This post is sponsored by Nima Sensor and contains affiliate links.
Pei Wei is a fast-casual pan-Asian restaurant that is owned by the same parent company as PF Changs.
Pei Wei has always had a few safe gluten-free options. While the gluten-free menu was small, most of us were just happy to have something.
With 177 restaurants in the U.S., there’s a good chance there is a Pei Wei near you (fingers cross!).
Today, however, I’m excited to report that Pei Wei has EXPANDED its once limited gluten-free menu to offer so many new gluten-free selections. I now have no doubt that you’ll find something you love on this expanded gluten-free menu. Scroll down to read more about the new gluten-free menu items (you’re going to be so happy!!).
Since getting my Nima Sensor, I’ve always wondered if Pei Wei is really gluten-free. I’ve always felt fine eating there, but you just never know. Don’t you think it’s time to put the restaurant to the Nima Sensor test?
What is a Nima Sensor?
A Nima Sensor is a portable device that detects gluten in a small portion of the food you test. You simply add a pea-sized amount of food to the Nima Sensor capsule, put the capsule in your Nima Sensor, and within 2-3 minutes, Nima will tell you if it found gluten or it’ll display a smiley face, which means it’s free from gluten.
Remember, Nima only tests a small portion of your food, so you must be vigilant when ordering and before eating anything, especially if you are highly sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease.
The Nima Sensor has been a real lifesaver to me over the years. I’ve tested restaurants across the U.S., as well as restaurants in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Pretty cool, right?
You can find the results of 20 of the most popular restaurants I tested in this post, How Did 20 Restaurants Fare Against the Nima Sensor.
And if you want a Nima Sensor of your own, I encourage you to get one using my coupon code, GOODFORYOUGF, so you’ll get $25 off your order of a Nima Sensor Starter Kit at NimaSensor.com.
BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!! Nima Sensor are on sale for $199 during Black Friday. Use my coupon code and you’ll score a Nima Holiday Bundle for $174!! Shop NimaSensor.com for the deal!
What’s Gluten-Free at Pei Wei?
When placing your order at Pei Wei, it is extremely important that you tell your server that you need your order to be made gluten-free. Some of the items that can be made gluten-free aren’t exclusively gluten-free, so it is extremely important to communicate your needs to your server. On top of that, it’s important to confirm that your meal is gluten-free when it arrives at your table.
The items that can be made gluten-free include:
- NEW: GF Mongolian
- NEW: GF Fried Rice
- NEW: GF Kung Pao
- NEW: GF Ginger Broccoli
- GF Sweet & Sour
- GF Pei Wei Original (formerly known as Pei Wei Spicy)
- Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
- NEW: Miso Side Salad
- Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls
I personally love the Pei Wei Original when I’m craving something sweet, but I just recently tried the Kung Pao and I think I now have a new favorite. It’s so savory and delicious – I’m so excited that Pei Wei is expanding it’s gluten-free offerings!
The other thing I love about Pei Wei is that it coats the chicken or shrimp in potato starch (instead of wheat flour) and then cooks it in fresh oil. This means the protein will still have a crispy outside – yum – but will be gluten-free safe. Whew!
Pei Wei vs. Nima Sensor
Gluten-free diner rejoice because Pei Wei has created a SAFE gluten-free dining experience.
Here is the Nima Sensor results of the gluten-free Pei Wei Original with Chicken, which I tested on Facebook Live.
And here is the result of my Nima Sensor test of the gluten-free Kung Pao too:
Nima is ALL smiles – woohoo!!
You can watch my Facebook Live tests here:
Thank you Nima Sensor
The Nima Sensor gives you peace of mind at meal time. Just being able to test a small portion of my meal gives me confidence that it’s okay to proceed eating my meal.
While the Nima Sensor is not perfect, as it cannot test the entire meal for cross contact with gluten, it’s still an amazing tool that I often use to put my gluten-free mind at ease.
Want more tips to eating out safely when you’re gluten-free? Please check out my ebook, Eating Out Gluten Free.