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last-minute trip to Tokyo, avid eater with food allergies, need expert help!


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last-minute trip to Tokyo, avid eater with food allergies, need expert help!

spotcleanfood | Sep 6, 2012 05:57 AM

My husband and I have booked a very last-minute trip to Tokyo, my first time. I've been reading the many, many great CH posts, but I'm left at a bit of a loss (and more than a little jealous).

Here's the catch: for medical reasons, I cannot have wheat (IgE-mediated allergy) or soy (migraines). Seriously.

Our hotel got us a reservation at Narisawa (Takazawa is on holiday and Ryugin is fully booked) and I have booked local guides for 2 days to help me hunt down the Tokyo delicacies I can eat, but I thought it could ask the CH experts for your advice.

Please note, I am a very adventurous and appreciative eater, and will pretty much each anything that won't kill me. High- or low-brow, doesn't matter.

I read through Shizuo Tsuji"s Japanese Cooking and came up with a very preliminary list of foods I can eat:

Konbu Dashi, probably the only broth I could have
Su-age Agemono
Kara-age Agemono, if cornstarch or kuzu are used instead of flour. Marinades could be a problem though.
Shabu-shabu, if we are able to avoid tofu and wheat gluten cakes
Tsukemono, I love pickles of any kind and, odd as it may sound, often use umeboshi vinegar in place of shoyu. No nukamiso-zuke though.
Fruit, especially if there are any local ones coming into season

Other ideas:
Satsuma-imo, are there still street vendors?
Onigiri, depending on the preparation
plain Mochi
Shira-gayu, okayu--actually, I may *really* need to know where to get this if I end up eating something I shouldn't have :)

(I can have sushi and sashimi as well, but there are so many great recs already, I think I'm covered)

Thoughts? Any suggestions, regardless of location or price, will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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