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Posted 2008-02-04 14:08:26
Hi, I'm a coeliac living in Bangkok. I've managed to find gluten-free biscuits, pasta and spaghetti in Villa Market, but as of yet am still unable to find gluten-free bread anywhere.
Has anyone ever seen it in Bangkok?
Posted 2008-02-04 21:50:01
To others who may not recognize this, two of the most common forms of gluten-free bread are those made from either RICE or POTATO flours. What the OP particularly needs to avoid is WHEAT.
Posted 2008-02-04 22:10:45
Absolutely positively no gluten free bread so stop waisting your time however....if you go to the supermarket in the shopping centre ground floor next door to the marriott hotel near sukhumvit soi 4 you can purchase gluten free self raising flour already premixed. simply add 3 table spoons of oil and 420 mls of water and stir and allow to rise for 45 mins. Heat oven (I bought a little portable one 2000bht) to 180c and bake for 35 mins. you can add sesame seeds etc and I actually add a spoon of paprika powder to get it a nice colour. I been gluten free for 20 years and this is a great bread especially toasted. Best to slice and freeze asap and pop straight into toaster
Edited by zorro1, 2008-02-04 22:15:39.
Posted 2008-05-29 13:56:40
Hi.. I use to buy gluten free bread from Verasu. It is located on the Wireless Road.
Posted 2008-05-29 22:07:43
Regarding Zorro1's post above, there is a Villa Supermarket in the basement level of what I believe is called the Ploenchit Center, just up the street from the Marriott Hotel on Sukhumvit Road... I'm assuming that is the market he's referring to...
PS Zorro... what kind of gluten free flour (rice??? other???) do they have available for making bread????
Posted 2008-05-30 20:33:15
Would also like to have the name of the store, and the brand name of the gluten free self raising flour already premixed. Is that your recipe for the bread, or is it included on the packaging?
Posted 2008-06-01 18:34:02
Since the last post here....I haven't been back to the Villa Market near the Marriott... But today I was shopping at the Villa Market nearby on Suk Soi 11, and found I believe what's been mentioned above here...
Never saw this before... but today I noticed boxes of a brand called Orgran from Australia... red and white in color... in the flour/baking products section. I saw at least two kinds... one type a 500g box of gluten/wheat/yeast-free self-raising flour, and the other a box of gluten/yeast/wheat free cake mix.
I bought a box of the self-raising flour to try... at 185 baht per box.. a bit pricey... But it says it has NO gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, yeast or soy... The ingredient label, listed in English among other languages, says maize starch, tapioca flour, rice flour and a couple other things...
The box says it basically can be used in recipies in place of wheat flour, but that sometimes adding an egg or skim milk powder (if allowed by a person's diet) can help.
I've never heard of this brand before...but their box lists a web site... www.orgran.com... And the box info says they make more than 70 products that are available in more than 40 countries....
Bringing my breadmaker back from the U.S. on my next trip back... Looking forward to giving it a try here... in LOS....
Posted 2008-06-01 18:51:26
Sorry I didn't reply earlier but I unsubscribed . That's the one I was talking about and I bring it back from oz as its half the price there. My recipe in the earlier post is for oven baked bread as there is no recipe on the pack itself. Word or warning, when you find it you should stock up as Villa may take another 3 mths to re order
Posted 2008-09-30 14:31:12
Wanted to update this thread a bit...
Was shopping at the Carrefour store in Lad Prao over the weekend, and came across two different products available, both of the Basco brand from Australia.
One was Basco's wheat and gluten free bread mix, 375g box for 155 baht. The recipe on the box says to add only 1 egg and one cup of water. The package ingredient lists does not mention any yeast, but does include a variety of milk and soy product ingredients.
The second was Basco's multi purpose baking mix, 450g for 219 baht. The box includes recipes for blueberry and several other muffins, and pizza bread, using the contents. The pizza bread recipe calls for adding only 1 cup of water, 2 egg whites, and 3 tbs of vegetable oil. The mix likewise includes some soy and milk product ingredients.
At that particular Carrefour store, these and some other related baking items were placed in an odd area, on a aisle that was labeled for monk's gift packages.
Below is a photo of the Orgran self-raising flour that Zorro and I spoke of previously as being available (sometimes) at Villa Markets locations in BKK. That package, which was priced at 185 baht when I bought it, had 500g contents and was even more allergen free -- saying it had no gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, yeast, soy or sugar.
The box does not include any recipes, but instead, says to simply use in place of wheat flour in baking recipes....and I'd assume, also omit adding traditional yeast, since the Orgran flour is self-raising.
Just received my U.S. bread maker/baker machine by shipment from the States, so I'm anxious to give some of these recipes a try, since I'm trying to stick to a yeast and gluten free diet at present.
Posted 2008-09-30 14:42:13
Thanks for the update. Too bad I am far too lazy to make my own gluten-free bread. Would be great if the supermarkets sold it by the loaf.
Also, I'd buy that stuff up in bulk whenever you see it because these products seem to come and go. For example, I was delighted to find Orgran gluten-free spaghetti in Villa Market and enjoyed eating it for about a month, when suddenly it stopped appearing on the shelves
Posted 2008-09-30 15:43:11
I use the bottom pic and the way to bake is outlined in my first post. I usually bring back as many boxs as i can from oz as there around half price
Posted 2008-09-30 16:09:12
All, I also haven't had any luck in finding already-baked gluten free bread in BKK, though I suspect it's out there somewhere... May not be labeled like that....but simply as bread using only a different kind of flour (rice, corn, etc). I need to check out the Verasu cafes in BKK more as a possible venue...
As to store availability of these products, yes, I agree particularly about the Villa Markets.... It's really hit and miss there.
SS, I've yet to find gluten free pasta in either the Soi 11 or Soi 2 Villas where I shop.... (PS - there is a separate TV thread on gluten-free pasta) though I've seen other people say they've had it sometimes... Same about the Orgran self-rising flour... They have it sometimes....but rarely seems to be the most common status.
On the other hand, for whatever it's worth, the Carrefour in Lad Prao this past weekend was very well stocked with both of those Basco products above... Plenty of boxes on the shelves... I also shop at the Carrefour at OnNut, but haven't gone looking for it there yet. Next time I'm by CF in OnNut, I'll report on what I find there.
Posted 2008-10-07 13:47:43
Hmmm.... OK.... so much for the first try using the wheat/gluten-free Basco bread mix mentioned above, at least in connection with an electric bread mixing/baking machine.
Tried their mix yesterday in my 1-1/2 pound bread maker, and ended up with a nicely baked bread brick.... The loaf didn't rise at all, so the resulting bread, while edible and not bad in taste, was VERY DENSE...
I followed the instructions on the Basco box, which admittedly are not for bread machines, but rather, for mixing in a bowl and then pouring into a mold for the oven. Usually, there shouldn't be much difference, regardless of which way you prepare/bake. But not in this case.
So, I emailed the customer service email address for the company and explained what happened and asked for advice. Got the email response back today saying only, their bread mix had been tested when prepared as indicated on the box, and had not been tested using bread machines. So...they had nothing to offer....
Maybe it's just me... but it's hard to imagine a modern, Australia-based manufacturer of packaged bread mixes would not test or imagine that people might want to use them in bread machines.....
Anyway, I've still got a couple more boxes at home, so I'll probably try one prepared according to the box and baked in a regular oven (that I also have), and maybe use the other in my bread machine, and try adding some additional leavening agents like baking powder and soda....to see if that helps.
Posted 2008-10-07 15:53:30
Its not the bread its the machine, unless you have a gluten free setting. It has something to do with the rise cycle. You can manually override your machine but you need to google all of the above to get the timing right. I bought a machine in oz and gave it away
Posted 2008-10-07 17:02:32
WOW, my bread machine has a couple of different settings.... one for regular bread, one for french bread, one for sweet bread and the last one for manual (which only mixes and kneeds the dough, but doesn't bake it in the machine).
No setting for gluten-free, and I'd be surprised to see a gluten-free setting on a bread machine... Never heard of that....
But, I've only ever used the regular bread setting on mine. Never tried and have no idea how the machine operates differently if I choose french or sweet. (And the user's manual doesn't explain what's different about those settings),
Any idea if any of the other settings would work better for gluten-free??
Posted 2008-10-07 17:21:50
"gluten-free bread only needs one rise cycle while regular bread needs two rise cycles". Just keep googling that and you will come up with dozens of threads. You can use your machine as long as you have the instruction manual by stopping the machine during the rise cycle and then switching it back on again. The time frame is less so you will need to research
Here is a start, good luck http://myceliacblog.com/archives/26
Edited by zorro1, 2008-10-07 17:26:11.
Posted 2008-10-08 14:50:21
Zorro...thanks for the suggestions.... After your post, I spent a couple of hours yesterday (ohhh...what a life) trying to research this whole thing. I know a whole lot more now than before...but not sure I found a definite answer....
Here's what I discovered... I have a older DAK/Welbilt breadmaker known as DAK FAB 100-3 or Welbilt ABM 100-3. It has several automatic cycles, but they all have the same times for two separate kneeding and and three rising cycles as follows: 15 mins primary kneeding, 60 minutes primary rising, 24 minutes secondary kneeding, 20 minutes secondary rising, 4 seconds loaf shaping, then a final 60 minutes of rising, followed by 60 minutes of baking.
In checking, on my machine, I cannot change or adjust those times/cycles. I also cannot set the machine to just start baking at any point. It's all automated, and only will proceed to baking as part of one of the cycles. I do have the option for the machine just to do the kneeding and rising at the above-cited times and then not bake...to allow the dough to go into another oven.
Also, I cannot pause or stop the machine once it starts its cycle, unless I want to turn off the power and abort the whole process.
So from what I gather, those kinds of extended kneeding and rising times are TOO LONG for gluten free bread in a bread machine.
I did find one interesting idea mentioned that might apply in my case.... To start the machine, and let it run empty until it gets to the point in the cycle where you want it to start mixing (based on the remaining time). Now that I know the cycle times, that would seem easy enough to do...
What I did not find online, however, was any clear guidance about using a bread machine for gluten free bread.... How long should the single kneeding and single rising cycles each be...ideally????
Posted 2008-10-08 16:18:04
Your at the point I was, then I gave my machine away!
I hand mixed a loaf yesterday and it took 4 mins and did the following and yes its a dense bread but you do get use to it
. simply add 3 table spoons of oil and 420 mls of water and stir and allow to rise for 45 mins. Heat oven (I bought a little portable one 2000bht) to 180c and bake for 35 mins. you can add sesame seeds etc and I actually add a spoon of paprika powder to get it a nice colour. I been gluten free for 20 years and this is a great bread especially toasted. Best to slice and freeze asap and pop straight into toaster
Posted 2008-10-09 10:54:48
Just to update...and thanks again Zorro for your added advice...last night I baked my first successful gluten-free loaf using my regular DAK break maker, and it came out OK.
I used the workaround approach I mentioned above. Since I can't adjust/change the automatic programming/timing on the machine's cycles, I let it run empty until about 10 minutes before the end of the last mixing cycle.... THEN I added the powdered and liquid ingredients, let it mix the last 7-8 minutes, and then rise for the final cycle and bake.
The one downside was (and now next time I'll know better), even though I put a bit of the liquid into the pan first, when I started pouring the powder in, the rotating mixer blade sent a bit of it flying into the air, and I had a bit of a flour cloud around me (because I can't stop/pause the mixing blade without canceling the cycle)... but not too much... Next time, I may just quickly mix wet and dry together in a bowl before pouring into the bread machine.
I used the Orgran self-rising flour as shown above, and Zorro's recipe...and only varied from it by adding a few tablespoons of grated/packaged parmesan cheese for flavoring. I wanted to keep the first try simple so if anything went wrong, I'd know it wasn't because of any changes/adds to the recipe. As it turned out, the loaf rose OK... Next time, though, I think I may add a bit more water, since the mix seemed a bit dry in the end, and I had some powder crust on the top of the loaf.
Now that I know the workaround approach to using the breadmaker can work, I'll set about trying different recipies and formulations....and give the Basco mix another try using the one-mix, one rise-only approach, and see if that works out better than my original "bricked" attempt with Basco.
Now, I just need to find some more Orgran mix at any of the Villa Markets again... haven't see any boxes lately (though they and others do have other non-gluten flours, to which I'd add my own non-yeast leavening agents).
Last time I was at Villa, one of the manager's there offered to special order something else I was looking for (which they regularly are out-of-stock of on their shelves) provided I'd purchase a case (10 or 12 packages). Might try that with the Orgran self-rising stuff... But thus far, no call from Villa on my other thing...
Posted 2008-10-09 17:24:19
I'll bite what are the physical signs of being Coelic ? through the experience of posters here on TV
Posted 2008-10-09 17:58:45
In addition to unbearable intestinal pain, and complete immune system shut down if you ingest wheat.
Posted 2008-10-09 18:12:09
I should point out, the above medical condition isn't the only reason a person might want to look for wheat or yeast free products.
In my case, it's allergies and that stuff seems to worsen my sinus problems... so the doc says... avoid it...
I never would have guessed or known, if I hadn't gone for a full-blown set of allergy tests back in the USA and come away totally surprised by the results.
Posted 2008-10-09 18:16:51
Believe it or not a lot of people convert to a gluten free diet as a healthier way to live.
Posted 2008-10-12 13:42:39
OK... things are definitely getting better here!!!!
Last night, relying on Zorro's helpful advice, I baked a very successful and very LIGHT/AIRY loaf of bread using my electric breadmaker and the Basco bread mix mentioned above. Very easy ingredients: the flour mix from the box, one egg and one cup of warm water all mixed together, along with any flavorings/herbs you choose to add.
The secret to success was not relying on the bread machine's long, double kneeding cycles intended for yeast/gluten breads..... But instead, just adding the gluten-free bread mix ingredients when the machine only has about 5 minutes left of kneeding, followed by about an hour of rising time, prior to baking. Also, I lightly pre-mixed the wet and dry ingredients in a bowl prior to pouring them into the already running bread machine, so it's rotating paddle wouldn't send the dry flour flying into the air, like occurred the first time I tried adding to the already running machine.
I was surprised because this loaf turned out much lighter and airier than the Orgran mix loaf I'd tried previously. The Basco package of ingredients, however, is smaller and thus makes a loaf that is smaller in size, compared to Orgran.
Another advantage of the Basco mix is that it seems to be readily available via Carrefour stores, whereas the Orgran mix is available, albeit rarely, from Villa markets in BKK...
The only downside, for people who may have allergies, is the Basco mix relies on some soy and dairy ingredients (but no yeast or gluten), whereas the Orgran mix has none of those ingredients (gluten, yeast, soy or dairy).
After not eating any bread for many months because of being on a yeast-free diet, and finding commercially baked yeast or gluten-free bread in BKK almost impossible, I had the luxury this week of enjoying freshly toasted Orgran bread and butter for breakfast all this week. It was a very pleasant change. Now Basco bread for the week ahead.