I'm beginning to wonder whether nearly all the unagi that we're eating at sushi joints has MSG. Every large Asian grocery I've checked in the South Bay(Ranch 99, Lions amongst others) only carry brands with MSG. I thought perhaps I'd found a clean source the other day at Creekside Smokehouse in Half Moon Bay (actually up the road in El Granada, which, by the way, is an outstanding source for cold smoked salmon). He had some packaged there, but when asked, informed me that he just buys it from a wholesaler and it did, in fact, have MSG. As far as he's concerned, that's all that is out there. Any insights? From a health standpoint, even if you don't have obvious reactions to it, MSG does cause damage to your nervous system. Something that can truely be a drag down the road.
On a simillar topic, does anyone know of any good Japanese groceries in the South Bay? Again, I know of plenty of Asian supermarkets with Japanese products, but am looking for strictly Japanese. Perhaps with a fish counter?