Ethnic Cuisines – Global
Confidently Dine in Ethnic Restaurants
The best way to increase your comfort level while dining out in any restaurants serving ethnic meals is to:
- Become knowledgeable about food ingredients
- Learn how food is prepared
- Discover what preparation techniques require your attention
To help you, we have created dining and travel tools with expert advice based on over 6 years of extensive research. You can find hundreds of common menu items, ingredients, food preparation and culinary techniques in easy-to-use mobile apps, books and ebooks based upon your preferences. Focusing on seven international ethnic cuisines found in Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Steak & Seafood and Thai restaurants, avoid foods containing gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, corn, fish and shellfish everywhere!
Allergens as ingredients are typically much easier to identify and manage in restaurants. Obviously, if you are following a gluten free diet, you request no bread. If you are allergic to dairy, you can request no cheese on your dish. This is the straight-forward approach.
Allergens hidden in food preparation techniques require a bit more investigation on your part.
Are the french fried potatoes or chips fried in peanut oil? Is the chicken dusted with wheat flour prior to pan frying? Does the marinade for your meat contain soy sauce?
You can learn to navigate any menu by developing the ability to communicate the right questions and answers. In time, you will become knowledgeable about common culinary practices.
Armed with this knowledge, you will soon realize that there is a whole new world of food options open to you. Ask the right questions, embrace the eating out experience and enjoy your new freedom with the award-winning Let’s Eat Out! series of mobile apps, books and ebooks!
Dining outside the home with celiac / coeliac, gluten sensitivities, food allergies, diabetes and other special diets also requires cooperation between guests and restaurants. The chart below outlines this process in two components: planning and table-side communication.
Based upon years of research, personal experience and extensive discussions with hospitality professionals, the following approach is designed to help you, the person managing healthy lifestyles, eat out safely.
The objective is to enjoy safe experiences regardless of your choice of restaurant, cuisine or location. These suggestions include eight key steps on how to safely eat outside the home.
Planning Steps to Safely Dine Out
I. Educate yourself about eating outside the home
- Read applicable materials
- Talk with other individuals dealing with special diets
- Attend educational sessions
II. Assess your dining comfort level for your safe meal
- Identify your safety factors
- Based upon your previous needs and experience, evaluate what cuisines are low risk and high risk
- Assess specific restaurant cuisines
III. Identify your eating options and preferences
- Determine what type of establishment and atmosphere you prefer
- Assess what type of restaurant cuisine you prefer
- Determine if it is most important to go somewhere new, familiar or recommended
- Select your restaurant
IV. Determine the level of pre-planning effort desired
- Conduct research as necessary on ingredients, preparation and menu items
- Determine the best time for your reservation or meal
- Determine the level of communication and interaction necessary with the restaurant
- Bring reference materials required to order your special meal
Steps to Communicate Your Needs Tableside
I. Discuss your desired dietary needs with the restaurant
- Determine your approach to explaining your dietary needs
- Initiate your first contact with restaurant
- Discuss requirements with the restaurant staff and potentially request a manager or the chef, if needed
II. Evaluate what to order
- Discuss the menu with the restaurant professionals
- Place the order for your special meal meal
III. Receive order and appreciate your special meal
- Confirm your order upon delivery
- Enjoy your safe meal
- Relax and appreciate the dining experience
IV. Provide feedback on your dining experience
- Provide constructive feedback to restaurant professionals on your dining experience
- Recommend the dining establishment to your friends and family
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