Travel to China... Great Trip!

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 12:51am
ek2's picture
Joined: 07/22/2010 - 07:38

Our family just returned from China this week. We took everyone including our 5 year old severely PA son. Happy to report no reactions and we found many restaurants that he could eat at safely.
Although I was a little concerned about taking him since China and Thailand are known for serving or cooking with peanuts/peanut oil, through the help of Beijing Kids (an expat magazine) and American Express concierge which researched peanut free restaurants, our little one was able to eat at many places.
Of course, I brought extra epipens and benedryll, packed a suitcase full of alternative food just in case, and had all the hospitals info with me. Here is a list of places to eat in Beijing that do not use peanut oil:
Capital M fusion
Ristorante Sadler
Element Fresh
Grandma's Kitchen
Jing Restaurant in the Peninsula hotel

Restaurants in Xian:
Subway at Terracota Soldiers museum
Sofitel Hotel room service

Pizza Hut

Hope this is helpful! It is very hard to navigate all the peanut stuff, but it can be done!

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 9:51am
Zachnunes's picture
Joined: 05/06/2010 - 17:05

Hey thanks. I got back from a week long trip to China (Beijing and Shanghai) and I found it a little difficult to eat, but I didn't have the sources you did. Thanks for the tips I will use that if I go back.
I loved China and is easily one of the best trips I have taken. Even if the food was difficult it still was an amazing time.
Also I would like to add that if anyone is going to the Shanghai World Expo, there is plenty of places to eat safely there.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 10:20am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Any additional restaurants please add to the list. We will probably return to China and it is good to have options in other cities.
Additionally, one of the great things about China was the willingness of the hotels to help us out. I have traveled quite a bit and the staff at some of the hotels we stayed at were much more understanding and helpful than some hotels in the U.S. They are really diligent about providing great customer service all the way around.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 2:07pm
Zachnunes's picture
Joined: 05/06/2010 - 17:05

Basically in China your best bet is to do one of two things (or both).
- Go to places you know. Like outback steakhouse, or another chain you trust.
- Go with a Chinese speaker or speak chinese. Sometimes they don't want to deal with you if you are speaking English (too much hassle). Once you start speaking chinese or have someone else do it, it would be easier to get the message across.

Posted on: Sun, 03/13/2011 - 6:29pm
Emmi's picture
Joined: 03/11/2011 - 02:27

Hey great story ek2....
Really loved it....China is a wonderful place to visit.
Thanks for sharing,.
Osa Peninsula

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