Well, whattaya know? I finally *think* I've identified that I have an aversion to or intolerance for MSG. I am NOT blaming it on Chinese food, but after I eat it, I notice the main symptoms and feel awful; I've tried to order a different dish each time we get take-out, just to make sure (this is an aversion that has only come on in the past year or so). I'm still not blaming it on MSG, because now I'm keeping a food journal to document what I eat and when I feel the "symptoms" (dizziness, headache, head feeling like it's going to explode and implode all at once, general pressure in the head, and some congestion and tightening in the neck).
My question is:
How do I specify no MSG? This sounds like a ridiculous question, I'm sure, but I just don't know if it's pretty much a given that MSG will be in certain foods in my favorite Asian dishes (yes, it's a huge stereotype from the '80s and '90s, but it's also a fact). My favorite Thai dish from a local place remains "Vegetable and Tofu with MSG!" (it says that on the menu). So, as I said, the MSG and the cuisines themselves are not yet to blame. Is MSG added in a powder or granule form, that would make it easy to leave out? Is it reasonable to ask for MSG-free?