I need your help solving a mystery.
Long story short-ish, I like Thai food. I like yellow curry. I like pad thai (well, not all the time– but I love it from Gindi Thai). I like pad woon sen. Etc etc.
But for some reason, I cannot eat pad see ew. I’ve tried it at various times in my life, and from different restaurants. (You know… just to see if it was a one-time deal.) Every time, I get fully nauseated. Like, thisclose to vomiting.
As far as I know, I’m not allergic to any of the food-ingredients in pad see ew. Is there some special oil in it, that isn’t in other Thai dishes?
On a potentially related note, Umami Burger makes my stomach really unhappy… some people have guessed that they use MSG? Or maybe it’s the oil? (This is really perturbing, because Umami is super-hip and there’s one IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.) (And apparently they serve awesome ice cream sandwiches.)
After years of head-scratching, I leave it to the internet to help me figure this one out. What puts the “ew” in pad see ew?
Are there any random foods/spices/oils that make you go “blech” in the night?