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Mar 7, 2014 06:15 AM

DIm Sum Without Soy

We have a friend who likes dim sum (both gastronomically and socially) but has developed a medical condition where she has to avoid soy products. Can anyone here suggest a half-dozen or so dim sum items with no soy? (For example, Har Gow would be one possibility. The rice noodle rolls--if we can stop the waiter from pouring sauce over them!--might be another.)

Are there more?

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      1. re: fourunder

        fourunder makes a really good point. There are so many things in dumplings that one wouldn't think of. For instance, there's lots of dried shrimp in non-fishy things. I'd be very careful with dim sum generally if I had allergies.

          1. re: eleeper

            Then your query is best answered by the place you end up at....only they can know the actual recipe and ingredients in the fillings of their dim sum. Even if you name a place, the people on this board may think they know....but i guarantee you they do not.

            1. re: fourunder

              And if there's a language barrier, then all bets are off.

        1. To soy? Or the gluten in soy?

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          1. Sounds like a dangerous place for your friend to tread.
            As said already many fillings have small amounts of light Soy that would not be noticeable by color.
            Also if Soy Oil is a problem it add a whole lot more uncertainty.

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            1. re: chefj

              I just spot checked a few rice flour roll recipes in Andrea Nguyen's Asian Dumplings and a couple of them have soy sauce in the filling itself, not just the sauce. The Har Gow recipe of hers doesn't have soy but it has pork fat. That's not applicable in this case but the point is that there are surprising ingredients in dim sum and Chinese food in general. Also, while a cookbook may not include certain things, that doesn't mean the restaurant itself doesn't. As you say, "dangerous place."

              1. re: c oliver

                While Andrea Nguyen may not call for Soy in Har Gow (蝦餃) all of my traditional Canton Recipes do. Just to say that one recipe does not really predict the most common preparation.

                1. re: chefj

                  I'm not disagreeing with you at all. As has been said, Chinese food can have many different things in it that you might not ever know about.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I not defending either. just pointing out that even the same dish may or may not have Soy depending on who's cooking.

                    1. re: chefj

                      And even if every printed recipe shows a certain ingredient or not, that doesn't mean that a particular restaurant doesn't include or exclude. And unless OP or friend speaks Cantonese, they're unlikely to be able to get accurate/safe info.

              2. I don't have any soy sauce health issues other than I don't really like it as a condiment. Dim sum is my favorite treat, however, and I've noticed at our usual place that the dishes we get are fairly sodium-deprived. I ask for hot mustard, and have considered bringing a little salt box with me, but so far I've forgotten to do that. Maybe I'll remember tomorrow.