ASK ME! MSG

• Does Thai food use MSG like Chinese food does?

Often, yes. And when they do, they use lots of it, especially in street food. If you don’t want it, be sure to wave your hands at the cook before she dumps a few tablespoons into your soup, papaya salad, whatever. I once ordered all-natural mango juice from a vendor, but didn’t catch her in time and ended up with a glass full of mango on ice and MSG.

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