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MSG or Not? [moved from LA]

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MSG or Not? [moved from LA]

happycat | May 1, 2009 09:48 PM

I'm curious to hear from other chowhounders about how you *know* that a restaurant has added MSG to the food. Do you get a certain taste? Symptoms? I remember the hoo-hah about "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" years ago, but I eat lots of Asian food and can't honestly say I've noticed a definite effect. I used to go along with the popular assertion that MSG is "evil," but I'm not so sure anymore. I certainly wouldn't cook with it, but if what I've been reading in posts about pho and other things is true, I have to assume that I consume a lot of it every time I eat something brothy and flavorful, and I'm sure not going to give those foods up (for example, my husband and I like Golden Deli, and it would never have occurred to us to wonder about MSG, but I've read in other posts that they do use it). Is that a reasonable assumption (that MSG is ubiquitous), and how can one ever tell short of asking?

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