Since I’ve written about being vegetarian in South Korea, I decided to gather information and testimonies from the internet in this article about celiac disease.
I hope this article is helpful to those interested.
What can you eat and where can you find it?
As you already know the ‘Korean menu’ is very varied and you can find rice (obviously), fish, vegetables, meat, and fruit. So I think you can prepare simple dishes based on rice, meat, and vegetables to survive in the event of ‘panic of the first week’.
In Seoul, and like in all major Korean cities, there are super and hypermarkets where you can find a fairly satisfying variety of products that you can eat. One of the most famous is Homeplus where, as mentioned on the web, often you can find an area for ‘gluten-free’ foods. In the supermarkets, you can also find rice noodles.
But what can you eat outside the home?
The problem with Korean food is that often it is about marinated or fermented dishes, with who knows how many ingredients/ spices/sauces.
Sauces or ingredients that contain gluten are:
chili paste – 고추장;
bean paste -된장;
soy sauce – 간장.
In conclusion, I recommend everyone to bring something from home to resist at least the first few weeks. I recognize that having food allergies in Asia is rather inconvenient, so it takes time to explore and adapt.
Always ask if the dish you want to order has been cooked/marinated in soy sauce or if there is bean paste or chili pepper.
Does it contain chili paste? 고추장 들어 있어요?
Does it contain bean paste? 된장 들어 있어요?
Contains soy sauce? 간장 들어 있어요?
Please give it to me without chili paste. 고추장 없이 주세요
Please give it to me without bean paste. 된장 없이 주세요
Please give it to me without soy sauce. 간장 없이 주세요
I can not eat (-). 저는 (-) 먹지 못합니다
I’m celiac. 저는 셀리 악 병 가지고 있어요
Dairy products 유제품
Soy sauce 간장
Pepper paste 고추장
Bean paste 된장
Celiac 셀리악 병
Gluten-free 글루텐 프리