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Chinese food in Los Angeles Without MSG?

FoodiebyProxy May 4, 2007 10:49 PM

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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    WHills RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 08:18 AM

    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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      monku RE: WHills May 5, 2007 04:36 PM

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


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      yogachik RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 08:30 AM

      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_healthnut RE: yogachik May 5, 2007 06:11 PM

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

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        RoachCoach RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 08:45 AM

        Go to Mao's Kitchen. There's one on Melrose and one in Venice Beach. http://www.maoskitchen.com/

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          jwn RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 09:31 AM

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

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            1_healthnut RE: jwn May 5, 2007 06:13 PM

            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.

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            Cinnamon RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 10:28 AM

            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 menupages.com 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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              FoodiebyProxy RE: Cinnamon May 5, 2007 02:05 PM

              Thanks for your help everyone!

            2. Emme RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 06:47 PM

              Not everyone is a fan, but I love Uncle Chen's in Encino, given I can order w/o oil, sugar, cornstarch, and MSG... and I love the Garlic Eggplant w/ or w/o scallops.

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                sidwich RE: FoodiebyProxy May 5, 2007 09:20 PM

                Mission 261 in San Gabriel doesn't use MSG. It's not my favorite place by a longshot, but I have taken friends who are sensitive to MSG there with no problems.

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