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Is there MSG in India?

 
Greg Charles
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If so, what is it called in the various languages? My coworker claims that it doesn't exist at all in India, but it's hard for me to believe that MSG is so popular in China and Southeast Asia, but hasn't ever come into South Asia.
 
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It is available under their brand name Ajinomoto.
 
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Originally posted by Sharmi Ragoth:
It is available under their brand name Ajinomoto.

It is the most popular brand of MSG in Indonesia.
 
Bo Yyempeti
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It is very much present and available in India as ajinomoto.
 
Akhilesh Trivedi
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MSG bole to? (MSG=?)
 
R K Singh
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what is MSG ???
 
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What is ajinomoto? and what is MSG?
 
Varun Khanna
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Probably mono sodium glutamate
 
Sameer Jamal
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If somebody has tried KFC he must have also tasted the MSG or Azinomoto, I remember there was a big hoopla over KFC in India few years back because they were using the MSG beyond permissible limit, anyway most of the restaurant uses MSG to bring taste into chowmien.
 
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In Gujarati it call Sarko.
 
Akhilesh Trivedi
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"chowmien?" Is it a sort of chewing gum...
 
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Sundar Murthi:
What is ajinomoto? and what is MSG?


I think Greg has got his answer
 
Greg Charles
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Originally posted by R K Singh:


I think Greg has got his answer


It seems so. Most of you that have even heard of MSG, only seem to know of it under a brand name, and a Japanese brand at that. I guess MSG really isn't a big part of the South Asian diet. I thought I had something with sarko, but a quick investigation on Google shows that sarko is vinegar, which is not the same as MSG.

Now I have to go to my coworker and admit that she was right.
 
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Originally posted by Greg Charles:
If so, what is it called in the various languages? My coworker claims that it doesn't exist at all in India, but it's hard for me to believe that MSG is so popular in China and Southeast Asia, but hasn't ever come into South Asia.


We make do with this...
Spices of India...
 
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I have to check with my local Chinese takeaway if they are adding a bit too much MSG - their food tastes irresistibly yummy!! Darn MSG!!
 
Anand Prabhu
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To my knowledge, Indians use MSG more for the Indo-Chinese dishes. I am not aware of it being used for the regular dishes.
 
Akhilesh Trivedi
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well, will anybody pleaje escshplain to thish poor guy, what em esh jee ij? :roll:
 
Stuart Ash
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Hello drivelers,

It's been a long time...

MSG is monosodium glutamate, a flavor-enhancer, typically used in Chinese dishes. This gives them what's called the umami taste, which makes Chinese/Oriental soups taste better/fuller than otherwise.

It's commercially available as Ajinomoto, which is a Japanese term meaning the "essence of taste". あじのもと.

Many people, however, cannot stand it and are alergic to it.

Cheers.
 
Chetan Parekh
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Originally posted by Stuart Ash:
Hello drivelers,

It's been a long time...



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