Gluten Free Hong Kong
With the city’s culinary scene expanding almost constantly, it’s easier than ever to find good gluten free restaurants in Hong Kong. Click To Tweet

Whether you’re searching for a breakfast croissant, lunchtime salad or some local eats for dinner, print off this list of gluten free restaurants in Hong Kong and you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to go when the hunger pangs strike!

Top 5 gluten free restaurants in Hong Kong

Ali Oli Bakery Cafe

Address: G/F, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung

The perfect place to go when you want to treat yourself to a truly decadent breakfast, this cute café serves up a huge range of gluten-free goodies. From savoury sandwiches, bagels and pies to sweet pastries, doughnuts and muffins, you’ll find all the hearty carbs you need to kick-start your day right here. If you’re not much of an early riser, you can swing by later in the day for some gluten-free cakes or pizza.

Green Waffle Diner

Address: Shop 3, G/F, Kar Ho Building, 35-39 Graham Street, Central

Another fantastic place to indulge in a gourmet breakfast, Green Waffle Diner whips up light and fluffy gluten free waffles made from buckwheat flour. Load up your waffle with incredible toppings like whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, fresh dragon fruit and pure maple syrup for the ultimate decadent dish. There’s a wonderful selection of freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas and coffees to wash down your dish, too.

MANA!

Address: G/F, 92 Wellington St, Central

Although it’s mostly popular with foodies in search of yummy vegetarian eats, MANA! also does some of the best gluten free wraps you’ll find in the city. The flatbreads are totally gluten free and baked fresh each morning before being smothered in exotic

za’atar, filled with as many fresh veggies as they can fit in and wrapped up to create a delicious lunch that will definitely keep you full until dinner.

Noodlemi

Address: G/F, 2 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan

A Vietnamese restaurant that serves up flavour-packed traditional dishes without any gluten, wheat or MSG, Noodlemi is equally ideal for grabbing a quick takeaway lunch in a cute pink to-go box or sitting down to catch up over a laid-back dinner with friends. They’ve got incredible summer rolls stuffed with soft shell crab, dishes of beef simmered with tomato and anise, and a heavenly vanilla berry terrine you’ve absolutely got to leave room for.

Greenwoods Raw Cafe

Address: 13/F, 2 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Taking healthy eating to whole new levels, Greenwoods Raw Café serves exclusively gluten free and vegan dishes, with nothing heated above 41°C to keep the nutrition levels of the food as high as possible. Their exciting and creative set menus change every day, but they always start off with their delightful signature green smoothie. Expect to nibble on crisp organic salads, vegan salmon tartare, nori wraps, homemade flax seed crackers, raw cakes and other, innovative eats when you make a reservation.

Now you can pack your bags and grab your passport with confidence. With so many tempting restaurants catering especially for coeliacs and people with a gluten intolerance, you’ve got plenty of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner when you’re gluten free in Hong Kong.

Gluten Free Philippines
Gluten allergy & Celiac disease are unheard of in the Philippines. Good thing the country is abundant in fresh fruits, vegetables and various kinds of seafood. Click To Tweet

The Philippines, being an archipelago, is composed of more than 7,000 islands. Only 2,000 of these islands are inhabited. With the geographic makeup, expect that each group of islands or regions have their own versions of a certain dish.

Spanish, Chinese, Malay and Indian cooking, influence most of the local dishes. The Philippines has strong ties with the US, so it is more westernized than the rest of Southeast Asia. Most people can understand and can speak English well.

Gluten Free Philippines: Is it Friendly to Celiacs and those with Gluten Sensitivity?

Unfortunately, “gluten”, “gluten sensitivity”, “gluten allergy” and “Celiac disease” are unknown to the rest of the country. Either those few who are aware suffers from the condition or a family member does. Some well-travelled lot and those educated abroad might be familiar with Celiac disease and/or gluten free products.

In Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, you would not have any trouble finding gluten free restaurants. Here are several of them.

Corner Tree Café

Address: 150 Jupiter, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines

Corner Tree Café is both vegan and gluten free, so you’ll find dishes on their menu either with a (V), (VO) or a (V, GF). They serve gluten free soups, salads, a combination of Western, Mediterranean and Asian main dishes, Filipino dishes, and desserts. They also serve wine and cocktails. Just make sure to inform them that you’re allergic to gluten so they can prepare the cocktails carefully without gluten contamination.

Susi

Address: Forbes Town Center, Burgos Cir, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines

Susi (key in Filipino) is the first 100% vegan and gluten free restaurant in the Philippines. They serve gluten free appetizers, main courses and desserts. Some of the must-try dishes include the “Carb-No-Nara” (Alfredo pasta), “El Chimichurri” (beet burger with chimichurri),  “Faux Gras” (smoked mushroom pate), “Roygbiv” (colorful salad with homemade Teriyaki dressing), “Emerson” (lentil mushroom loaf with mashed potato and gravy and Ratatouille), and “Quinotto” (teriyaki quinoa risotto).

For desserts, try their “Cacao that Cares” (chocolate pear tart with dark chocolate ganache), “Eat Your Feelings” (dark chocolate cake with walnuts), and the “Berry White” (almond-coconut based strawberry tart).

The Wholesome Table

Address: (BGC branch) 30th St Corner 7th Ave, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

               (Makati branch) GF Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa corner Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati, Philippines

The Wholesome Table uses all organic ingredients from local sources. Their menu includes vegetarian (V), vegan (VGN), nut-free (NF), dairy-free (DF) and gluten-free (GF) selections. They serve breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. They also have gluten free desserts like GF chocolate cake, mango cheesecake, cookies n’ cream cheesecake, yoghurt pannacotta and crème Brulee.

The Wholesome Table has two branches – one in Bonifacio Global Center and the other in Salcedo Village in Makati. Make sure to check the menu on their website as it constantly evolves depending on the availability/ seasonality of ingredients. They also serve pizza, using local ingredients (clams on pizza, anyone?). Too bad, it’s not gluten free pizza, Manila and the rest of the Philippnes would have enjoyed it so much.

 

Edgy Veggy

Address: Brixton St, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Edgy Veggy is a café that also offers delivery services around Manila. They have gluten free starters, soups, salads, noodles, steaks and main dishes. They also have special menus for those on Ketogenic, Thrive, Keto-Thrive, Vegan-Thrive, Vege-Keto and High Prana diets.

Jertie’s Kitchen

Jertie’s Kitchen is not actually a restaurant. However, they do sell vegan and gluten free cakes, desserts and meals. They often participate in food expos and events and even conduct cooking workshops and wellness seminars. Among their products include brownies, cookies, granola balls and cakes. You can also purchase their products online or in healthy restaurants where they consign their cakes and pastries.

Gluten Free Stores and Brands

In major cities such as Manila and Cebu, there are health shops and major supermarkets carrying gluten free food such as Healthy Options and the US brand Uncle Bob’s. In Manila, there is a gluten free baker, Amores, that sells pre-ordered breads and pastries. There’s also an online store selling gluten free products, Gerald.ph.

Additional information:

There is no direct translation of gluten in Filipino. So it would be best to say “bawal” (not allowed) or “allergic” to harina (flour), toyo (soy sauce), bulgur, oats, broth cubes, tokwa (tofu), tinapay (bread). Pansit or meke (rice noodles) may sometimes contain wheat flour, so avoid eating them to be safe. Steer clear of lumpia (spring rolls) and any dumplings as well.

Note: While plain tofu is generally gluten-free, there are flavoured/ marinated varieties that may contain gluten. Tofu dishes in the Philippines are commonly seasoned with soy sauce.

Most places sell fresh fruits and vegetables. In case you want to go backpacking, you can easily buy them in stalls and farmer’s markets. White rice is a staple and can be bought pretty much anywhere. Be cautious with most Filipino dishes as they commonly contain soy sauce, broth cubes and powdered seasonings. Native Filipino desserts are fairly safe though as they are mostly made from glutinous rice, coconut, coconut milk/cream and cassava.

Is the Philippines on your travel radar? Plan your trip early and stock up on gluten free snacks especially when going on a backpacking trip around the islands. We hope our article on Gluten Free Philippines is of great help to your travel planning.

Gluten free Bangkok Thailand
Along with the usual tourist things to tick off our list while in town, such as the Temple of Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and taking a ride on the Skytrain, I’d also heard that the street food here is amazing, and that’s true. Click To Tweet

Bangkok; brash, bustling, boiling and brilliant! Having spent 3 days there before heading to Vietnam, I can safely say that I fell in love with the place.

After a 14 hour flight, to step outside into the 34 degree humid heat was immense. The air is filled with petrol fumes, sizzling spices and moisture (we arrived after a heavy rainfall), it smelt exotic and exciting.

Along with the usual tourist things to tick off our list while in town, such as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the Grand Palace and taking a ride on the Skytrain, I’d also heard that the street food here is amazing, and that’s true – it simply cannot be missed during a trip here.

Of course as a coeliac, the words ‘street food’ brought me out in a cold sweat when it was suggested we sample some on our first night there, but be assured it is possible to find and eat gluten free street food, if you go prepared.

My top tips for a coeliac eating street food in Bangkok:

  1. Street food tends to be made to order, meaning if you keep your eye on what is going on, you can tell your dutiful street vendor if/when you don’t want any particular ingredient added to your dish. The big names in seasoning here are oyster and soy sauce; these two ingredients contain gluten so watch out for these.
  2. Take a card with ‘No oyster sauce or soy sauce’ written on it around with you and show it to the street vendor before they begin cooking. (I asked my hotel concierge to write this out in Thai for me).
  3. Look for rice noodle dishes such as Pad Thai (soy/oyster sauce is usually not used for this dish) or Pad See Ew. Rice noodles are made from rice flour and result in a white and (usually) thick, flat noodle. They’re perfect for coeliacs as they contain no gluten. Thai curries such as green and red curry are usually gluten free and coeliac friendly, they very rarely contain soy or oyster sauce (always double check), and are served with rice. Papaya salad, which is a commonly found and really delicious, is also traditionally gluten free.

Head to Chinatown or ‘Yaowarat’ as it is known locally, for loads of stalls selling authentic and delicious Thai street food. The vendors are friendly and happy to help if you speak to them about your gluten allergy (take your card and gesturing goes along way!).

Other than street food, Bangkok has a plethora of restaurants with something to suit every taste.

Here are my top 3 gluten free friendly restaurants for the discerning coeliac traveller:

  1. Thip Samai313 Maha Chai Road, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200. Great restaurant, vibrant and chaotic. They can provide English menus which makes all the difference for those with a gluten allergy! Many dishes on the menu are gluten free, try the Pad Thai – to die for!
  2. Veganerie Bakery35/2 Soi.Methiniwet (Sukhumvit24) behind Benjasiri Park Klongtan Klong Toei Bangkok 10110. So many gluten free choices! The bakery focuses on producing vegan food, but they also have a variety of gluten free bakes. For a coeliac visiting Bangkok this is a place really worth taking a trip to, the gluten free and vegan chocolate fudge cake is amazing!
  3. Nahm27 S Sathorn Rd, Hotel Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok 10120. If you are after something a little fancy and pretty special, this Michelin starred restaurant is the place for you. Most of the menu is naturally gluten free and everything I sampled was delicious. Try the Tom Yum soup, it really was yum and perfectly gluten free!

So to round it up, Bangkok is definitely worth a trip, there are so many interesting things to see and eat. Gluten free travellers should not be wary, there are lots of gluten free food options available, both street food options and restaurants. There are also a few Australian supermarkets that sell Australian branded gluten free foods, in case of emergency.

Singapore sling and gluten free things in Singapore
Singaporeans are very friendly and keen to help. We even managed in the wet markets in Little India, which on first impression ,seemed like an allergen nightmare. Click To Tweet

After spending 4 days in Singapore on a stopover to Australia, I can admit it was a little tricky at first to find gluten free dining. Despite most speaking perfect English, it was common to meet a confused face when using the words gluten free or coeliac, however being a little more descriptive and asking if foods contained wheat, soy sauce etc. made the conversation much easier. (It may be helpful to carry some restaurant cards in Chinese, Malay and Tamil just in case.)

Singaporeans are very friendly and keen to help so it wasn’t too much of a struggle to find gluten free eats everywhere we went, we even managed in the wet markets in Little India which on first impression seemed like an allergen nightmare.

Just be wary as yet there is no gluten free certification board in Singapore. Proceed with caution as food allergens are not well understood, possibly due to rice being the main grain used, and ask lots of questions.

For an easy gluten free trip to Singapore here are my top dining selections by area:

Central Gluten Free Restaurants and Eateries

  1. Soi 60 – Fantastic Thai restaurant on Robertson Quay, with a lovely riverside atmosphere. Their menu is marked up GF (gluten free) and GFA (gluten free available) for super easy ordering. Do always check with your wait staff though. Try the delicious Duck Pancakes and Salt and Pepper Squid to start and the Pad Thai and Gai Nang (chicken with green curry cream) for main.
    60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
    Tel: +65 6635 6675
  2. Super Loco – Mexican street food restaurant next door to Soi 60, you’re spoilt for gluten free choice along Robertson Quay. Their menu is also labelled up with gluten free choices making for an effortless ordering experience.
    60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
    Tel: +65 6235 8900
  3. Raffles Hotel – A trip to Singapore would not be complete without sipping a Singapore Sling and tossing peanut shells on the floor of the famous Long Bar at Raffles. Given 24 hours notice they also provide a gluten free version of their afternoon tea.
    1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
    Tel: +65 6337 1886
  4. The Soup Spoon – Outlets exist throughout Singapore and they clearly state which of their soups, salads and stews are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegetarian.
    Tel: +65 6835 7086
  5. All Good Things – This cute little bakery has a small selection of freshly baked gluten free cakes available. The favourite is the flourless chocolate cake. These guys are currently moving location stay tuned…
    7 Rodyk Street#01-30 The Watermark, Singapore 238215
    Tel: +65 6238 1086

Coeliac Friendly China Town

  1. Artemis Grill – A mediterranean roof top restaurant has a good selection of gluten free options marked up on its menu and a spectacular view.
    138 Market Street, #40-01 CapitaGreen (Rooftop), CapitaGreen – Office Space, Singapore 048946
    Tel: +65 6635 8677
  2. Tiann’s Bakery – Cafe just west of China Town, serving gluten free savoury waffles, cakes, ice cream and fresh juices.
    71 Seng Poh Rd, Block 71, Singapore 160071
  3. The Soup Spoon
    120 Maxwell Rd, TG Pagar MRT Stn, Singapore 069119

Gluten Free Eats in Little India

  1. Jonathan’s – Singapore’s first completely gluten free kitchen, specialising in cakes and bread. They also serve breakfast and brunch.
    17 Dalhousie Lane, Singapore 209685
    Tel: +65 6291 3396
  2. The Tekka Centre (wet market) is a must visit in Little India. However it is tricky for gluten free diners, the nature of the markets means there is likely to be an element of cross contamination. My advice would be watch how the stands prepare the food and what sauces they use. We stuck to Hainanese (chicken rice) or duck rice and asked for no sauce. Dosa is usually a good gluten free option from the Indian food stalls but again be wary of cross contamination in the cooking process. If in doubt there is always the fresh produce stalls.
    Tekka Centre, Bukit Tina Rd, Singapore 
  3. Crust Pizza Bar – This well-loved Australian pizza franchise has gluten free pizza bases available. Not all pizza toppings and sauces are gluten free though so it’s best to chat with the staff prior to ordering.
    Serangoon Outlet
    1 Maju Avenue, My Village @ Serangoon Garden #B1-23/24, Singapore 556679
    Tel: +65 6636 7666
  4. Delcie’s Deserts – A little further out from Little India is this baker of organic, allergen free, diabetic friendly and vegan goodies. Awarded the Health Promotion Board’s Healthier Choice Bakery Certification, they even make customisable cakes to order.
    34 Whampoa West #01-83, Singapore 330034
    Tel: +65 9789 2309

A little further from the centre:

  1. The Line – A little further from the city, not too far from the Botanic Gardens, this buffet style restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel has a gluten free section.

    Tel: +65 6213 4275
  2. Baker & Cook –  Claim to have the best gluten free bread in Singapore… baked fresh on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. However you can still pick up frozen gluten free bread on other days.
    77 Hillcrest Road, Greenwood, Singapore 288951
    Tel: (+65) 6469 8834
  3. Crust Pizza Bar
    34B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691
    Tel: (+65) 6467 2224
    or
    215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
    Tel: (+65) 6456 1555

Gluten Free Dining at Singapore Changi Airport

Eating gluten free in any airport is a always a nightmare, although I recently experienced Wondertree at London Heathrow which served a great gluten free breakfast/brunch and even had a separate gluten free menu.

Needless to say we struggled to find gluten free options at Singapore Changi Airport and we were stuck their for 6 hours! Here is what we found:

  1. Nandos (Terminal 2) – International Portuguese PERi-PERi chicken restaurant chain originating from South Africa.
  2. Boost (Terminal 2 Departures) – Australian juice and smoothie bar
  3. I wouldn’t usually recommend these two but worst case scenario the chips at Burger King are gluten free and you can get grilled chicken and chips at KFC.

It is easy and quick to travel between terminals for free using the Skytrain.

And a quick mention about Singapore Airlines, we flew with them from London Heathrow to Singapore and the gluten free meals on board were the best I’ve had by far. They have a really good range of meals for different religious and dietary requirements.

Coeliac friendly self catering options:

  1. Major Supermarkets – FairPrice, Market Place, Isetan and Cold Storage all carry their own ranges of gluten free produce usually in the health food sections but sometimes on the same shelves as the non gluten free options.
  2. Little Farms – Stocks organic, farm fresh produce as well as gluten free and refined sugar free snacks.
    491 River Valley Road #01-20, 248371
    Tel: +65 6262 0619
  3. Brown Rice Paradise – A great store for healthy foods and catering for food intolerances in general, you can find all your gluten free flours, cereals etc. here.
    163 Tanglin Rd, Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
    Tel: +65 6738 1121
  4. Ryan’s Grocery – 99% of their over 1000 products are gluten free but they also stock other allergen free, free range, organic, and antibiotic free foods. The owners are two parents who wanted to cater for their son’s dietary requirements. Plenty of GF cooking and baking ingredients.
    29 Binjai Park, Singapore 589831
    Tel: +65 6463 3933
  5. SuperNature – Very expensive but has a wide range of gluten free goodies.
    21 Orchard Boulevard, #01-21/23 & 27 Park House, Singapore 248645
    Tel: +65 6304 1336
  6. Mustafa Centre – Open 24 hours and offering a wide range of gluten free products including pastas, quinoa, grains, lentils, and pre-mixes.
    45 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704

Have you been to Singapore? Do you have any recommendations for great gluten free eats?