There are many things that I miss since going gluten-free; beer, Taco Bell, NJ bagels, cookie dough ice cream and Chinese take out (to name a few).
Not for nothing, while a part of me is happy to erase most non nutritious items from my diet, a part of me still gets a craving now and then.
That’s why when I got a yearning for some throwback Chinese food this past Sunday, I went on a search to find some.
Lo and behold, Lilli and Loo, and UES establishment serving up some some old school Chinese food with some new school flair – a gluten-free menu endorsed by the GFRAP (Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program).
No questions about soy sauce, no questions about noodles. The only tough part of the meal was narrowing down the choices.
I don’t know if you would call this narrowing, but nonetheless – the line-up:
The dumplings weren’t fantastic, but considering I haven’t had a real dumpling in over a year, I’d say decent.
Saigon Roll is a must get – especially if you are vegan/vegetarian.
The sesame noodles were sadly not gluten-free and no real lo mein option existed for us special folks. There was pad thai though and other rice noodle dishes.
The lettuce wraps needed some type of plum sauce which was not offered (or at least not the GF version).
Never been so happy to have chicken and broccoli in my life (seriously – well almost). Tasted just like the real deal.
The Kung Pao was an attempt at being “healthy” i.e. omitting the fried dishes (general t’so etc). Not the best decision.
Love eggplant. Loved this.
I think I fulfilled my Chinese food craving for the next couple months. Well hopefully at least.
Lilli and Loo
Pros: GF Chinese food with an option to sushi.
Cons: Missing some staples (egg roll, lo-mein, fortune cookies?!)