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Old 06-19-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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Is MSG use in Korean food in Seoul very common or not? Do establishments clearly label if they use it?
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:51 PM
 
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Most Asian cooking will use MSG. If ever in doubt ask or request to omit it from your food. I know a lot of the SE asian countries use it like there's no tomorrow.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:13 PM
 
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MSG is not bad anyway, unless you are allergic.
It's just like salt-- no harm but don't consume too much.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:51 PM
 
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MSG is not bad anyway, unless you are allergic.
It's just like salt-- no harm but don't consume too much.
Wrongo, Bettafish. It is bad. It is not a question of allergy but a nervous system neuron reaction as it excites nerves directly in some people via glutamate. This is the so-called Chinese restaurant syndrome.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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Is MSG use in Korean food in Seoul very common or not? Do establishments clearly label if they use it?
No, establishments do NOT label it if they use it.

In Korea, when you order food in a Korean restaurant, they are VERY particular about what exactly does in and doesn't go in. I've met MANY vegetarians who insist on having no meat, or requesting to have the meat not included in the dish. Koreans have a way of 'hiding it' in there anyways, as they really don't see what the fuss is all about, and they really believe what is supposed to go in, is in.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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Ok, well I just have to religiously request No Msg, and hope for the best, and avoid places where I get that Msg feeling.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:31 AM
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MSG in moderate amounts is just fine unless you have some allergic reaction to it. Good luck in requesting to not having MSG...you'll likely end up eating some meal with it, but not even realize it.....unless you are really allergic to it and start to have some kind of a reaction.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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Ok, well I just have to religiously request No Msg, and hope for the best, and avoid places where I get that Msg feeling.
You'll be better off just avoiding it.

I can't imagine a request to not put it in, will work. Koreans simply do not see it as a problem, and would be puzzled by a request not to include it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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Wrongo, Bettafish. It is bad. It is not a question of allergy but a nervous system neuron reaction as it excites nerves directly in some people via glutamate. This is the so-called Chinese restaurant syndrome.
Well, it still sounds allergic to me
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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You're right in that my request will either be a bit out of place or just ignored. I hope the amounts are not excessive and that I don't notice any reaction. When I was young ~10yo, the reaction was very unpleasant but haven't had it really since then (>30y) so maybe I'm physcially bigger to dilute it or not as senstive or it is not used as much in the USA as in the 1970s. Once in a blue moon, I do notice I get jittery after eating Trader Joe's wonton soup (but it has no MSG!).
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