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Gluten Free Options at Bangkok Cuisine // Upper East Side

Bangkok Cuisine, one of the first Thai Culinary Arts restaurants, is located on the Upper East Side is deigned to imitate a Thai Palace.  The food is traditional, regional and modernized Thai Fusion, and their most coveted dish is the home-made Pad Thai dish, which is gluten free!

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Bangkok Cuisine is beautifully designed as a traditional Thai Palace through marble décor, with Swarski crystal chandeliers, elegant French glassware and stoneware of the highest caliber with gold embellishments. Waitresses  wear royal garb to make customers feel that their dining in a royal Thai palace. Furthermore, Bangkok Cuisine’s food is created by a chef with over 15 years experience in traditional, regional and modernized Thai fusion preparations.

The menu features everything from traditional and regional Thai dishes to modernized Thai fusion preparations that use French cooking techniques. In order to maintain the quality of its food and the authenticity of classic Thai cuisine, the restaurant uses only ingredients of the highest caliber, carefully selecting the finest herbs and spices native to Thailand. What sets it apart is that everything here is fresh and homemade, including spices ground on the premises and sauces made from scratch.

Gluten free menu items include:

  • Fried Tofu
  • Steamed Mussels
  • Papaya Salad
  • Mango and Avocado Salad (no dressing)
  • Fresh Summer Rolls
  • All Curry Dishes
  • Pad Thai
  • Seafood Tom Yum Pad Thai
  • Grilled Salmon 
  • Mango Sticky Rice

Last night Amit, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, and I had a delicious meal. We tried a few of the gluten free options and were very impressed. I started with a Lychee Martini, which I’ve never had before. It was not too sweet, luckily, and did not taste like vodka, another plus for me. It made me feel as if I was back in Thailand sitting on a tropical beach. 

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The fried tofu was light and airy with a delicious, mild chili sauce. The Fresh summer rolls were fresh and served with a peanut dipping sauce.

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We shared the Seafood Tom Yum Pad Thai and it was delicious! It was so flavorful yet light and dull of shrimp, mussels and calamari. We were scrapping the plate trying to eat up every last bite. 

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We were too full to order dessert, but they do offer Mango Sticky Rice that can be made gluten free. 

Please note that all dishes are prepared in the same kitchen. 

 

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Apinya Thai Chili Sauce Review

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Unsatisfied with vinegar-based hot sauces, Adam and Apinya Ross thought it was time to make a line of premium chili sauces using fresh vegetables and spices as the base.

Inspired by the flavors of Thailand, Apinya Thai Chili Sauce is made with roasted red peppers, fresh Thai chilies, ginger, and garlic. This premium hot sauce is SUPER spicy.

The original recipe of Apinya Thai Chili Sauce pairs well with unseasoned chicken, fish, steak, sandwiches, soups, pizza, and bland Chinese takeout.

It can also be used as a dip for seafood, kabobs, vegetables, and dried mango. Or use it to replace ketchup, cocktail sauce, other hot sauces with your favorite, everyday foods.

  • Fresh, Natural Ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Fat Free
  • Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors

Bloody Apinya

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Ingredients

  • 5 fl oz tomato juice
  • 2 fl oz vodka
  • 2 tsp Apinya Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 sprig cilantro
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper

Directions

Mix tomato juice, vodka, Apinya sauce, salt, pepper, and juice from half of the blood orange into a glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of blood orange and cilantro.

Click here for more great recipes using Apinya Thai Chili Sauce.

Ingredients:
Peppers, Ginger, Chilies, Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Salt, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Potassium sorbate and Sodium bisulfite as preservaties. CONTAINS SULPHITE

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You can buy Apinya Thai Chili Sauce at select stores in NYC, at Apinya’s online store or on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Cook Simple Gluten Free Meals – Healthy Home Cooking Made Simple

cooksimpleI love cooking. But let’s face it, after a long day at work and either a quick trip to the gym or running around town doing errands, who really wants to spend the time and energy to cook a meal? One solution is Cooksimple. Cooksimple offers a line of inexpensive and budget-friendly gluten free meal kits made from all-natural, whole foods and no added sugars.

Cooksimple was founded on the principle that people will eat healthier if doing so is tasty, easy, and accessible. Cooksimple has designed a product line to do just that by removing the largest barrier for most people: the lack of time to cook at home. These meal kits are a breeze to prepare, and are flavorful, satisfying, and inexpensive, all the while delivering superior nutrition.

I recently had the opportunity to try a few products from this line. The instructions were simple, and in under 30 minutes I had a complete meal ready to feed a family of five!  What I truly appreciated about these meal kits is the back of the box. Where it shows clear pictures of the ingredients you’ll need to buy. Also listed, are suggestions for variations and substitutions. Each meal requires you to buy 2-3 extra ingredients, such as ground turkey, canned tomatoes, chicken, shrimp, sausage or tofu. Some of the ingredients (soy sauce, eggs, olive oil, and canned tomatoes) I already had in my pantry, as most people probably do too. All of the meal kits are vegan on their own, and can be prepared with tofu, beans or other vegan meat alternatives to satisfy vegetarian and vegan diets.IMG_2349

Cooksimple meals have a lower sodium content than most boxed meals. This is a huge plus for me, not only for health reasons (too much salt is not good for anyone) but I also because I tend not to like to add much salt to my meals. These meals have about 50% less sodium compared to other boxed meals, and also rank higher in nutritional value and higher in fiber.

Cooksimple is all about making life easier, not weight loss. But it’s clear that they value nutrition and healthy ingredients. Cooksimple is sold in over 3000 stores across the U.S. and the full product line is also available for purchase online for $4.99 each. To find a location near you click here.

There are nine diverse and globally-inspired kits available including Tamale Pie, Cowboy Chili, Asian Burgers, Skillet Lasagna, Cranberry Wild Rice, Punjabi Curry, Tibetan Dal, White Bean Chili, and New Orleans Jambalaya.

tibetan dalThe Tibetan Dal is classic savory Indian dish with aromas of cumin and turmeric, a hint of cilantro, and can be enjoyed as a meal or a special dip. This meal kit only required the addition of canned tomatoes and olive oil – super easy and super flavorful. IMG_2369

My favorite meal kit, by far, is the Asian Burgers. This savory recipe adds an Asian inspired twist to traditional burgers. The box suggests adding ground turkey, soy crumbles or beans. I added a mix of black beans, pinto beans, artichoke hearts and mushrooms which I chopped in a food processor before adding them to the oat and spice mixture of sesame seeds, onion, garlic, ginger, orange peel and sea salt.  The burgers were delicious and moist, and smelled heavenly while cooking. The box also includes a package of rice, which for being ordinary rice, was also exceptionally flavorful.

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The white bean chili was anything but mundane. The spices – chili powder, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic – are strong. Made with pinto, navy and kidney beans, I also added shredded chicken breast. I opted for water, not milk, but I think the milk would have helped cut the intensity of the spices. For a vegetarian dish, add more beans or tofu.wbc

The classic New Orleans Jambalaya was surprisingly lacking in flavor, and I needed to add more of my own spices. I was expecting a spicy dish, but this was just lackluster. Using Andouille sausage will give it the kick it needs to kick the spice factor up a notch. If you use precooked shrimp do not add them until the very end. The shrimp only need a few minutes to cook and if you add them at the beginning, like the directions say, they will be overcooked and too dry.IMG_2364

So how do these meal kits really stack up against other boxed meals?

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Stouffers is the highest in calories fat sugar sodium but also high in protein. stouffersSimply Asia noodle bowls are also high in calories and sodium! simplyasia

It isn’t often that I find a gluten free product free of preservatives and additives that is healthy and super tasty! I definitely recommend buying a few boxes of CookSimple™ to keep on hand for those nights that you don’t feel like cooking.

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Product Review: Saffron Road World Cuisine

I’ve never been big into frozen meals, not before my gluten intolerance nor now. But when I was offered to try out a new natural frozen food line I didn’t hesitate; the packaging alone caught my eye! I was intrigued, and hopeful, that I would finally find a frozen meal I would like; one that was not too salty or high in calories that I could heat up quickly when I didn’t feel like cooking.

Saffron Road offers “gourmet world cuisine” – Turkish, Thai, Indian, Moroccan, Manchurian and good old chicken tenders, nuggets and bites. Saffron Road prides itself on all natural, vegetarian fed meat raised without antibiotics. Why is this important? I was curious of that myself. So after spending about 15 minutes googling this, I’ve learned that vegetarian fed meat contains less total fat and has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats). I also learned that 80% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used for animals, not humans. This is disturbing, considering how many people could benefit from antibiotics. But, I will not get into that here. Overall, it appears to be healthier to eat the antibiotic free and vegetarian raised meats.

I’d like to clarify for the sake of full disclosure that these products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. I was not paid anything to write this review. Rest assured, I will be thorough in my review.

I had two choices: cook in the oven for 40 minutes or heat in the microwave for 5 minutes. I was hungry so I chose the later.  The aromas that filled the air from my microwave, made me feel like I was about to eat a very delicious ethnic meal from an Indian restaurant. The first entrée I tried was the Chicken Tikka Masala. Described as braised white meat chicken simmerwed with Tandoori spices in a robust, creamy tomato sauce with basmati rice. All of the products have a heat indicator on the package. This one was medium. – I avoided all ‘’hot’’ entrees, as you all know I could not handle those – I loved the flavor of this entrée and it certainly had a kick to it; my lips were left burning. The sauce was incredibly flavorful and rich, but not too creamy, and the chicken was tender and juicy; not rubbery like many frozen dinners I have tried before.  I love that each entrée is one portion and a sizable healthy portion at that. This one was the lowest in calories (290), fiber (3g) and protein (18g), and the highest in sodium (670mg) that I tried.

Next I tried the Lemongrass Basil Chicken. This is by far my favorite dish. The sauce was made with green curry, peppers, onions and basil. It was light and rich in flavors. The rice was a perfect texture. But, I was disappointed with the amount of chicken in the entrée. I had some plain chicken breast in my fridge left over from dinner last night and I added it to the sauce. This dish has 370 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 20 grams of protein and 460mg sodium per serving. It was pretty high in saturated fat, 6 grams, the highest I’ve seen yet.

Saffron road also makes a Lemongrass Simmer Sauce, which I also tried. It was tasty and I will most likely buy it again, but it wasn’t as good as the meal. But, much more affordable ($2.99 at my local Wholefoods) and goes a lot further.

The third entrée I tried was the Chicken Biryani; tender chunks of chicken baked in basmati rice topped with caramelized onions in the classic hyderabadi (type of Indian cuisine) style. This dish was loaded with flavors; ginger, garlic, turmeric and onions to name a few. I devoured the entire plate. This entrée had less sodium than the Masala, and I could definitely tell. (I am so sensitive to salt!) The calories were slightly higher (400) as was the protein (25 g). I believe the higher calories are due to the significantly larger amount of rice in the dish. I was surprised that this was higher in protein because it seemed to have less meat than the Masala.  All other entrees had ample sauce, but this one left me craving more.

The Lamb Koftis was my least favorite meal. The sauce was a bit bland compared to the other entrees. The meatballs were also lacking in taste, and compared to the other entrees that are so rich in flavor, this was a let down for me. The meat itself had a nice texture, but could have usedmore spices. The rice was so fluffy; I absolutely loved it!  This dish has 340 calories, 4g of fiber, 13g of protein, 450 mg of sodium per serving. This is the least amount of sodium yet! I always ragged on my dad for eating frozen entrees with over 600 mg of sodium. I read once, years ago, 600 mg should be the maximum in a frozen meal. This has been my rule of thumb for every frozen item I buy now. Not only is the sodium not good for you, but I personally do not like salty foods and know I would not like something with that much salt in it.

Overall, I found the entrees to be very tasty and full of flavorful, I was very impressed by this, which I have not found to be true of my frozen meals. I loved the texture of the rice in every single entrée, as well as the meat; all were moist and tender. My only compliant is the amount of meat in each meal. Each entree contained such small amounts of meat and I was left wishing there was more.

Not all of their products are gluten free, but a majority are; including simmer sauces, chicken fingers and chicken tandoori nuggets (I must try these), and the chickpea snacks. Saffron road also offers vegetarian and vegan options.

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Gluten Free Options at Bangkok Express in Quincy Market Place at Faneuil Hall

Bangkok Express in Faneuil Hall offers a handful of gluten free menu options, all labeled ‘GF’ on the menu. Everything is made to order and doesn’t take too long to cook. It’s perfect for a quick and cheap meal on the go. The food is good, not the best Thai food in Boston, but then again this is fast food. The meals are a good size, prices range from $6.95 to $9.95 for an entrée.

This is good news for us! For those of you who haven’t been there, Quincy Market is a huge building filled with food stalls; they’ve got everything from Clam Chowder, to Thai to Gyros to mouth watering pastries and much much more. Just looking at the food displayed in the cases I used to cringe. Not only because it was screaming GLUTEN (lobster rolls, soups with god knows what kind of base, cookies, fried dough….I think you get the picture) but I also knew there was nothing I could eat that wouldn’t make me sick. That is until I noticed the menu at Bangkok Express! Although gluten free options are limited at Quincy Market, it is nice to know there is something there to eat!

Some of the menu options include:
Tom Yum Soup, a hot and sour soup with chicken or vegetables
Mango Curry
Pad Thai
Cashew Chicken Rice

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Gluten Free Thai Yellow Curry Chicken Soup

After my recent trip to Asia I fell in love with Thai food. Two of my favorite dishes were Tom Kha Gai (coconut milk soup) and Yellow Chicken Curry. So I decided to combine the two and make a yellow curry paste and coconut milk soup with chicken. I like the yellow curry because it is less spicy than other varities of curry, but I’m sure the recipe would work with any type of curry paste. This is a very quick and easy recipe to make! This recipe makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients:
2 cup water
2 cup coconut milk
4 Tablespoons Yellow Curry Paste
1 inch fress ginger, thinly sliced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks (or shrimp)
2 stalks lemongrass
1 onion, cut into big chuncks
1 tomato, cut into bite size peices
1 cup broccoli
1/3 cup sliced carrots
1/3 cup sliced celery
In a medium sized sauce pan add water and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the yellow curry paste. Stir. Add vegetables, ginger and meat. (You can use any vegetables you would like, mushrooms, potatoes, bell peppers). Cook until meat is cooked thoroughly, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.
I’ve made this recipe twice. The first time I used coconut milk and the second time I used lite coconut milk. The first came out thicker than when I made it with lite coconut milk. But if you are on a low-fat diet than use the lite. I also added a handful of coconut flakes to the soup, I don’t think I could really taste the added coconut though. I’ve also used cherry tomatoes in place of plum tomatoes. You can really use almost any vegetable you like!
 I’ve made this recipe with leftover thanksgiving turkey meat, which was precooked and it came out great! It didn’t need to be cooked as long when I used already cooked meat. I added the vegetables first and cooked for about 3 minutes then added the turkey until the it was warmed all the way through and the brooth was hot.
In Thailand we were always served a side of rice with our meals. Adding plain white rice to the soup also tastes great! Enjoy!