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Sep 28, 2006 11:24 PM

Anyone know of No MSG Chinese Rest in SGV for Pregnant wife

We are inquiring if anyone know of any Chinese rest that doesn't serve MSG (or we don't have to ask them not to add MSG) in the SGV area?

No MSG for Pregnant wife so we are limited in our option on Chinese food. Any recs would be appreciate. Her comfort food is pho but since there's MSG in pho (called around to check) eliminated that.


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  1. That's a tough one.

    Might be easier just to hold out for 9 months (or so) and then indulge.

    1. You should call to verify, but when I've had to take MSG-allergic people for Chinese out there, it's been Mission 261. I don't think it's the best by any means, but it was MSG free.

      1. We usually tell them "no MSG."

        Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't.

        But if you could pointedly tell them it's for pregnancy reasons, I trust they will.

        If you don't speak Chinese, more americanized places will understand. Restos like PF Changs, Panda Inn might (since Panda express purportedly uses no msg, I'm assuming Panda Inn - a much classier place - will accomodate).

        1. In most places I've gone to, it isn't a problem to withhold MSG. However, I always ask in Chinese.

          There are three main ways for MSG to end up in your foods:

          1. It is added during the cooking process. This is very easy to avoid. The cook will most likely add a bit more salt, though.

          2. It is added when preparing large batches of food for later use. This includes items such as egg rolls, anything marinated, soups, and broths that are used as a basis for gravies or sauces. Some of these, such as egg rolls, are easy to avoid. Others, such as sauces, are difficult to avoid.

          3. It is present in canned goods or some sauces (not usually soy sauce). If a restaurant uses these, it is difficult to avoid.

          When ordering, choose dishes with fresh ingredients and minimal sauce. The dishes should be made to order, not mass-produced (again, egg rolls are an example). Avoid soups.

          The Cantonese pronunciation for MSG is: May Jing.
          Pronounce "May" as in the month of May. Pronounce "Jing" the same way you sing "Jingle Bells."

          The Mandarin pronunciation for MSG is wei jing. (fourth and first tones respectively). Wei is pronounced "Way" except you should say it with a dropping tone, such as when you say the second word in the phrase, "Oh, sh*t!" [This was the way my Mandarin teacher explained it to our class] Pronounce "Jing" the same was as Cantonese.

          Just tell them: "No May Jing" or "No Wei Jing".