Hello everyone, I am Daphne Goh, born in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, studied in Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney, now lives in Sydney, Australia.
Growing up, I remember feasting on all the famous restaurant and hawker (street) foods widely available in Malaysia and Singapore. Combined with fond memories of the ever abundance of Chinese, Malaysian and other cuisines that my family cooks and shares, especially during special occasions and festive seasons like the Chinese New Year. The enjoyment of good food has cultivated a love of food in me since my early childhood.
I have been able to savour all kinds of food with no problems other than the occasional indigestion until 2009, when I started getting serious bouts of bloating after almost every meal and especially after eating my favourite dim sums at Chinese yum cha restaurants. Soon after, I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Then, I tried elimination diet to avoid food that can potentially irritate my stomach as advised by my gastroenterologist. I excluded coffee, chocolate, peanuts, spicy and oily food, alcohol, drinking lots of water each day, plus removing milk and dairy products from my diet due to lactose intolerance. My IBS symptoms have not improved much.
In late 2013, I discovered that I have non-celiac gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity plus sensitivity to highly processed oil used in most Asian restaurants. Then came the big relieve once I am completely gluten free. My IBS symptoms have improved significantly and I have reintroduced all the potential food irritants that I eliminated earlier except lactose and gluten.
Up until today, I can still remember really well that when I started to switch to a gluten free diet, I was walking up and down in the supermarket aisles, checking out the Asian groceries stores, the local health food stores, and the internet, trying to look for gluten free products that can help me prepare my daily Asian meals. It seemed like an almost impossible task at first. But I was actually surprised by the number of gluten free products that are available on the market nowadays. Despite this, there are still a very limited number of Asian restaurants with gluten free options on their menu.
By 2014, I have been cooking gluten free traditional and self-developed Asian recipes at home. When I tried to find gluten free recipes on the internet, all I could find are mainly Western recipes and hardly any authentic gluten free Asian recipes available.
In early 2015, I decided to start “healthygfasian.com”, a gluten free Asian recipes, food and lifestyle blog. My blog focusses on gluten free, lactose free, healthy, simple, easy, delicious and authentic Asian recipes based on lean meat, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables. Gluten free Asian recipes include Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai and Asian desserts. Other Asian recipes comprise of Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian and many more.
Allow me to guide you through the journey of gluten free Asian cooking and you will be pleasantly surprised by how tasty and yummy gluten free can be. Many of my gluten free recipes are also paleo, vegan, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free, corn free, refined sugar free and allergy friendly. So no matter what food allergy, food intolerance or food sensitivity you have, you can still enjoy wholesome and delicious food.
The majority of my readers are people with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, food intolerance, food allergies, inflammatory diseases and autoimmune disorders plus parents of children with behavioural problems. Furthermore, there are also many readers who just want to eat healthier to improve their health and wellbeing.
Fast forward to today, consumers are more health savvy and place more emphasis on the nutritional values, varieties, look and taste of gluten free food, rather than just gluten free ingredients. Additionally, consumers are more engaged with health benefits of gluten free and free-from foods. The global gluten free food market is now very competitive and disintegrated with a few large and small wholesalers with rapid technological transformations. Due to wider consumer demands for gluten free food, manufacturers are continuously offering wide-ranging variety of new innovative products for gluten free and free-from diets.
The qualities of gluten free products have also improved tremendously with no compromise on taste. Offering more selections as well as much tastier gluten free options for people on a gluten free diet. While there are now a small number of gluten free restaurants and shops offering a variety of gluten free food in Australia, eating out continues to prove to be a big challenge due to cross contamination issues especially when vendors do not fully understand what is gluten. Continuing education on serving gluten free food is still the key on whether eating out is safe especially for celiac disease sufferers.
I am the owner, founder, writer, photographer and recipes developer of this blog.
For regular workouts and fitness, building stamina and burning calories, I love cardio aerobics – Les Mills™ Body Combat and Body Attack. While for good posture, toning, stretching and relaxation, I love Yoga and Pilates.
Please note that I am not a nutritionist or any kind of medical or healthcare professionals, this blog is for your information only, and not intended to be a nutritional handbook or propose diagnosis of any disorders or health problems. Anyone with any diseases and digestive problems relating to food allergy and food intolerance should check with their medical or health care practitioners about their tolerance to all ingredients in the recipes on this website before consuming.
Hope you will enjoy reading my blog, cooking, eating and sharing my recipes!