I'm Korean-American and my mom made this stuff for me and my siblings when she wanted to prepare something easy. She usually used chicken and added peas or mushrooms to the onions, potatoes and carrots. I recently learned about the corn syrup and msg, too, which has made me a little reluctant to open the package of "medium" that I have sitting in my pantry.
I tried that once, and I blew out my microwave. Apparently, I am not alone in this. Now, I boil my sponges in a pot of water (I never replaced my microwave), which seems to work much better.
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