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Oct 1, 2009 07:58 AM

MSG in dim sum

Could anyone tell me whether msg is present in dim sum? If it is, is it in all dishes or just certain ones. Hoping to hear from someone who is knowledgeable about this topic.

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  1. I was told once by a Chinese coworker that there is MSG in everything in Chinatown, that they marinate the meat in it and therefore it gets into every dish. So if you are very sensitive to it I'd say skip it. I've had too many bad reactions myself, and have given up on trying to eat anything at all in Chinatown.But that's just my experience, anyone else have info?

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    1. re: rara

      I can tell you that this has been my experience. I feel it in every Chinese place I go to, especially in Chinatown and Flushing. The only place I have not felt it is Hunan House in Flushing.

    2. dim sum is not for the sensitive of stomachs. Whatever it is: msg, pork, shellfish, fungi... expect it in dim sum.

      1. the reason i stopped eating dim sum this year is because the msg is all over those carts! but for sure, its found in a lot of the savory meat dishes like the riblets, beefballs, the chicken feet, tripe, stuff like that. i also tasted it in a lot of the meat-based shumai; I didn't really taste it in the stuff like cheung-fun or other seafood based dishes. this is based on meals at perfect team, red egg, ocean jewels. makes me sad.