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GAG124: A Brief History of the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

Hello Richard and Daniel,

First of all, thank you very much for your great podcast.

I had only read China Syndrome in my app and thought it was about nuclear power. Far from it, but gave an old story a new twist. Last week we had lunch at the Asians and, as I have probably done quite often, I gave an Andektode for the best;

A good 20 years ago, after the Peking soup, I got very hot, a little dizzy and my jaw muscles tingled a lot. The whole thing was over after a few minutes and apart from the ignorance of what had just happened, it wasn't particularly uncomfortable either. I was young, people take what they can get.

About 10 years ago we were invited to cook with friends, while folding the spring rolls I told the story and the hosts, biologist and physician, said that it was clearly due to the glutamate, because of neurotransmitters and such. With the proven professional competence, I accepted that and expanded the above story accordingly to include the information that this was probably due to the glutamate. Now imagine my surprise when I heard your episode last Thursday evening.

Basically, however, I am of the opinion that more taste is better, so I don't hold a grudge against glutamate. But still nice how long relatively trivial stories can accompany you.