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Re: Eating in Hong Kong and Beijing
I've been to HK & China a lot with work, there are apparently a GF shop and a GF vegetarian cafe in HK although I've never found them, I've always eaten in hotels in HK which is expensive but you can get a simple steak etc. In China I always take a travelling card in Chinese explaining what I cannot have, the main issue is soy sauce which is used on everything and most of the meat is soaked in it, once they've read the card and understood what is needed (this takes a lot extensive discussions between the waiter and chef, this is the Chinese way with everything) I've always found more care is taken than in the UK. You should find some western grocery shops, these are very popular in wealthy areas as western made food is seen as desirable and carries some prestige/cost, these always have some kind of GF food if only by accident. I never eat the street food and choose the best restaurants I can find/afford. You can rest assured no Chinese will ever have heard of coeliacs, its completely unknown there.