Are you planning on a vacation in Thailand sometime in the near future? If so, there are some things about the food in Thailand which you should be aware of. Of course, it is well known that Thai food is a lighter Asian cuisine, i.e. not as heavy as most Chinese dishes, and Thai food is amazingly aromatic due to the spices they use regularly like lemongrass and Thai basil. However, many of the most popular Thai dishes are also made with ingredients like peanuts, which cause allergies in a significant amount of people. Are you allergic to peanuts? If so, here is some of what you should know before setting foot on land.
Most Popular Dishes in Thailand with Peanuts
Perhaps the most famous dish with peanuts often served right here at home in Thai restaurants would be Pad Thai. It’s obvious that peanuts are in this noodle dish because you can easily see them scattered throughout the plate. However, curries like Panang, Juaan red curry or even an assortment of the green curries contain peanuts or peanut butter along with coconut milk to give them that nutty sweetness.
Make It a Point to Ask
Suffering a peanut allergy in Thailand is no laughing matter, especially if you are highly allergic. Always make it a point to ask the server if you have any allergies. Don’t assume that just because a menu doesn’t feature peanuts as an ingredient that a peanut product like oil or peanut butter won’t be used in the preparation. Also, there is cross contamination to consider and if anything cooked with peanuts in the ingredients even touches a surface your food will be cooked or presented on, you could suffer a severe allergy as well.
Know Where the Local Hospitals Are
While you would always want to know where the local hospitals are when traveling abroad, it’s especially important if you have any health concerns. Food allergies are among the leading reasons why you would want to know their locations and contact numbers before embarking on your journey. Keep your medical information on your person at all times, so that in the event you are brought to emergency unresponsive, they know where to begin looking. With a peanut allergy, this might be the first thing they’d do. Treat you will a shot of epinephrine and a dose of antihistamine.
There you have the advice you need before traveling to Thailand with a peanut allergy. Unfortunately, there are times when you might not be aware of such a thing because you don’t like peanuts and don’t eat them at home! Foodborne allergies are much more common than you might imagine, so always go prepared, even if you don’t believe you have any. Carry a tin of Benadryl, an EpiPen if you have a prescription for one, and tell anyone in your party of your allergies. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and with peanuts being one of the most common food allergens, an ounce of prevention is always worth so much more than a pound of cure.