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Non-Meat Meat

by Allergy Guy

My favorite non-meat meat is a style of Chinese cooking developed by Buddhists. They are true non-violent Buddhists who follow their beliefs closely, which precludes eating meat, since to eat meat means to harm an animal.

The thing is though, that the Chinese love their meat, so what to do?

They have developed this fantastic vegetarian cooking style that is so good, that most carnivore will not feel deprived of their meat if they eat these dishes!

The best example of this is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Penang, Malaysia. Home-cooked every day. Wish I could give you directions, but I’d only know how to find it if I was still there and tried walking there.

What I later found out is that this food based on wheat gluten. I did not know this at the time, and yet it did not seem to trigger my wheat allergy.

Obviously, celiacs must avoid this food! And yet I am left wondering why I was able to eat it without apparent problems. Why is this?

For a start, I am not celiac. Lucky me! I assume that I am not allergic to gluten, but some other protein in wheat. The other possibility is that because I was on an extended holiday at the time, my allergies where less noticeable.

So should I try this food again? Well, it seems a bit risky to me, but you never know, next time I am in Penang …

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1 mel osborne May 19, 2011 at 00:49

i am allergic to meat, dairy, soy, yeast and shelled seafood ohhh and kiwi. i am trying to find substitues for these foods. this site has helped alot.

i just hope i can find the substitues in NSW

fingers crossed and much thanks


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