ShopHouse – Restaurant Review

ShopHouse Store FrontShopHouse generously sent me a couple of gift cards to try out their restaurant while I was in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, it took me all week to get there, but yesterday my husband and I were able to finally make time and headed over to Chinatown via the Metro for dinner to try out their bowls.

The ShopHouse really intrigued me because 1. EVERYTHING they prepare in their shop is gluten, wheat, and dairy-free! 2. It is a sister restaurant to Chipotle – and who doesn’t love Chipotle?! 3. The menu is inspired by traditional ingredients, flavors and cooking styles of Southeast Asian restaurants. And everyone knows I have a love affair with Asian inspired food! And 4. Their meats are Responsibly Raised®! So yeah, for all those reasons I really wanted to try out their restaurant!

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Gluten Free Filipino Lumpias made with rice wrappers

Gluten Free Lumpia made with Rice Wrappers

I use to make Lumpia (Filipino Egg Rolls) A LOT years ago before my kids and I were diagnosed gluten intolerant. Then once we were diagnosed I stopped making them all together. Then the other day I thought what if I made them with the rice wrappers instead.

It was a little more work, but definitely worth it. Make them in advance since they hold a lot of water and basically will fry better if you let them dry out first. And of course you don’t want much of the water content in the sizzling oil when trying to fry them.

Many of my best friends growing up were Filipino and going to their homes for dinner was just wonderful. And having Lumpias was definitely a treat!

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Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Turkey

The kids have been asking for sweet and sour turkey, but last night I wanted to do something different — I normally don’t bread and fry the turkey — but this time around I did and it came out really tasty.

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INGREDIENTS

    • 1 pound boneless, skinless Turkey Tenderloin, cut into 1-inch chunks
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 cup cornstarch
    • 3 large eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds
FOR THE SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • To make the sauce, whisk together sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce in a sauce pan and cook until sauce thickens.
  • In a large bowl, season Turkey with salt and pepper, to taste. In another bowl beat cornstarch and eggs together. Dip the Turkey into the egg mixture.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan or wok. Add Turkey and cook until golden brown, and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; discard excess oil.
  • Top with sweet and sour sauce, pineapple and sesame seeds – toss thouroughly.
  • Serve immediately.

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Gluten Free Fried Rice

My husband loves CalRose White Rice. It may not be as nutritious as brown rice – but that is what he likes and what I make most nights. Yet I have as of late not realized how many containers of leftover rice I had in the fridge.

So tonight I decided to make fried rice with the leftovers and so glad I did because it was oh so good!

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Asian Box Restaurant

AsianBox

As I walked into Asian Box in Mountain View’s quaint downtown, I knew I was in for a delicious lunch just from eyeing the line of people waiting to place their order. I picked this specific restaurant because it is a 100% gluten free establishment and I just couldn’t wait to try it out.

My family and I sat in the back where it was quieter so I could be a people watcher and mainly wait for the rush to die down. Plus, it gave me a few minutes to look over Asian Box’s order form and to start thinking about what kind of box I wanted to get for the kids and I.

The kids ended up getting a Kids Box with Lemongrass marinated Pork and Caramel Sauce. According to the very delightful and very gracious restaurant Manager, Michelle, “Asian Box’s Caramel Sauce is their version of Teriyaki sauce.” And from tasting it I will say, it is way tastier than traditional teriyaki any day in my opinion!

For my meal I ordered a box with Brown Rice, Caramelized Lime Basil Shrimp, fresh bean sprouts, pickled vegetables, crispy shallots, chopped peanuts and fresh herbs topped with Peanut Sauce which is a creamy blend with lime & coconut.

Yep, I was in heaven when my food was ready! I tasted cilantro and mint — and just savored every bite. The food is a cross between Vietnamese and Thai and it is sooooo delicious!

My kids and I enjoyed our meal tremendously because Asian Box has high quality, fresh, authentic food and best of all it is gluten free. If you want to have a great authentic experience you need to try Asian Box. And for an added convenience you can even order your meal online at: https://asianbox.wufoo.com/forms/asian-box-order-ahead/

Visit Downtown Mountain View’s Asian Box and give Michelle and her staff your order — you will be so glad you did.

http://www.asianbox.com/

142 Castro St.
Mountain View, Ca 94041
Phone (650) 584-3947
Fax (650) 963-9328