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Going Gluten free? Go Indochinese!

We think eating out’s one of life’s finest pleasures. Combine good food and good company and good times are sure to follow. But it can be hard to find a restaurant that satisfies everyone’s needs.

In Indochinese culture, it’s typical to order many dishes as a table and to share in each food together – so Indochinese cuisine is perfect for the group of friends who can’t decide what kind of food they want to eat. But have you ever sat down only to discover that one of your party is vegetarian, allergic to nuts or – heaven forbid – gluten intolerant? Even the best laid dining plans can come unstuck.

Well, if you or your friends or family have a list of ‘Do Not Eat’s as long as your arm; you’re in luck. While Banana Tree can’t promise that there’s a dish for everyone on our menu (although we think we’re pretty close) there are a few advantages of going for Indochinese cuisine; particularly if you’re avoiding gluten.

Naturally Gluten Free

While even seemingly safe Chinese cooking uses gluten-loaded soy sauce and wheat noodles, much of Indochinese cuisine is naturally gluten free. While wheat based soy sauce is used in some Indochinese cooking, it is the preferred use of gluten-free unami rich fish sauce as a salting agent which makes so many off our dishes entirely gluten free. Also, rice-based noodles are used more widely than their wheat-based cousins, so if you or anyone in your party are gluten intolerant, you’ll still be able to enjoy the fresh taste of the Asian favourites you may have thought you’d have to give up forever.

In addition to being very gluten-free friendly, Indochinese cooking is unprocessed, natural and loaded with fresh, healthy veg and immune-boosting herbs and spices.

Gone are the days of scanning the menu in a desperate attempt to land on a good gluten-free option, or of carrying your own meals with you in sweating tupperwares – Indochinese cuisine is perfect for meeting your dietary needs.

Not Quite Sure What All the Fuss is About?

You might have heard the term ‘gluten free’ bandied about in the press, the office and maybe over the dinner table – but do you actually know what it means?

– What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. Most commonly associated with grain-based foods like pasta, pizza, breads and cereals, gluten actually has a much wider reach – it can sneak its way into everything from soups to sweets to sauces. And, perhaps most devastatingly, unless otherwise specified, it’s in beer too. But take heart! The growing awareness around gluten-free lifestyle choices means that gluten-free replacements are now widely available in supermarkets, and can even be obtained on prescription.

– Why Go Gluten Free?

Well, if you’re one of the 1% of the British population who’ve been diagnosed with Coeliac disease, you’ll already know that gluten-free is an imperative for you. An unpleasant and potentially life threatening autoimmune disease which is triggered by a reaction to gluten, the number of people diagnosed with Coeliac disease has increased four-fold over the last ten years, and doctors believe there could be as many as 500,000 Brits still unaware that they are suffering from the condition.

But even if you’re lucky enough not be be a Coeliac sufferer, there are many reasons to embrace a gluten-free lifestyle – a great many people experience some degree of sluggishness or stomach upset after consuming gluten-based products and if you have a sensitive stomach, a gluten-free diet can be a game changer. Plus, the foundations of a gluten-free diet are fresh, natural, unprocessed products such as fruit & veg, fish, poultry, meat, cheese and eggs – if you’re using these kinds of ingredients as the basis of your diet and cutting out gluten-laden carbs, improved health and weight loss is sure to follow.

Gluten free’s gone mainstream, and it’s here to stay!

Once a celebrity secret or an awkward medical necessity, over the last few years the benefits of a gluten free diet have hit the headlines, and people have been adopting the new, fresher way of eating in droves. 70 million Americans are trying to cut out gluten, and more and more Brits are following suit – why?

Rachel Weisz, Geri Halliwell, Zooey Deschanel, Ian Somerhalder, Keith Olbermann and Billy Bob Thornton are just a few of the many celebs who’ve spoken out about their gluten intolerance or the weight-loss and health benefits of a gluten-free diet – so whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds, you’ve been diagnosed with a gluten-related ailment or you’re simply curious to see if the diet’s all it’s cracked up to be – if you’re going gluten-free, Indochinese is the way to be!

Gluten-Free at Banana Tree

At Banana Tree we want gluten-free customers to find their dining experience as stress free as possible – we have a separate menu, highlighting our tasty gluten free offerings. We’ve an amazing variety of meals that avoid the dreaded ‘G’. Gone are the days of choosing between stodgy gluten-free pizza and tasteless gluten-free pasta – it’s the same delicious Indochinese cuisine, same gluten-free gloriousness.Ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves, mint and chili are just a few of the life-affirming ingredients you’ll find flavouring our dishes, and we use an awe-inspiring array of veg.

Ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves, mint and chili are just a few of the life-affirming ingredients you’ll find flavouring our dishes, and we use an awe-inspiring array of veg.

Gluten free starters include Malaysian Laksa with Chicken or Tiger Prawns, Crispy Pepper Spiced Chicken Rolls, Papaya Salad and Coriander Meatballs and we offer a variety of noodle dishes as well as regional specialities, grilled meat and fragrant curries. From Aromatic Pho with your choice of protein, to Pad Thai to Roasted Duck Breast with Pei Pa Hoisin Sauce to The Legendary Rendang Curry, going gluten-free has never been tastier!

Malaysian Laksa soup

Nem noung coriander meatballs

Aromatic Pho

Pad Thai

Char grilled duck

The Legendary Chicken Rendang

At Banana Tree, you’ve a whole host of options available to tantalise your tastebuds and sizzle your senses – come on down for uniquely delicious gluten-free dining!