First of all, what are you allergic to? Knowing the food that triggers your allergies will help you so much because it will be easier to avoid them. If you are an expat or a traveler who is about ready to explore the local dishes of Saigon or anywhere in Vietnam, a quick research will help you determine what food may or may not trigger your allergies. As someone who has this problem, it should be automatic for you to have your own list and for you to do due diligence.

Typical foods that may provoke an allergic reaction include seafood - especially shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts, corn and corn products, soy and soy products, fruits, eggs and wheat, preservatives and maybe even chicken. Every individual has a different trigger so we cannot really generalize what will trigger your allergies. Some people may also experience intolerance – not necessarily an allergic response – to fresh chilies, hot sauces, milk and cheeses, and black bean sauces.

Many mid- and upper-range restaurants are more than happy to tell you which ingredients go into their dishes. Allergy-inducing condiments such as peanuts or soy sauce may or may not be segregated from the mains. The best way to go about it is that when in doubt, simply ask. If condiments are already tabled and you are allergic to them, ask to have them removed from the table or sit somewhere else.

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