Since moving to Newcastle-under-Lyme I’ve been keen to try our local Chinese takeaway, Peaches, who offer gluten free options in their menu. Chinese cuisine is one of the trickiest when you have to follow a gluten free diet because soy sauce usually contains gluten and is in so many dishes. As most food is prepared in the same woks, you also have huge risks of cross contamination. Fortunately for me though, Peaches offer gluten free options for many of their dishes, and cook any gluten free meals separately. Peaches offer a buffet menu and an a la carte menu, but we chose to get a takeaway.
The menu is available online (current menu available here) and all the options that can be adapted to be gluten free are clearly marked. The majority of the menu can be gluten free, which I was very pleasantly surprised by. Obviously any of the deep fried dishes are out, and quite a few of the starters (spring rolls, dim sum etc.), but many of the main meals and accompaniments can be made gluten free.
I decided to go for Peppered Salt Mushrooms as a starter/side, and for my main I went for King Prawn and Scallop with Cashews with Egg Fried Rice. I also had a little bit of the Roast Crispy & Char Sui, Cantonese Style (which I asked to be made gluten free). The prawn crackers are unfortunately not gluten free so we bought our own and had those instead!
I ordered over the phone and was very reassured when I placed my order as I was informed that my food would be cooked separately and even stored separately. When we collected the food we were given a crate, and on the top was a plastic bag which had the gluten free dishes in (it did also have a crispy potato basket in which I was told wasn’t gluten free, but as this was in a separate bag and the gluten free items were all in sealed containers there were no concerns for cross contamination).
The food itself was lovely. I’m not that experienced in Chinese cuisine but I very much enjoyed the dishes I tried. I particularly enjoyed the scallops in my main dish, and the flavours of the mushroom dish. One thing others pointed out was the variety in flavours – each dish had very different flavours (all of which were delicious!). I don’t think this is necessarily the case at all Chinese restaurants/takeaways so Peaches got a big thumbs up from us!
I’m sure I’ll be trying more Chinese cuisine now we have somewhere so close (walking distance!). I’d like to eat in too though I’m not sure I’d be able to have the buffet as I imagine that isn’t gluten free. I’ll happily work my way through the a la carte menu though!
Peaches is on the outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme and offers eat in and takeaway options. For more information see their website.