Pei Wei. I have eaten there before and kinda knew that I should avoid but this time I decided to ask for the gluten-free menu. (Tip - don't bother with the online gluten-free menu ask for the complete allergy listing they have in the store - that's where I found out they have rice noodles). Well I am glad I did because there were only two dinner meal options listed. I am not freaking kidding. And of course most of the other items had chicken (which I also am lucky enough to be allergic too). Yea I am awesome.
So I ended up picking one of them and letting the girl know it was the gluten-free choice. The Sweet and Sour Shrimp with gluten-free rice noodles.
Jon and I went to the table and I was very super excited. There was even one of those red hot sauce mixes already on the table.
Jon enjoyed a fortune cookie while I watched and then he left me "open" my fortune and he ate the cookie. I know I was being so super good.
The food arrived and it looked awesome. Especially the rice noodles.
However, when I took my first bite of shrimp I thought I felt a distinct crunch. No not a shell kind of crunch, more like a "this has been dipped in wash then flour and fried" kind of crunch.
Oh no right? Yea. Totally oh no.
Well I tried to peel off what I thought was the crust (as we will call it). I couldn't so I kept eating the noodles and what not until I decided what I should do about the shrimp.
I ate another one. I knew there was something not right. The crust seemed to be too gluten-like. So I tried to tear the next shrimp and sure enough a coating of some kind seperated from the shrimp.
Well now what was I going to do. I doubted that they would coat the gluten-free shrimp in something else to fry them and I was having doubts about how often they actually made gluten-free meals at this location in the first place...
I insisted to Jon that I didn't think it was right... but I didn't mention it. I know that was super stupid of me.
However, next time I will be sure to ask if their gluten-free shrimp are coated in anything or not... Until then gluten warriors, beware of the Pei Wei.
Much luck and love.
Till next time,