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HuHot Mongolian Grill has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. After discovering that I had Celiac disease, I was very happy to discover that there were many HuHot gluten free options!
I recently visited a HuHot in Tulsa, Oklahoma and realized that they have done a huge overhaul on their menu. Now, all of the “signature sauces” are gluten free. This is an amazing update for two reasons! First, those of us who have celiac or gluten sensitives/allergies can now have all of the delicious sauces. Second, the risk for cross-contamination has gone down substantially. I e-mailed the company and received a very prompt response that all signature sauces are now gluten free at all locations.
While HuHot gluten free options are abundant, it is important to note that HuHot is not a completely gluten free restaurant. I think that this is a good thing, because you can go out with your non-allergy friends, and they don’t have to feel like they’re missing out at all.
What Isn’t Gluten Free
Upon the writing of this post, all of the appetizers and desserts at HuHot contain gluten. Two types of noodles are wheat-based (the exception is Pad Thai) and the sauce of the season may or may not contain gluten, depending on the season. The soy sauce that you find on the table has gluten as well, but some restaurants will have gluten free soy sauce if you ask for it. I have found that there is no longer a need to ask for gluten free soy sauce, since the teriyaki on the line is now gluten free. The two kids options do contain gluten, although kids can always have a grill meal. All of our kids love the grill meals!
HuHot Gluten Free Options
So what is gluten free at HuHot? A lot of things! The pad thai noodles are made from rice. My only complaint about the pad thai noodles is that they are generally right next to regular noodles. I have seen regular noodles make their way into the container where the pad thai noodles are. I wish that HuHot would move them to the other side or somewhere to low
er the cross-contamination risk. In the e-mail that I received from HuHot, they let me know that you can request fresh items from the coolers if you are worried about cross contamination.
You can also use rice, or forgo noodles/rice altogether for a healthier meal with lower carbs. Most other items on the line should be gluten free and include options like meat, seafood, eggs, and plenty of vegetable options. The egg drop soup is gluten free, although I believe the Hot & Sour soup is not.
In addition to list of HuHot gluten free options, they also have vegetarian and shellfish free options listed here. If you’re on a Paleo diet, I think that eating a nice meal at HuHot is still possible. There are plenty of meat, vegetable and seafood options. Most of the sauces won’t be Paleo-friendly, but they do have plenty of oils. You could also take in a bottle of coconut aminos with you and add it afterwards.
When you approach the grill at HuHot, you need to alert the chefs (who they call Grill Warriors-coolest job title ever!) that you have an allergy. At the Oklahoma restaurants, the servers will let the chefs know. They clean the grill very thoroughly to reduce the risk for cross-contamination. If you are a vegetarian, you can request that they use different spatulas for your meal. I always tell them that I have an allergy, since not everyone knows what Celiac disease is or what that means.
While there aren’t any gluten free appetizer or dessert options, it is all-you-can-eat, so you definitely won’t go home hungry. I really appreciate the steps that HuHot has taken to make their restaurant gluten-free friendly and reduce cross-contamination. If you’re looking for a Celiac safe place to eat, I definitely recommend that you check it out! Most locations are in the Midwest, to see if there is one near you use the restaurant locator here.
This post is in no way sponsored or affiliated with HuHot Mongolian Grill. As someone who knows what it feels like to accidentally be contaminated with gluten, I wanted to share one of my favorite restaurants where precautions are taken so that this doesn’t happen.
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