Eating Asian cuisine with a Nut Allergy? I know what your thinking......'She's nuts'.
But actually Asian cuisines is one of my favourites! When I was younger I was so lucky to be taken on many holidays by my parents. I felt like we went everywhere, experiencing different cultures, food, lifestyles. The travel that I did when I was younger really has shaped who I am today.....and given me a terrible travel bug! (Thanks mum & dad)
Shortly after we discovered I had a nut allergy we travelled to Malaysia, and not realising I dived into the Chicken and Cashew nut dish.....bad mistake! I was incredibly sick and had to go to the doctors straight away- pretty scary in a foreign country as well. As I got older and travelled to different places I realised how accommodating restaurants are overseas in regards to an allergy. I have travelled to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali- and each time have been amazed by the care taken in my meals. It was only on a recent trip to Bali where we visited the Mulia resort for the Sunday Brunch (Amazing by the way- I highly recommend) and I mentioned to the waiter that I had a nut allergy. Now usually this Sunday Brunch is a buffet- help yourself kind of scenario. Well from that moment on I had the chef come out and speak to me and for the rest of the afternoon I was getting personalised plates bought to me that were 'nut-free', it was just so amazing that they went above and beyond to make me feel safe and welcome to eat there.
Now back in Perth.....its a different story.
You tell one waitress you have an allergy and it's literally like a bomb has just been dropped in the restaurant and no one knows how to handle it.
So recently when me and my fiancé stayed at Crown Perth, we were choosing somewhere to go for dinner. I felt like something different and hadn't been to the 88 Noodle Bar before. Looked up their menu online (as you do) and felt safe about going as they had symbols on their menu indicating what dishes had nuts in them and what didn't.
At dinner, my fiancé ordered the Thai Green Curry, and some spring rolls for entree, I picked out the chicken Kway Teow, a fairly standard asian noodle dish. I mentioned to the wattress that I just wanted to inform her that I had a nut allergy, so the kitchen was aware.
Then I get the standard, "well we can't guarantee, because their is nuts in the kitch......blah blah blah" heard it all before.
She then proceeded to tell me that for all the noodle dishes they use the same Wok............
Im sorry? What....
I said well Im sorry but I don't think that I can eat here, because that would mean every dish would be contaminated.
There was no offer to have it cooked in a clean separate wok, which is very disappointing because I'm sure I am not the only person who has gone their with an allergy. Even someone with a seafood allergy would be affected.
I was told that I could "maybe" have the chicken teriyaki and rice as that was cooked in a separate station.
Unfortunately "a maybe" isn't worth my life or anyone else's.
Hopefully they can pick up their game a little bit more accommodating to dietary requirements, especially being a top hotel and resturaunt chain such as Crown Perth.
All But Nuts