Pei Wei


Though I prefer to stay away from chain restaurants, Pei Wei has become a weekly staple for me.  They have an affordable menu with various Asian inspirations.  Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean menu options make this place a paradise for dairy-free consumers (though they now use dairy in some surprising menu items, so see the allergen chart before ordering!). Aside from the tofu (which I found sort of strange and rubbery) we have loved every single menu item trialed thus far. Good quality food.

Go Dairy Free viewer Kelly, sent this update on their menu (but keep in mind, their menu does change, so always check before ordering):

"They post nutritional information online that sites common allergens and according to that there are just eight entrees that are dairy free… Pad Thai, Honey Seared, Caramel Chicken, Sesame, Thai Coconut Curry, Spicy Korean, Sweet and Sour, and Thai Dynamite.  Among the small plates (appetizers) the non-dairy include lettuce wraps, bangkok noodles, Black Bean Chicken and Rice, Vegetable Spring Roll, Pork Egg Roll, Potstickers, Edamame, Asain Chopped Chicken Salad, and Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls. (their allergen information was just updated March 2012)  Their nutritional information is helpful as it lists 12 different allergens, what dishes they are in, and when they can be substituted out of the dish.  …unfortunately, the milk is an ingredient that can never be substituted out of the dishes that contain it."

See their website (below) for allergen info, menus, and locations (they seem to be spreading across the U.S. at a rapid pace).


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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