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Thai Pork Satay

The pork of this satay is marinated in a mixture of coconut and curry sauce and tastes fantastic. The satay is served together with peanut sauce and salad. The problem is that most of the times this is also served with bread, so there is always a chance of cross-contamination. The other problem is that the salad used with this dish is always sprankled with vinegar, which might contain gluten depending on which brand the vendor uses.

Sticky rice with mango

This is a popular gluten free Thai dessert made from Mango, sticky rice and coconut cream. Sometimes they will sprinkle some small fried beans on top of it. I never had any trouble with it and highly recommend it.

Pad Thai (Fried Thai noodles)

You will see this at many restaurants and street stalls, but avoid! Most of the times they add soy sauce. For the gluten-free recipe click Here

Thai Iced Tea

I just wanted to have this in the list as it is a popular drink with both foreigners and locals. It is super sweet Tea with lots of condensed milk which is almost 100% guaranteed safe.

Laab Moo (minced pork salad)

A classic dish from the north-eastern part of Thailand. A minced pork salad which is a bit spicy, sour and a bit crunchy. Unless contaminated by other meals, this dish should be completely gluten free. For the gluten-free recipe click Here

Miang Kham

Miang Kham is a traditional Thai snack made with "Erythrina Fusca" leaves, or "Piper Sarmentosum" leaves. In Thailand the leaves are called: "Cha phlu" and "Thong lang". The snack has a spicy, sweet and sour taste and is completely gluten-free. On the streets in Thailand you can usually buy it in a bag with all the ingredients already prepared so you you just have to wrap the ingredients up in the leaves. If you're not in Thailand, you can read how to make it Here

Tom Yam Kung

This is Thailand's most famous dish and a personal favorite of mine. It's traditionally made with Shrimps, but can also be ordered with chicken, fish, beef or sea food. The taste is strong with lots of herbs and it tastes sour and a bit spicy. The soup is eaten together with plain white rice. Be cautious of soy sauce (maggi) which some vendors add to the soup, so ask the vendor if they have added it before ordering. For the gluten-free recipe click Here

Som Tam Thai (spicy papaya salad)

This is another famous Thai dish that will burn your mouth if you don't tell the chef to make it not spicy. The main ingredient is young papaya, but many shops also offer the cucumber variant (Tam Tang). Som Tam stalls are usually dedicated to just selling these types of salads so they should be totally safe for any Celiac. Eat the Som Tam with Thai sticky rice and chicken for the authentic Thai taste. For the gluten-free recipe click Here

Bualoy

This is a sweet dessert made from coconut milk and riceballs. At stalls you will have to choose what other ingredients you like to add, such as kidney beans, corn, pumpkin, and egg. Sometimes it is also possible to add strange coloured (green or pink) noodles to this dessert. Those noodles are made from rice and i estimate the chance of cross-contamination for those almost nihil. Still i like to order it without the noodles.

Grilled fish

When buying grilled fish on the steets make sure the vendors don't place sausages on the same grill, which they usually don't. They stuff the fish with lemon grass and usually soy sauce. On the outside the vendors add lots of salt.

Khaaw man Gai

A common dish in Thailand so i have to talk about it. It's basicly just boiled chicked with rice served with a small bowl of soup, but be super cautious. Eventhough the colour of the soup is clear it sometimes still has soy sauce (maggi) in it. Sometimes i see the vendors boiling the chicken in this same soup. Another danger is cross-contamination from the deep fried chicken (with wheat-flour) that they often also sell and they cut the boiled chicken and deep-fried chicken with the same knive and on the same cutting-board.

Panang

This is a Thai curry usually served with beef but can often be ordered with shrimps, pork or chicken. I have been confirmed by many sources that Thai people don't add any soy sauce to curries. For the gluten-free recipe click Here

Tom Kha Gai

Coconut sweet and sour soup with chicken which should be gluten free unless contaminated. One of my favorite soups to eat with rice. For the gluten-free recipe click Here

Grilled bananas in sweet sauce

A common street snack in Bangkok. The sauce is made from palm sugar, rice flour and coconut milk. Not really a favorite of mine but it should be safe for anyone on a gluten free diet.

Not the most elegant food, but it might save your life if you're starving.

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