New Allergy Friendly Recipe Series


I’m back! I’ve been away for a little bit as you have probably noticed. I just finished up a job that icluded a lot of writing and I was burnt out. The thought of writing anything else made me cringe so I stopped writing posts. I didn’t make anything blogworthy anyway… August was a month of fairly boring food, aside from the recipes I created for the rice cooker cookbook. I finished my job at the end of August and made myself take a week off of content creation. I’m back and really excited to create new recipes and some interesting content as well.

This brings me to an announcement of a project that I have been thinking about for a while. I often get asked for help finding allergen-free products and I have decided to create some Japan-friendly recipes for those with allergies. And I need your input for that.

Please leave comments below telling me:

  • What food allergies you have
  • What kind of allergen-free recipes you would like to see
  • What ingredients you are having a hard time finding in Japan

I’ll be posting allergen-free recipes from October every two weeks until the end of December.

16 thoughts on “New Allergy Friendly Recipe Series

  1. Mine are probably a bit challenging — allergic to dairy, fermented foods, mushrooms, and shellfish. I loved Japanese food before developing the allergies, now it’s hard to find a recipe to cook.

  2. I used to love Japanese food as well. I’m moving to Japan for a year soon. Since my last trip there, I developed intolerances to sulfites and salicylates (the aspirin compound found in most fruits and veggies and their derivatives, even seaweed, and many “healthy” foods like tea) and all kinds of food preservatives. The worse part is that it seems that the reactions I get from them are really heightened by the presence of either naturally occurring or added MSG in a dish (my worst reactions have been from Japanese restaurants, which I don’t frequent anymore.). I’m aware this is not common and don’t expect recipes, but if you or anyone else has any information or experience on how to deal with either of these so far from the home comfort zone, ANYTHING, I’d really appreciate it 🙂

    • This is indeed a challenge. I will take a look and see if I can find anything to help you. Could you give me examples of things that you can eat to give me an idea for recipes?

    • Thanks for leaving a comment. I will be sure to include some gluten free recipes. You can find gluten free soy sauce on Amazon Japan. I haven’t tried them but there are a couple of options.

      Broadbean soy sauce – gluten and soy free

      Quinoa soy sauce – gluten, soy and rice free

      • Hi and thank you. I can’t see gluten-free soy sauce on Amazon Japan (the English version anyway) – could you point me in the right direction? Thanks

  3. Hello, my wife has a gluten allergy. We’ve found rice flour, corn flour, gluten-free beer and some gluten-free pasta (spaghetti).
    We would love to see some gluten-free recipes for bread recipes or corn muffins?
    I haven’t been able to find plantains, gluten-free breads or stores/restaurants that specialize in gluten-free items in Tokyo.
    ps- We found some on the internet but when we went there they had closed down or no longer offer that service.

    • Thank you for posting. I have a friend who uses plantains – I will check where she gets them from. Rice bread is all the rage right now and I will track down some places you can order from as well as some easy-to-make-in-Japan recipes.

      • That would be great! Having bread means I can make her chicken parmesan, Chicken tempura, Croutons(salads/stuffing), sandwiches, french toast.

  4. I don’t like being a plug for a company but as I am celiac and my daughter is gluten and soy intolerant. We have found a number of items, including gluten-free tamari sauce, on I have not had much luck in finding gluten free items in Tokyo where we currently live, but I have been to some international groceries in Tokyo that carry some items that are naturally gluten free like rice pasta, and a limited amount of gluten free flours which are expensive and pricey.

    I would love to see gluten free Japanese dishes, classic Japanese dishes. This would be quite a feat, but I would love to see a noodle soup that is completely gluten free but finding the appropriate items as been very difficult.

    • Thanks for commenting Jacqueline. My next blog post will be how to get all the allergen-free pantry items you need to make classic Japanese food. What specific items are you having problems sourcing?

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