Crystal MSGs are crystals. A closer look even in its powder form, MSG is millions of small crystals. THEY DO NOT HAVE TASTE AT ALL but are good flavor enhancers.
Human tongue is consists of “taste buds”, small tiny cells of about 10,000 or so scattered in different parts of tongue’s surface. These “taste buds” are the ones responsible for humans to feel what they are consuming- then these cells send signal to the brain-and brain analyzes what taste it is (sweet, salty, bitter, sour and the latest addition…umami) Women possess more “taste buds” than men. Babies and young ones have more of these and wane as they grow older. They do not actually seize to exist but are just out there-inactive-due to various factors: smoking and alcohol which tend to numb these “buds” faster, unhealthy mouth condition where dirt, grime and leftovers cover these cells until they form part of them and as we grow old through time their taste potency also diminishes. So, the more active “taste buds” the better we grasp the taste of food.
When MSG is added to a recipe, these tiny crystals actually “hones” (in Tagalog…”hinahasa”) or “scrapes” the covering of these “buds” exposing them to the true taste of the food. That’s it, MSG does not impart any flavor or taste but helps us identify specific taste.
CAUTION: not because MSG has that effect, “pilosopo” will claim, “why not put a ton of MSG so we can taste the food really well”, NO!
Put a bit more and be ready to experience ache at the back of your head.
Still, the best ways to revive and/or revitalize “taste buds” are:
1. quit smoking-minimize alcohol intake
2. have a healthy mouth habit
3. when brushing teeth, scrub lightly tip, top and back of tongue
4. …and this is fun, always try to identify the ingredients used in your every intake. Over time…you will be amazed…you are “a food critic”, too.
So far there are only 4 reliable (I hope) MSG manufacturers supplying the world:
1. Aji-No-Moto (Japan) - more of the home directed crystals
2. Vedan (Vietnam) - used by majority of food processors due to its low price and in powder form
3. ADM (USA) - no nonsense best quality and also more on the powder type
4. Unknown China-made (OH HELL! Worst quality. Waste of money)
5. ...there could be other brands somewhere-for sure it's repacked.
I was talking via phone to the 3 eldest APOs when this 2 years old hurriedly got it and said he wanted to greet me. And so he got. I heard...
"Ha-pi padsdey Gapa. Labyu bye".
The best. And I was ecstatically teary eyed.
Our JUAN (YU-wan)
Early Sunday morning 5:00am mass. Nobody was around except for few parishioners. Vehicles parked at both sides of wide street...really wide that you can play soccer in the middle.
After the mass street was already swarmed by people, young, old, PWDs, apparently strong ones etc. "Pupungas-pungas pa. Yung iba may MUTA pa sa mata" As if meeting among them was held as each one tries to assist (kuno) assigned vehicle to swerve right or left out of parking and go straight.
First, they were not even awake when you parked there. Second, why all of a sudden they appear from nowhere. Third, do you really need them to assist you? Fourth, the street was wide open that even a newby student driver can proceed smoothly. Fifth, ISN'T IT AN INSULT TO MY CAPABILITY to be assisted? Sixth, am super senior and driving for 48 years already. Seventh, how can they assist when they do not even know how to drive? Eight, YES, giving them few coins is VOLUNTARY...but don't you feel obliged when they start assisting you? Next, they will ask that they make "bantay" your vehicle while parked-question: what can they do if "bukas kotse gang" or carnappers start pocketing your vehicle? Lastly, some of them throw invectives when not given anything.
This is the usual scenario in almost all public parking. Worst, should you encounter the habit in an enclosed private-well guarded parking area.
I don't feel obliged. In fact our spiritual counselor, well known Bishop, prodded us NOT to give as it is "begging"
151-gram coarsely ground 90% lean sirloin + 10% brisket fat (to soften the patty a bit) + salt & pepper and char-grilled. Wedged into our own homemade jumbo Pan-De-Sal topped with sliced tomatoes and generously dripped with one of our firm's Supreme Cheese Sauces. Simple. No "pa ek-ek". No cover-ups by adding mountainous bacon-ham-or what have you. Truest taste. Superb beef aroma.
Try. You won't die.
Catching my interest, this shot I hurriedly took, having in mind the "aged but still very strong" mental & orator idols of mine:
Juan Ponce Enrile
Miriam Defensor Santiago
THE REAL YUK!!!
OH MY GOD!
Good location-a serene neighborhood.
Refurbished flat. Austere interior and furnitures.
Creating a name, quite successful as packed to the brim with first timers when my family tried its concoctions.
FOOD? HELL!!! Another one of those "I was there" places; "to be seen resto"; "oh, yah! been there"...in short...WAS THERE MARKET ("maski ano ka pa, kahit na ano pa lasa ng food mo...malaman lang ng LAHAT NA KA FACEBOOK mo na nanggaling na rin ako diyan"). The very reason why they're selling...and when will first timers end?
Imagine a "monggo soup" so bland-realy BLAND as in tinambakan ng tubig galing sa gripo. Soaked monggo beans, sauteed onion and garlic plus "hibe" (dried shrimps) that rendered the total "baho" (bad smell) or "antot" (really bad smell!) to the recipe. BLAND!!! BLAND!!! BLAND!!!
Oh my, nagpa-uso pa...putting "chicharon" fried in rancid oil on top. Really HELL!!! Para bagang sinisilaban wetpaks ko sa galit.
Roasted chicken sprinkled with "I don't know herbs & spices" was "sira na" (foul smell signalling poultry is like double-dead). Out of 2 pieces-we ate 1/4. No take home. Lalakas benta ng Imodium.
Sige, waste your money...try!
CLUE: In QC, apelyido ng napangasawa ni CS na naging siota naman ni P na Mama's boy-naging playboy-na dahil spoiled sa buong buhay niya-lahat nakukuha niya-at ngayon akala niya LAHAT MAPAPALUHOD NIYA.