Going to Tokyo, allergic to soy. Help me build a list of "safe" dishes!
May 25, 2014 9:15 PM Subscribe
I'm going to Tokyo in the fall. I'm allergic to soy. It is an allergy triggered by the soy protein, which means that tofu and edamame are not OK but soy sauce is because the protein is denatured. (This is common for people who are allergic to soy - I am no special snowflake.) The easy solution would seem to be to live on yakitori and yakiniku...but I'm also a vegetarian. Difficulty level = 11!
posted by rednikki to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am attempting to build a list of "safe dishes" that I can eat, things that are likely not to have soy protein in them and where I don't have to eat pieces of meat. (I understand from vegetarian friends that it is very difficult to find a meat-free broth, and that I may have to pick slabs of meat off my food, and that's fine.) I am challenged in that I know very little about Japanese cuisine besides sushi and ramen. I am a big fan of seitan but don't know how to safely order it there.
Things I have found so far: I have discovered okonomiyaki, ramen with shio or shoyu broth (I know the broth will not be vegetarian and it may come with a slab of meat, but I will hand the meat over to my boyfriend and just eat the noodles without broth), tempura vegetables and kinpira gobu. Do you have any other suggestions for me?
I know it is possible to get cards that will alert people to my allergies, but I have heard that awareness of food allergies is low in Japan and thus the cards are often disregarded. Heck, it can be hard to get servers to acknowledge my food allergies in my native country, without a language barrier! So I would like the additional safety net of a list of foods that I can eat.