Can't we all just get along? Jenni's Noodle House from the GF point-of-view.

By Randi Markowitz
Copyright 2009
July 29, 2009

I recently received a phone call from a concerned mother who asked if I had any suggestions about restaurants that could accomodate the carbo-loading needs of teenage boy athletes, one of whom has celiac disease. Somehow I came up with an actual idea, and that idea is Jenni's Noodle House, Jenni's has mainly a Vietnamese menu, but the dishes include many that are made with various wheat noodles, and many that are made with rice vermicelli noodles, or jasmine rice. That means that the gluten-free people at the table have a choice of more than just the usual salad. Last night, I enjoyed the soft shrimp rolls wrapped in rice paper, and the Lemograss chicken rice vermicelli bowl. My non-GF friends has dishes with Udon noodles, which are wheat based.

The Lemongrass chicken vermicelli roll is a big mix of grilled chicken, thin rice noodles, cilantro, carrots, bean sprouts, lettuce, cucmber and peanuts. It's very refreshing on a hot summer night. We also tried the Salt-n-Peppery shrimp, served with jasmine rice. The Stir me Crazy tofu is a saute of rice noodles, snow peas, bamboo, shiitake mushrooms and tofu, to which chicken, beef or pork can be added. The other dish was the very spicy (cause you to sneeze and hiccup spicy!), Angry Udon. This dish is not gluten-free, so you can look at the pictures, but please don't touch.

Other dishes on the menu that appear to be made from GF ingredients are Mama Tran's Shrimp, Spicy Soup, the "Art Car" curry, Ginger Salad, all the vermicelli bowls (12 in all), the Shrimp Spring rolls, and seaweed salad, the steamed edamame, as well as several other rice dishes. At Jenni's, you will not have to settle for a salad.

Jenni's Noodle House has two locations, 3111 S. Shepherd @ W. Alabama, and 2027 Post Oak Blvd. , Houston, Texas.


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