What do hungry teenagers do at a time when there were no fast food joints or instant noodles? Why, we cook our own not-so-instant noodles of course!
Browsing through the supermarket shelves recently, I came across a product that had remained practically unchanged since the 1960’s …. this can of Ve-Tsin (msg). In Cantonese, we call it “mei cheng” (See photo 1). It reminded me of the time when my siblings and I used to cook our own dry noodles at home to fix our hunger pangs. The noodles we used came in rectangular slabs like those in Photo 2.
What we did was to take a plate, add some light sauce and msg; plus some chilli sauce and oil and “chu yau char” – cubes of lard. We then boil some chye sim and cook the noodles. I am not sure what we used for meat; maybe some ‘bak chor’ or minced pork.
Interestingly, the Ve-Tsin design looked exactly the same as it did before except for a difference in the lid. Can you spot the difference? In the old design, there is no lid or cover. To open the can, you needed to use a turn-key like the one in Photo 3 below. I seem to recall that the sardine cans of old too came with this type of design. Such design is quite rare today, and after much searching I found this can of luncheon meat. Wasted another $3+ because the meat tasted horrible. Likewise, had to discard my $1.90 can of Ve-Tsin after taking a few photos as MSG is practically banned in our home nowadays – my wife’s bias, not mine.
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