An Asian ingredient that's starting to become a trend/prevalent amongst *western* shortcut taking chefs and restaurateurs. In the name of time, money, laziness and a duped diner.... The sneakiest of them all."Umami". MSG.
Damn Mr. Ajinomoto and Ac'cent!
If you are curious and want to understand it once and for all.
Buy a bag of MSG from the market. Taste some straight up.. a spoon or 2. Sense the taste and feeling on your tongue... then check back 10 min later. Note how your tongue, mind, and body feels. Did you experience foodgasmic umami bliss? Tell me its a "harmless ingredient".
Then try truffle mushrooms, one of the few natural occurring foods containing all three umami giving compounds in any significant amounts, straight up..
Then try each heavily paired with a nice cut of steak.
There is no mistaking Umami from natural glutamates for MSG.
Sex with a stranger vs sex with the one you love.
Louis Vuitton vs Louie Vuitton.
That's what it's all about. If you still don't understand, that's ok - I haven't been to the moon either.