My Mom is actually allergic
-- not horribly
, but enough to make the meal
unenjoyable. Because of her, we almost never ate Chinese
when I was growing up on the East Coast
-- even when she said "no MSG
," there would be some.
Now that I live in the Bay Area
, they visit me once in a while. I have come to realize that there are significantly
better Chinese restaurants here than in suburban Boston
. So, I took them to a great Chinese
restaurant and my Mom requested "no MSG
" as usual. The waiter
looked at her quizzically
-- "We don't use that anyway!" She didn't have any problems.
So... it doesn't have
to be part of the meal.