Yes…I have a victory to report! I’m very excited about a substitution I found – for those crunchy Chinese noodles! Eating gluten-free has energized a sense in me, I’m now always looking for a way I can tweak a food item to make it taste similar to the way I would eat it with gluten. Sunday night I discovered one definitely worth reporting!
Chinese noodle substitution
You know those Chinese noodles that come with nearly every take-out dish under the sun? Well we buy them often for our chicken chow mein meals. I used to eat them right out of the bag; and sure, I’d put them on my chow mein too. They are great “rice” noodles, caked with wheat!
So before our meal Sunday night, I made a statement… that up until that point – 2 weeks into my gluten-free experiment I hadn’t missed any food – but this meal I thought I might. I had been wondering what I could possibly substitute into my chow mein to give me that little crunch I was looking for.
I grabbed Glutino’s Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks and sunflower seeds. I wanted something with crunch, but potentially, not much flavor. I tried both and honestly they both were pretty good. But the pretzel sticks won out! In fact I talked Ida and the biggest supporter of my chow mein: 9-year-old daughter Emma. Both said they liked it. I think they both would do it again. And neither of them had ever had tried a Chinese noodle or some type of substitution before.
I was amazed! I gave myself a pat on the back! If you have any fun gluten-free substitution stories, send them here! I would love to hear them and I’m sure readers would love to read them!