Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a common flavor enhancer that is often added to pho broth in Vietnamese restaurants. MSG is a type of manufactured salt that is made up of a sodium ion and an amino acid called glutamic acid.

In pho broth, MSG can help to enhance the savory, umami flavor of the beef or chicken, making the broth taste richer and more satisfying. Additionally, adding MSG can help to balance the flavors in the broth, making it taste more complex and flavorful overall.

At MamaPho we have chosen not to use any MSG as we do not consider it an authentic ingredient in Vietnamese Pho. In addition, some people may be sensitive to MSG and experience symptoms such as headaches or nausea. We want our Pho to be as healthy as possible and prefer to stick to the authentic and time consuming methods of Pho preparation that can create the depth and complexities of flavors without using MSG

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