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Apr 14, 2011 05:23 PM

MSG Free Chinese Food in LA,San Gabriel, Alhambra and Monterey Park areas.


I am looking for a place that serves healthy MSG Free chinese food in LA, San gabriel , Alhambra and Monterey Park areas.

Please share if you know any place that serves MSG free chinese food.

thank you


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  1. I think your question might need a bit more clarification. Do you mean you want healthy food that is also MSG free, or are you looking for MSG free food because you're deeming it "healthy"? Also, are you looking for Chinese food that is free from added MSG and not necessarily free from naturally occurring glutamates such as the ones in soy sauce or even mushrooms?

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    1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

      I am looking for chinese food that is free from added MSG naturally occuring glutamates like soy sauce and mushrooms is fine.

      1. re: sasidhar79

        If you request restaurants not to add MSG, they won't except in the cases where it has been already added to items such as soups, gravies, dumplings, etc. Most processed foods, such as vegetarian mock meats, are questionable--it depends on how they were made.

        Basically, if they need to cook it on the spot, it can be done. You can also ask for less oil.

    2. I know several places that serve "no-added MSG" food, but they aren't healthy.


      1. I believe Green Zone in San Gabriel is MSG free, but it's not a prototype SGV Chinese menu.

        Green Zone
        534 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Green Zone purports to be organic, but a large percent (I'd say close to a 1/3 or more) of the menu is not organic.

          Also, if healthy is what the OP is looking for, then avoid all the deep-fried items on Green Zone's menu.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I am looking primarily for "No Added MSG" and "MSG Free" , natural glutamates are fine.

            Thank you

        2. I may be way off base, but I thought adding MSG to food is sort of outdated and very few, if any, places (even Chinese) do this anymore.

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          1. re: Scotty

            Even when the menu says "no msg", they sometimes still use it - Hong Kong Cafe in West LA, for example. I know this because I get an extreme allergic reaction within minutes of ingesting it - so I always say "no msg" even if the menu states they don't use it.

            1. re: Scotty

              I don't think that's true in the San Gabriel Valley. Possibly the case in the more Americanized places in other locales.

              1. re: Scotty

                Not adding MSG to food is so 2010 ...

              2. To echo RayTam, most Chinese restaurants make the food to order. Simply request that they do not add msg to your dishes. I think twenty years ago, it may have made some chefs scratch their heads, but it is almost commonplace today.