MSG nation: monosodium glutamate remains an “essential” good in North Korea
Monosodium glutamate consumption is historically ubiquitous and remains a top imported product
Recent reports of panic-buying in Pyongyang shops, a phenomenon first reported by NK Pro’s sister site NK News, often contain references to a condiment rarely thought of as a staple good in other countries: sodium glutamate, also known as monosodium glutamate or MSG.
Well-off Pyongyangites have been “seen buying big amounts of mostly-imported products in some grocery stores, resulting in abrupt shortages,” a source told NK News last week.
South Korean outlet Daily NK’s source identified some of these precious goods in a separate report on April 30: “Right now 100 grams of imported pepper
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