Holidays are always an exciting venture – you’re never really sure what you will see, eat or experience. While this excites me, it also petrifies me to the core because at the back of my mind I am always thinking:
Will I get glutened? How many days will I be sick for?
How will I survive?
This next trip is taking me to Myanmar where a friend and I will fly into Mandalay, take a riverboat to Bagan and then an overnight train to Yangon, returning to Bangkok by air. I have tried to prepare myself by researching the local cuisine and looking for restaurant recommendations online.
Below are some of the sites I found to help me. I will report back (with pictures) when we return from the trip (hopefully alive and well!)
Despite doing the research, I won’t know really what to expect until we get there. However, these are some of the rules I stick to when I’m travelling and if I’m unsure of their gluten-free-ness:
- Always order rice, hard boiled eggs and steamed veg
- Eat as much fresh fruit and nuts as possible
- Avoid anything deep-fried as it is often cross-contaminated
- Avoid grilled meats, but whole fish is ok (because of the skin)
- Order things with sauces on the side
- Be wary of noodles as often rice and wheat noodles are boiled in the same hot water
- Pack snacks that won’t melt (ie. peanut butter, rice crackers, pureed fruit, nut bars etc).
Wish me luck!