I’ll start out by saying that we have an incredible testing team of over 100 Thermomix users, many have dietary restrictions and we take pride in testing our Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Super Skinny (low calorie), Low Carb, Low Fodmap and Vegetarian variations.
The A to Z of sauces used in SkinnyAsia
Chinese Cooking Wine – Shaoxing Wine (not Gluten Free)
Chinese Cooking Wine – Shaoxing/Shaosing Wine is a type of rice wine that is heavily used in Chinese cooking.
Sweet, salty and complex in flavour it adds a depth of flavour to dishes BUT it is typically made with fermenting rice, water and a small amount of wheat in the fermentation starter culture. So unfortunately Chinese Cooking Wine is not gluten-free.
Dry Sherry is the most recommended 1:1 substitute. Other substitutes include Dry Marsala, Dry White Wine, Sake or Cooking sake.
A staple in the Korean recipes is Gochujang Paste. Unfortunately store-brand gochujang has barley malt, wheat or soy as primary ingredients. We have a fantastic dietary-friendly Gochujang Recipe on the website.
However you maybe able to source the following at different shops – the ones stocked in the major supermarkets have gluten.
When trying different brands, you may find they vary in heat levels. If worried about spice, taste it first and adjust amount accordingly.
O’Food Gluten Free Gochujang Sauce – found at Harris Farm Markets
Sempio Gluten Free Gochujang – found at some bigger Asian Supermarkets
Hoisin sauce is a savoury-sweet sauce made from ground soy beans.
It is traditionally gluten-free but some commercial products have added thickeners or soy sauce. We recommend using brands that clearly say they are gluten free.
We recommend the following brands of Hoisin Sauce if you are gluten-free: