Yangming

Whether it is Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, a celebration or a treat, my family and I consistently return to this Chinese restaurant− Yangming. We always enjoy ourselves filling our bellies and sharing laughs.

As a girl who is gluten-free, it is a bit upsetting that Yangming does not have a gluten-free menu. I am quite familiar with the menu, but the staff is usually helpful in navigating through any new additions and seasonal specials.

As for appetizers, I would recommend the grilled Thai chicken or char-grilled satay lamb. The grilled chicken is essentially the satays that you could find at any Thai restaurant. However, the lamb is different and worth trying! In the entrees, from experience, I know the Spicy Pad Thai with Jumbo Shrimp and Spicy Rice Vermicelli Singapore Style are also gluten-free. But my go-to dish is the Spicy Wild-Peppered Lamb. Just a word of caution, the dish is named rightfully so. This is a rather spicy dish, but with an adequate amount of rice and a few refills of water, it’s quite delicious!

As you can tell, I am a fan of the food here, it never disappoints, but I can’t say the same regarding the waiter’s knowledge of gluten-free foods. About one year ago, when dining at Yangming, I had wanted to try a different dish. I had settled on the Half Peking Duck. I was aware that it is typically served with Mandarin pancakes and Hoisin sauce (the wrap and sauce used in making Mu-Shu Chicken). However, he waiter checked with the chef and informed us the duck would be gluten-free when served without the wrap and sauce. So, I decided to go ahead and order it. And let me tell you, to this day, that is the best duck I have eaten.

But, when I returned to Yangming just over a week ago, I remembered the delicious duck I had eaten and decided to order it again. Since a year had passed, we aired on the side of caution and asked the waiter our usual questions regarding what’s gluten-free. This waiter told us right off the bat that the duck was not gluten-free. He said the actual duck has a coating that would not be suitable. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to eat the wonderful meal once again, but I was more concerned with which waiter’s words hold truth. In any case, it never hurts to air to the side of caution when there’s even a shred of doubt.

Whether you decide on giving this restaurant a chance or would rather not take the risk, keep in mind that this isn’t the first or last restaurant to make mistakes regarding gluten-free foods. Restaurants can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Just remember, the key lies in staying away from foods that you aren’t certain are 100% gluten-free.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers!

Anika

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