Monosodium Glutomate (MSG)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) or Chinese Salt is a flavour enhancer commonly used in various cuisines, particularly in Asian cooking. It is a sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in many foods like tomatoes, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese.
MSG is usually made through a fermentation process and is a white crystalline powder that dissolves easily in water. When added to food, it enhances the umami flavour, which is known as the fifth taste (in addition to sweet, sour, salty, and bitter).
You will be surprised to find that a sprinkle of Lotus Monosodium Glutamate added at the very end of cooking will intensify the flavours of the blandest dish.