3.088 Pork & Celery Stir-Fry

3.087

1 (Sun) April 2012

Pork & Celery Stir-Fry

2.0

by Nanny 6

at home

-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with W and DJ

If left to her own devices, our new nanny will invariably cook the same dish: pork and vegetables stir-fried with garlic, soy-sauce, and MSG.  She doesn’t use pepper, which she regards as an unnecessary seasoning.  MSG, on the other hand, is a must.  In Korea, the chemical MSG (monosodium glutamate) is commonly known by the brand name Miwon (미원).  I usually keep a packet of it in the pantry, just in case.  But after a week, she’d already used up the entire supply and requested that I buy more.  When I asked her to ease up, or not to use it at all, especially for the kid, she was genuinely perplexed.  Apparently, she’d never in her life heard about any possible health concerns and had always regarded it as just another seasoning, like salt or sugar.

According to her, the dish here represents the first time ever that she’s made something without MSG.  She kept commenting throughout the meal, looking at me somewhat accusingly, that it seemed bland.  It wasn’t that great, but MSG had nothing to do with it.

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