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1. Posted by michelleSP (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi I am going to be is SE Asia for a month, and have never travled much before overseas...I have no idea what to expect about what I will be able to get in stores or purchase for food...

I can not eat sugar, white rice, flour, wheat, grians, fruit or the like.

Will I be able to buy chicken, meats, eggs, vegtables, cheese, tuna, canned foods in stores and markets and what is safe and not safe.

ANY INFO HELPFUL, please send my way!

Thanks!

2. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

You should be alright in most places, even the most remote places usually have some sorts of market where you can get most of what you'll need and a lot of the labels are in english since many goods are imported. You'll pay a bit more for familliar brands and I'd suggest you carry enough to get through at least 48 hours without needing to shop again, especially if you go off the beaten path.

Plenty of chicken, fish and eggs all around the world. Just be aware that in restaurants and food stalls they may not understand your requirements and tell you that there is no sugar,flour, rice, grain, etc in the meal when there is. They often fail to think about what's in the sauces.

Don't forget your can opener and have a great time.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

I think the Doc gave you good advice, but most places I stayed in Asia did not have cooking facilities available. Find a few things that you can eat and learn to say them in local language. Lot of omelettes and stir fry veggies look like your best choice while eating out. Good luck.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 10y

Quoting michelleSP

Hi I am going to be is SE Asia for a month, and have never travled much before overseas...I have no idea what to expect about what I will be able to get in stores or purchase for food...

I can not eat sugar, white rice, flour, wheat, grians, fruit or the like.

Will I be able to buy chicken, meats, eggs, vegtables, cheese, tuna, canned foods in stores and markets and what is safe and not safe.

ANY INFO HELPFUL, please send my way!

Thanks!

Happy New Year!!!

Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines have big supermarkets (at least the in the big cities) just like back home. They have meat counters, canned food, eggs, tuna fish, and chicken. Some of the familiar canned food from home will be a little more expensive than you are used to though.

In Thailand - Tops, Foodland, and Big C supermarkets are a few big stores that come to mind. There are lots of Seven Eleven type stores all over Asia. You could stop into one of the big hospitals in Bangkok and check with their dietitian for any advice they can offer. They may have information you can carry with you when you are out on the street.

There are lots of McDonalds, KFC's, and Burger Kings in Asia, if one of those restaurants have something you can use you are in luck! Food in these three places is cheaper than back home.

There are street vendors who cook food while you look and wait. Also, I have purchased steaks in the Foodland Supermarket and had the restaurant in the store cook it for me. If I were you, I would pick up a small electric pot for boiling eggs or warming stuff up.

One problem that I can see is some of the cooks trying to make your food a "taste a little better" by spreading seasoning and the always available soy sauce and fish sauce on your food. I would have some Thai person who understands your special eating requirements write those specifications down in Thai. Just hand the note over to whoever is cooking your food.

Good luck.

AL