the things i learn from alex p. on facebook! today’s lesson: the relationships btwn MSG, shitake schrooms and bacon


there’s this guy who was in college with me. he was more like an acquaintance back then, a few years my junior. but he seemed cool. he had his family black poodle w/ him at school which i thought was darling cuz he was this kinda tough-looking guy w/ a mohawk and black leather jacket. i believe at one point he gave his dog a mohawk or colored its curly fur. talking w/ him in recent years he did not recall doing that. but i still think he did.

anyhoo, he’s very smart and wise. or has very convincing male answer syndrome. (how does his wife handle it?!)  i’ve learned a lot from him since i friended him on facebook. mostly about history (since i was a bad student i learned so little about world history its embarrassing)(but at least i know and admit where my gaps.)

but today i learned some MSG trivia:

Alex P
Put back bacon in any vegetarian dish and don't tell them. MSG also helps. Actually, that is what is in the Shitake mushrooms that makes things taste good. Bonito flakes are full of MSG and consequently also make food taste more like food...."curing and smoking denature the proteins and result in higher levels of glutamic acid, while adding sodium as well... And I think anything briny from the sea has elevated levels of glutamic acid, although strangely, clams seem to more so than oysters, scallops et al."

MSG is just the sodium salt of Glutamic Acid. So it appears MSG is the active ingredient in most of the well known flavor enhancing foods. Doug is right, go heavy on the shitake, or just buy MSG. They sell it by the metric ton at asian supermarkets.

If your meat eating friends aren't very discriminating you might fake the bacon effect with MSG, oil, salt and liquid smoke. Just theory. Personally I find liquid smoke disgusting.

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One Response to the things i learn from alex p. on facebook! today’s lesson: the relationships btwn MSG, shitake schrooms and bacon

  1. I believe in Bacon!

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