Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in everything, gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

No Jewish Christmas is complete without a movie and some sort of Asian cuisine. The custom came about because traditionally during Christmas, not much more is open.

I’ve had my heart set  on going to Nom Wah Tea Parlor as soon as I found out that this dim sum joint, one of the oldest in Chinatown, offered a gluten-free menu.

Yes you heard correctly. A restaurant, that has been around for 91 years is one of the most up-to-date in regards to allergies and dietary restrictions.

This might be attributed to the fact that back in 2010, Wilson Tang, nephew of former owner Wally Tang, took over the restaurant – reviving everything from the menu to the decor and everything in between.

Wilson even brought the restaurant to a variety of media outlets – hence the reason I was able to find out this place offered gluten-free dim sum.

I alerted our server that I was gluten-free and he immediately brought over a bottle of Tamari:

The easy to navigate menu is clearly marked with what is GF and what is not, and even includes handy dandy photos of each item. We orderedof spattering of GF plates, including:


Tofu Skin Roll (GF)

Scallion & Cilantro Rice Roll (GF)


Chinese Broccoli (GF w/o oyster sauce)

Beef Balls (GF)


Beef Rice Roll (GF)

Stuffed Eggplant (specify GF)


Vegetarian Rice Roll (GF)

I have to give props to my father for eating all gluten-free with me. And yes – the two of us ate all that food.

Of everything, my favorites were the tofu skin roll and the beef rice roll – but everything was delicious. Make sure to specify that you are gluten-free upon sitting because some of the items (broccoli, eggplant) need to be modified and they will not know unless you tell them.

And because we weren’t full enough, we decided to throw some dessert in the mix:


Fried Sesame Ball w/ Lotus Paste (GF)

No joke – amazing. I would describe it is a warm, Asian zeppole. A must try.

There is no question that I will be back at this place sometime soon. For the time being, we were overly stuffed and running late to our 5pm showing of Django (which was awesome).

Till next time – Nom Wah.


Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Rating: A
Pros: Gluten-free dim sum menu. Authenic, delicious food.
Cons: No reservations. And no GF pork buns.

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor: 11 Doyers St. NY NY 10013 (212) 962-6047


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