I'll soon be flying to Taipei and others parts of Taiwan for two weeks. Anyone here live in Taiwan and have some suggestions for avoiding gluten, seed oils, and MSG over there? The food is really good but MSG is ubiquitous as is soybean oil and soy sauce (gluten).
I plan on bringing with me copious amounts of wild planet sardines, canned salmon, beef jerky, macadamia nuts, coconut oil, inca chips, and coconut flakes to try and eat as clean as possible while travelling.
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on March 23, 2012
at 02:32 PM
Hopefully you are going to Taipei: I lived in Taipei for 2 years, in that city, there are TONS of great restaurants of all types/nationalities of great standards/high cuisine so you shouldn't have any issue finding places to choose. In Taipei, at least, a lot of people speak English fluently, but forget about organic. (there was also a big thing about govt. requiring residents to seperate food scraps from the daily garbage to feed the pigs at the farms...issues of contaimination etc. reported)
The small local places will likely contain foods mostly with pork, beef, rice and wheat noodles and lots of soy in soups etc. I'm allergic to both beef and soy so I couldn't eat in too many of these places. but they are cheap and smell heavenly.
At least in Taipei there are nice 'american' type grocery stores full of imports of all kinds.
Outside of Taipei it gets very rural and can be a bit more complex but its do-able.
Have a great time!! Great weather about now as well.
on July 13, 2014
at 03:54 AM
Last I was there 3 years ago they had rendered beef fat at Carrefour near Ximen. Now that I'm back I'm pretty much living off of 牛肉湯 （beef soup) and 魯肉飯 （pork stew rice). Both probably have some soy sauce, and the latter some sugar, but for the most part a great source of good fats. The beef soup place I go to actually has a big cup of spicy beef fat on every table; kind of a paleo dream.
on April 06, 2012
at 07:12 PM
Personally I wouldn't try to avoid MSG. As far as I am concerned it is just as natural as vinegar and made almost the same way. It used to be made with chemical hydrolysis which seems anti paleo, but these days it is all natural fermentation, and has to be at least better than sugar for you. That being said a place like Taiwan, if you will have a kitchen and be equipped is a great place to get all kinds of fresh seafood. Many people who do paleo also feel that white rice is "safe" in that it has so little nutritional value it doesn't often through you out of whack. However if memory serves me right it can easily be avoided through just eating a lot of fish stews and soups, and even just fresh fish. On a side note to me the people of Taiwan are generally healthy so while I agree with the Paleo diet for the most part, I gotta think they must also be doing something right. There is more than one way to eat right. Plus it is only two weeks, just stay away from processed stuff, splurge a little on your gluten if it is that prevalent and if you can stomach it.
on March 23, 2012
at 04:00 PM
I'm not sure how easily it would be to avoid oils, but I remember there being steak places in Taipei, and hot pot is almost always a safe choice (ask for just water for the broth) as you can choose what goes in.
Paleo may just be starting to catch on, as Chinese editions of Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain's books were just published in Taiwan in the past several months. Though Robb Wolf's book had some foreword by some vegetarian diet guru about how he and his parents had thrived (living to 102) on whole grain foods, which was odd so I emailed Robb Wolf, and they say this may have been unauthorized.
on March 23, 2012
at 03:06 PM
leave the canned good at home and enjoy the amazing local food for two weeks! i'm not trying to dismiss your efforts, but sometimes you need to go for the full experience. when i was there, i stayed away from the big culprits (like wheat and soy), but i didn't worry too much about what oil was used in the preparation of the meat and veggie dishes. i also didn't say no to rice dishes or the amazing variety of fruits. of course, if you have major negative responses to certain foods due to insensitivies, then this might not be possible.