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imageChinatown, San Francisco, CA (The Adobo Chronicles) – From Chinatowns to restaurant rows to mall food courts in America, Asian cuisine has always attracted the curious palates of the Western world.

But in a health-obsessed, culinary-correct American society, people are always on the lookout for food ingredients and additives that they are made to believe to be detrimental to their diet or allergic well-being.  Like MSG. Monosodium Glutamate.

So in catering to Western whims, many Asian restaurants are fooling themselves for the sake of better business and patronage by eliminating MSG from their menu offerings. “No MSG” is a message that has kept these restaurants competitive as far as the eating out crowd is concerned.

However, there is no scientific evidence that MSG is bad for anyone’s diet or health, except for a few who may have allergic reactions, just like some people may have allergic reactions to peanuts or gluten.

For lack of space, we can’t go into the details except to refer our readers to the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which states in no uncertain terms that MSG is generally recognized as safe or GRAS (not grass, not gross). Here’s what FDA says about MSG.

A survey conducted by The Adobo Chronicles showed that majority of the Asian restaurant owners expressed remorse, not for having served menu items with MSG in the past, but for eliminating the additive in their cooking just so they don’t lose their Western customers.

Meanwhile, Asian households have been reported to be stocking up on their MSG. “Please pass the Ajinomoto,” said Manny D., a FIlipino food enthusiast we interviewed.




Cebu Ayers Lechon Order Online Manila Shipping ContactManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Senator Nancy Binay, daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, has filed a new bill that would make lechon (roasted pig) the official national dish of the Philippines.

Until recently, the “unofficial’ national dish was the adobo.

Senator Nancy Binay
Senator Nancy Binay

In filing the new bill, Binay said that the main reason she wanted to replace adobo  with lechon was to memorialize Congress’ pork barrel which many believe will soon  be extinct. A major signature campaign has been initiated by Filipino grassroots groups asking Congress to permanently abolish pork barrel.

“Making lechon the national dish will be a constant reminder to all Filipinos of the many ghost projects that have been successfully funded through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). PDAF, also known as pork barrel funds, is the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured primarily to bring money to a Congressional district.

Earlier this year, a 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam rocked Congress and the nation, leading to indictments and the arrest of business persons and politicians who allegedly pocketed taxpayer funds intended for non-existent projects and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

While the chicken industry is totally opposed to the new bill, the country’s swine producers are throwing their full support for the measure.  As a compromise, the chicken raisers are proposing that  lechon  and chicken adobo be designated as “co-national dish.”

Binay is scheduled to convene a townhall meeting next week to hear the pros and cons of her measure.




KFC's new ad
KFC’s new ad

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In one of its giant marquee signs, McDonald’s admitted that the international fastfood burger chain is number one everywhere except in the Philippines where the fat stupid happy bee reigns supreme. McDonald’s, was, of course, referring to the uber famous Filipino fastfood chain, Jollibee. image

Now, another U.S.-based fastfood chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit after it released its latest commercial which pokes fun at Jollibee’s most popular menu item, chicken joy.

The fat stupid happy bee has had it with unfair commercial practices by KFC and is suing Colonel Sanders for ads portrarying chicken joy as chicken sad (see photo of KFC ad).

Jollibee's Chicken Joy
Jollibee’s Chicken Joy

A spokesperson for Jollibee told The Adobo Chronicles that KFC went too far and hit below the belt by insulting its top menu seller. “Jollibee understands that it is operating in a free market society, but KFC needs to understand it won’t get away with unfair advertising ” the spokesperson said.

In the law suit, Jollibee claims that the chicken joy photo used by KFC in its ad was clearly photoshopped to look bland, soggy and non-crispy.

In addition to its hundreds of outlets in the Philippines, Jollibee has franchise stores in the U.S., including Hawaii, California, Washington, Nevada, New York, New Jersey and Chicago. Jollibee sells hamburgers, chicken, spaghetti and popular Filipino fare like lumpia, pancit and bangus (milk fish).