Hi, I’m moving to Taiwan and due to future social events wondering if I can possibly eat any restaurant food besides like, plain steamed vegetables and plain white rice. Cooking at home isn’t a problem, what’ll be a problem is when I have to go out to eat with coworkers and friends and want to avoid trying to spend half an hour explaining to someone that no, I really can’t eat that bowl of ramen. I don’t know anything about Asian cooking in general aside from Japanese.
I absolutely CAN’T eat sugar, I’ll throw up 30min after even if it’s just a super tiny amount. Natural sugar, such as eating a piece of fruit or a sweet potato, is fine. I can eat mizuame, stevia, honey, and (I think) palm nectar/sugar. A tiny bit of processed/white wheat, alcohol, canola oil, synthetic flavourings and other artificial/synthetic/processed stuff will make me feel sick, have insomnia, get really snappy, and the effects last for a few days, so I avoid them as much as possible (I usually just say I’m “allergic to wheat and sugar” which rules out basically all problem foods), but at least I won’t throw up if I eat them, so for example I “can” eat french fries even if I’ll probably feel sick until 3 days later. Stuff like bean noodles and konnyaku noodles I can eat just fine, but the soup/sauce that comes with the noodles always has sugar/wheat in it in other countries, and I definitely can’t eat anything like wheat noodles or bread (I’d probably throw up). I can eat actual soy like tofu, just not soy sauce (since it usually has wheat/sugar).
No restrictions on anything like meat, seafood, fermented foods, innards etc as long as wheat/sugar/soy sauce isn’t added in there. I tried Googling for stuff like “Paleo in Taiwan” but apparently none of those guys have the problem where they literally can’t eat this stuff without getting sick, they just choose not to eat it, so I basically got a bunch of results that actually has sugar and wheat added in.
So what I’m wondering is, for example, if you order fried rice does it always have soy sauce or sugar added in? Does grilled meat always come with sauce (ex. in Japan you can order “salt flavour” which has no sauce)? Can you always choose to have plain hot water for hot pot broth? Try to keep in mind that when I first arrive my Chinese will be limited so just assume that I can’t really talk to the staff to confirm/ask anything. Thanks in advance!