After visiting the Mae Ping last night with a group of friends, I can honestly say that my opinion of Thai food has been raised to a new level. Gone are the days of artificial flavour enhancers such as Monosodium Glutamate; which apart from the reputed health effects, can make the dish taste sickly salty sweet. Health wise, I have no problem with MSG - just for the fact it feels like cheating when used in cooking to promote the flavour. As a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen I've used it in the past once or twice; to see what effect it had on the food. I found that it generally "cheapens" or gives a tasty junk food taste to decent quality food but should be given credit for making poor quality or tasteless food taste better. MSG does serve a purpose in the world, in making things taste better where they should otherwise be thrown away. Despite the claims of many restaurants that they don't use MSG, this is quite often untrue. Most of the stocks they use are brimming with MSG, with the proprietors happy to turn a blind eye to the packaging of the supplies in their kitchen - most often written in chinese or Thai. In Mae Ping, this is the first time I have tasted really great Thai food without the trademark MSG taste. The two dishes I selected were superb, starting with a simple Tom Yum soup - which was absolutely lovely. Followed by the Crying Tiger, which was more like a fine sliced barbecued fillet of beef with a superbly natural lime based dipping sauce. Neither items were too sweet, salty, acidic or spicy. They tasted entirely natural, all managed to achieve a level of tastiness not brought on by the addition of herbs, spices or artificial flavour enhancers.
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