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Good Chinese restaurant .... that doesn't use MSG? Possible?

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Good Chinese restaurant .... that doesn't use MSG? Possible?

violin | Mar 2, 2010 04:38 PM

Hello.

Recently I was back in the Bay Area and was staying with my mom in Sunnyvale. Was excited that my Taiwanese sister-in-law might take us out for Chinese food in the area, as I miss it. The thing is that my mom cannot eat MSG at all or she gets a horrific migraine. I'm sure she isn't the only one....

Anyway, we went to Dynasty in Cupertino. The food wasn't great unfortunately, but the incredibly frustrating part was that the waiter would simply LIE - deadpan - and tell us that there was no MSG in anything that we wanted to order. So we ordered...... some bbq pork appetizers, a scallop dish, Peking duck, some noodles with crab etc... And then when a different waiter arrived with each plate food, my sister in law would ask them again in Mandarin if there was MSG in the food. And they admitted that it was in almost everything! They claimed the noodles were safe (with almost no visible crab....).

Are there any good Chinese places in the Sunnyvale/Mountain View/San Jose area that don't use MSG, and don't lie to you about it?

My mom got a migraine. It sucked.

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I seem to not be finding it with the search function.

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