Gluten – you’ve heard all about it and its bloat-inducing effects. It’s a protein that’s found in grains including wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats. Some people avoid it as they have celiac disease, a disorder whereby eating gluten triggers an immune response in the body and this can cause inflammation and damage to the small intestine. If left untreated, people who suffer from this disease could suffer from side effects such as digestive issues and nutritional deficiencies.
However, while only one in 140 people have this disease, a gluten-free diet has gained a lot of traction, especially in the past few years. Some people have decided to ditch gluten because it has supposed health benefits — plus it’s trendy too (celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow follow such a diet).
Gluten can also cause headaches and abdominal discomfort, which could mean you’re suffering from gluten sensitivity (a milder form) or gluten intolerance; this isn’t the same as having celiac disease as both conditions don’t cause any damage to your intestines.
With more restaurants offering gluten-free dishes, you can, thankfully, still enjoy foods such as breads, pastas and pizzas. One thing to note however: gluten-free food has a different taste and texture compared to its gluten-containing counterparts so you might take a while getting used to such food.
Here are 9 places to get gluten-free food that your tummy will thank you for.
#1: Kitchen By Food Rebel
This cafe’s mission is to improve their customers’ health “through a recipe of awareness, education and great, wholesome food”. With a menu full of gluten-free options, there’s the Rebel Breakfast (cage-free eggs, spiced chickpeas, mushrooms, peppers and avocado) on a gluten-free sour-dough rye toast, or order any of their sandwiches for lunch and swap for gluten-free bread. Otherwise, the Zoodle Bolognese is a must-try dish, made with gluten-free zucchini noodles (zoodle, geddit?).
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#2: The Butcher’s Wife
Formerly known as Open Door Policy (same venue and owners but different name and concept), this restaurant’s all gluten-free menu is particularly creative. Serving dishes inspired by European flavours, you’ll get dishes such as Chilled Almond Soup, Pumpkin Gnocci, and Beef & Bone Marrow Burger (served with bacon jam, brie, spicy mayo & grilled cabbage).
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Other delicious food to be consumed here include the Crispy Pig’s Ears (served with piquillo peppers, pickled kohlrabi, sriracha mayo & baby gem), Tuna & Quinoa Salad (served with braised baby turnips, avocado & super greens), and Grilled Octopus (served with celeriac, capers, tuna mayo & seeds salsa verde)
At 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650, tel: 6221 9307. Visit here.
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#3: Summer Palace
A Chinese restaurant that offers gluten-free dishes is rare enough but Summer Palace takes it a step further by having a special gluten-free menu. This Michelin-starred restaurant is known for serving classic Cantonese dishes as well as having an extensive dim sum menu. Diners who are gluten intolerant need not feel left out as they can now sample delicious items on this special menu such as Brown Fried Rice with Wolfberry, Pine Nuts, Mushrooms and Diced Kai Lan, or Pan-fried Kurobuta Cutlet in Mongolian Sauce.
Dessert is a Double-boiled Pear with Gingko Nuts (Cold or Hot). And if you’re concerned about the soy sauce they use, fret not as dishes on the gluten-free menu are made with gluten-free soy sauce and you can request for gluten-free soy sauce as a condiment for your meal too.
At Level 3, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, tel: 6725 3288. Visit here
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