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May 4, 2007 10:49 PM

Chinese food in Los Angeles Without MSG?

I have a bit of a conundrum on my hands. I love all sorts of Asian cuisine but am violently allergic to MSG. Does anyone know of a Chinese restaurant that prepares their food without MSG or has the option of doing so?


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  1. I can't name a specific restaurant, aside from Panda Express. But, when you order, you can tell them you are very allergic to MSG and not to put it in.

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    1. re: WHills

      Panda Express does not use MSG and does not purchase ingredients from suppliers that use MSG.

    2. I'm also extremely allergic to MSG, and just tell them to leave it out. But Hu's is always good. Stay far away from Changs, Panda Express, Chopstix and Chin Chin

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      1. re: yogachik

        i thought chang's in [brentwood] DIDN'T use msg. is that the one you're talking about?

      2. Go to Mao's Kitchen. There's one on Melrose and one in Venice Beach.

        1. i'm pretty sure california wok on wilshire, near bundy prepares their food without MSG.

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          1. re: jwn

            i can confirm that. i'm super-sensitive to msg, have eaten @ california wok many times, and never had a reaction.

            added bonus...they have genuinely healthy options and nutritional information on their menu.

          2. Well, I recall that some say "No MSG" on their menus - I just don't recall which. There has even been some car driving around with the license plate NOMSG that I believe belongs to the owner of such a restaurant.

            Along with asking here, I'd go to and choose L.A. as your city and then do an advanced search by neighborhood, choosing "Chinese" as the cuisine type, and then browse the top and bottom of the actual menus (you click and the site shows you the actual menu).

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