Sunday, November 23, 2008

Several days ago, I thought I had reverse engineered a fantastic technique for making fried rice. It was brilliant; who knew plain fried rice with egg, garlic and a pinch of szechuan pepper would be so good.

Later, I saw that the szechuan pepper powder contained the following: szechuan pepper, salt, MSG.

Shit, MSG.

Today, I repeated the recipe, omitting the sinister szechuan pepper powder. The rice turned out as expected, but without that mind-blowing edge. The technique works, but it’s not a silver bullet, one-shot-kill kind of trump card.


Blogger sabrina said...

Growing up we use to put Ajinomoto in practically everything!!! Which probably explains our failing eyesights now since MSG has been associated with blindness :(

12:43 am, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Atlasya said...

The guy who manages to create a MSG substitute without all the evul effects would make such a killing from Chinese all over.

12:26 pm, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

My family has this thing against MSG, so we don't use it at home. Still, my eyesight is not very good wtf.

Haha yes, until the Chinese figure out the manufacturing technique and start selling pirated MSG substitute at 1/10 the original product's price.

Though my issue with MSG is that i view it as a cheat (in Doom 2, that would be iddqd and idkfa heh). And if I can finish the level without cheats, i'll do it.

12:46 pm, November 24, 2008  
Blogger jean` said...


2:25 pm, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

It's not a paranoia; it's just a matter of principle. I know that I consume loads of it outside, cutting down on it at home is not going to help a lot.

5:21 pm, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Atlasya said...

LoL, I remember those cheats. I couldn't have finished Doom 2 without them. =P Invulnerability and maxing out the weapons, right?

1:52 am, November 28, 2008  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Yeah =)
I never did finish doom though, too freaked out by the dark corridors.

I still think some of the monsters are iconic, like the floating flaming bull heads or the loud clunking mechanical spiders.

9:31 am, November 28, 2008  

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