In the realm of culinary exploration, the quest for perfect flavor profiles often leads us to explore various ingredients and techniques. Among these, monosodium glutamate (MSG) stands as a flavor enhancer that has sparked both intrigue and debate. As we embark on a journey to unravel the nuances of using MSG, we delve into the art of pairing this ingredient with different foods and discovering the delicate balance that transforms a dish from ordinary to extraordinary. This guide aims to demystify the world of MSG, shedding light on the foods that harmonize best with its unique qualities and the art of achieving just the right amount for an unforgettable dining experience.
Can You Put MSG in Curry?
Yes, you can use MSG in curry. MSG works best in medium-spiced curries. Extremely spicy curries tend to crowd out the MSG taste enhancement. We recommend you use between 1/6 and 1/4 of a teaspoon of MSG per serving of curry you are making.
Can You Put MSG in Coffee?
No! We tried this and it was a 0/10. It made the coffee taste like washing-up liquid.
Can You Put MSG on Pizza?
Yes! This works quite well. You want to be careful not to overdo it as you only need a small pinch for a whole pizza
Can You Put MSG on Steak?
Yes! MSG can be used in place of or in addition to salt when seasoning your steak. The best way to do it is to rub the MSG onto raw steak just before cooking it but you do have the option of sprinkling it onto already cooked steak.
Can You Put MSG in Pasta?
MSG can’t replace pasta sauce as it is not suitable to top pasta as a stand-alone ingredient. As an addition to a pasta sauce however, MSG works great. You want to add 1/4 of a teaspoon per portion
Can You Put MSG on Cookies?
No- MSG contributes very little taste in and of itself. It needs to be in the presence of other savory compounds to really get that umami pop. There are plenty of umami compounds in a cookie, but cookies are, generally, predominantly sweet so it just doesn’t work.
Can You Put MSG on Chicken?
Yes – Chicken is one of the foods that pairs really well with MSG
Can You Put MSG in Marinade?
Yes! MSG works well as a marinade for both meat and fish.
What are the best foods to Mix with MSG?
The best foods to pair with MSG are savory foods with a naturally mild flavor. Eggs, with their neutral taste, transform into a delectable delight with MSG’s touch, adding depth to omelets and scrambles. Noodles become a canvas for flavor when infused with MSG, making each slurp an experience to savor. As for rice, MSG effortlessly elevates its simplicity, turning a side dish into a star.