peanuts


Thai food is a very peanut-rich cuisine, and peanuts are used to make garnishes, flavourings, sauces, and more. Even if peanuts are not specifically listed next to a menu item, peanuts could still be used in the dish. If you have a peanut allergy, you are probably quite used to asking which peanut-free options are available, and luckily modern Thai restaurants will have at least a few.


Eggs


Eggs are often used in Thai cooking, especially when it comes to egg-fried rice and noodles. Fortunately, most meals can have the egg component removed quite easily without affecting the taste or structure of the meal.


Seafood


One of Thai food’s most common proteins is seafood. So be sure to ask for the chicken or tofu options when visiting a Thai restaurant. It is also a good idea to make your waiter aware of your allergy, as you should when visiting any restaurant that serves seafood.


Soy


Tofu, bean curd and soy sauce are all made of soy and should be avoided at all costs if you have a soy allergy. Be sure to ask for recommendations for meals that do not have any soy in them.


Good News for Those with Lactose Intolerance


Lactose intolerance can be one of the most challenging conditions to navigate, as cow’s milk and milk products can be found hiding in a wide variety of meals. Fortunately, when it comes to Thai cooking, coconut milk is used in most dishes to add a creamy factor instead of cow’s milk. This is why so many people with lactose intolerance love Thai cuisine.


Are you looking for an eatery that serves delicious Asian food in Auckland? Here at SOHO Thai Kitchen, we specialise in Asian Fusion. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our menu items and potential allergens.

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