Panda Asian Fusion

panda asian fusion

When I was first diagnosed with celiac, one of the first things I missed was good ol’ takeout Chinese food. My all-time favorite dish was lo mein, and although the lo mein at Panda Asian Fusion in Freehold, NJ isn’t exactly like the gluten-y version, it’s pretty darn close. They also have a full gluten free menu—seriously, this menu is huge—which is always a big plus. They even have a sign by the door that says gluten free!

panda asian fusion gluten free menu

It was almost overwhelming to look at all these options! This is one of the largest, if not the largest, gluten free menus I’ve ever seen. I think I forgot what it felt like to have a full menu of options. It was so exciting! When I ordered off the gluten free menu, instead of bringing those crispy noodles with duck sauce, they brought a little bowl of Chex with it! I mean how cute is that? I got the General Tso’s Chicken Combo Platter, which comes with chicken fried rice and a gluten free egg roll (yes, you heard that right, it’s a gluten free egg roll). And that egg roll (although very flaky and messy) was fantastic!

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This was soooooo good. Like, incredible. I couldn’t even believe it was gluten free; I felt like I shouldn’t have been eating it! It was crispy and juicy and the sauce was amazing! I can’t even explain how much I love this. The fried rice was also very good, although I had to add a little extra soy sauce to it. But that’s just because I love soy sauce a lot. My mom got the Shrimp with Broccoli Combo Platter, which was also delicious. The shrimp were so juicy and tender, and the sauce was very tasty!

panda asian fusion gluten free shrimp with broccoli

Now, I couldn’t go to a Chinese restaurant that has gluten free lo mein and not get it. So my mom and I shared an order of the chicken lo mein. I am also just realizing I consumed a lot of chicken at this place (General Tso’s chickenchicken fried rice, chicken lo mein). Anyway, this lo mein was soo yummy! I’m calling it lo mein but it technically isn’t; they just call it Chicken Noodles on the menu. But it’s as close as I’ve ever gotten to gluten free lo mein so that’s what I’m callin’ it! The flavor was great, the noodles were cooked well, and it was just awesome.

panda asian fusion gluten free lo mein

Panda Asian Fusion is overall just wonderful. When I’m craving some good takeout Chinese food, this is definitely one of my go-tos. The staff seem like they’re knowledgable about gluten free, so you’re not worried about getting something that’s not actually GF. When you go to Panda Asian Fusion, you can expect delicious food and friendly service. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to gluten free Chinese!

I’m gonna do a little comparing here, too. So one of my first ever reviews was P.F. Chang’s. Don’t worry, my love for P.F. Chang’s still goes on, but I am torn between which I like better. It really depends what I’m in the mood for. Do I want beef? Do I want noodles? Do I want chicken? Do I want fried rice (I will say P.F. Chang’s does do this better)? It all depends, it’s so hard to compare them! I will say Panda Asian Fusion is more reminiscent of traditional takeout Chinese to me. No matter where you go, you will absolutely get amazing food!

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P.F. Chang’s

For my first post, I thought I would start out with one of my very favorite restaurants! P.F. Chang’s has so many gluten free options, and they’re all listed right on the regular menu; no request for a special GF menu necessary.

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The food is fantastic, and as my lovely Aunt Cat states, “every dish I’ve eaten tastes just as amazing as their gluten-filled dishes.” And they really do, you won’t miss the gluten because you won’t even taste the difference. But you can see that it’s gluten free; they serve GF dishes on special plates and serve GF sauces in little red dishes. The staff are very knowledgable about gluten free, and we once spoke to the manager who informed us that they are very careful in their kitchen to prevent cross-contamination. My family and I go here so often that we have a regular order: chicken fried rice and Mongolian beef. These two dishes are so delicious I could go on forever. I personally love rice, so fried rice is a no-brainer. The Mongolian beef is described on the menu as “Sweet, soy-glazed 12oz sliced flank steak wok-seared with scallions and garlic” (we substitute scallions for broccoli just because we think it’s better). This seems like such a basic Chinese dish that you could get anywhere, but no one does it better than P.F. Chang’s!

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Chang’s Fried Rice

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Mongolian Beef

Occasionally we also get the Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps as an appetizer, which are amazing. The chicken filling is so delicious and I love it so much. Some other dishes I have gotten that are just as great are the Singapore Street Noodles and Chang’s Spicy Chicken. And for the times where I feel like treating myself, I get the Flourless Chocolate Dome, and WOW is it fantastic! It’s so rich and so chocolatey, which is perfect for someone like me who always has a weakness for chocolate. It’s nice that they offer this, as many other restaurants don’t offer GF desserts.

Flourless Chocolate Dome

Flourless Chocolate Dome

Obviously, I will definitely be returning in the future…many, many, many times…

Link to P.F. Chang’s gluten free menu