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Can't eat onion and going to Poland, tips on food needed

Onion Knight
19 Dec 2018 #1

I am going to Krakow in a month, and I am super excited about it. However I have a severe onion intolerance (if I eat anything cooked with or garnished with onion I will spend the next 3 to 4 hours in a toilet with explosive dhiarroea, resulting in a sore anus, dehydration and a lost day for sightseeing). To add to the complication I also don't eat meat (I do eat fish though). So my questions are:

Any suggestions on foods/dishes that I can or cannot eat?
Any suggested restaurants that cater to intolerances and alergies?
Will people understand the issue easily? (in some countries it is easier than others for the waiters and chefs to understand and accomodate to the issue)

Am I doomed?

Thank you
cms neuf - | 1,600
19 Dec 2018 #2
Wow ! Bummer allergy.

It will rule out a few Polish dishes but barszcz should be safe (beetroot soup) assuming it's not made with meat stock.

After that I am struggling - you might be living off fruit, donuts and ice cream.

Pierogi is possible but you need to tell them to hold the onion garnish.
19 Dec 2018 #3
Pierogi is possible

Pierogi with fruit fillings would be ok, but they're not exactly a savoury dish. I can't think of much at all with the combination of no meat and onion. Even Pierogi Ruskie has onion in it. The OP might be eating a lot of salads.
mafketis 29 | 9,847
19 Dec 2018 #4
Only if you can see and idenitfy the ingredients, the salads that are chopped up in a sauce are liable to have onion...
19 Dec 2018 #5
All sweet dishes:
-already mentioned fruit pierogi
-pyzy ze sliwkami
-nalesniki z serem/ owocami
-ryz z jablkami
-racuchy z jablkami

The problem is those kind of dishes are mostly home made and not usually that popular in restaurants and they are summer cousins as they are not substantial enough for winter for most ppl. Your best bet would be bad mleczny I guess...
Dougpol1 32 | 2,673
19 Dec 2018 #6
Beer. I kid you not. When I was a student in London, one awful winter I got by on beer and bread. Having said that, it was a long time ago, when London beer was full of nutritional value.
johnny reb 31 | 5,727
20 Dec 2018 #7
Am I doomed?

No, go get a prescription for Cholestyramine.
This should eliminate your problem.
Let us know how it came out for you.
Dirk diggler 9 | 4,740
20 Dec 2018 #8
explosive dhiarroea, resulting in a sore anus

Better a sore anus from diarrhea than something else...

Am I doomed?

No. I hate onions and never had an issue finding food in Poland without it

Any suggested restaurants that cater to intolerances and alergies?Will people understand the issue easily?

People will understand. One of my cousins is vegetarian so he always asks about the meat content in things like sauces for example. They've always been accommodating, except for once when they served him a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I doubt you'll have issues. I'd mainly stick to restaurants that are located within the rynek since as a rule of thumb they tend to be very good. They also deal with a lot of foreigners so they're use to accommodating all sorts of people.

I'd avoid pierogi are often fried alongside onions and/or onions are served as a garnish.
gjene 14 | 204
22 Dec 2018 #9
There might be another way around your intolerance to onions. If you go out to a restaurant to eat, ask the staff which dishes are cooked with onions and out of those which can be cooked without. Then explain that you have an allergy to onions that causes you to get sick. There are some dishes that taste better with when cooked with onions, but can be cooked without. Whomever does the cooking at a particular place and some of the staff will understand. If they can't accommodate your request to cook a dish without onions, then that restaurant is not the place for you.
Slavictor 6 | 192
23 Dec 2018 #10
Am I doomed?

How do you fair with garlic?
23 Dec 2018 #11
Only if you can see and idenitfy the ingredients,

Obviously! Pizza might be an alternative, although not sure how good pizza is in Poland ( I'm not talking zapiekanka here ). Or I can only suggest vegetarian/vegan restaurants as a starting point. I think Kraków has a Green Way restaurant.

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