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Jan 10, 2006 04:16 PM

What Is Maggi Sauce and Where Do I Find It ?

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Received a dim sum cookbook for Christmas and made a wonderful shrimp wonton soup over the weekend. Found everything I needed for the recipe except *maggi sauce*. Does anyone have a clue what this is, where I might find it, and whether it is something I can make at home?

The cookbook (from Barnes and Noble) is written in Chinese and English and occasionally I think things got lost in translation. Example: One ingredient called for *1 teablespoon*....tee hee. But the end product was wonderful and we've lived off of it for two days!!

Thank you in advance for any help

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  1. Maggi is kinda seasoning sauce, like soy sauce. It's commonly used in all sorts of ethnic cooking. You can find it at pretty much any Asian Supermarket (Near the soy sauces) or even sometimes at Mexican markets.


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    1. re: Dommy!

      Maggi is a brand name, like Knorr or Heinz. Originally from Europe, it's really popular in Asia. It's dark brown in color takes like a cross between soy sauce and liquid beef bouillon. The main ingredient is salt and hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which is also a common ingredient in many bouillon cubes.

      The bottle is a square-ish dark brown glass, with a distintive slim neck, and yellow label with matching yellow flip-top lid. Very common in ethnic food stores, and can be found in large supermarkets.

      1. re: vicki_vale

        Good point, since there are tons of Maggi brand sauces. One of my favorite hot-sauces is the Maggi Chili Garlic sauce, which I usually find at the Indo-Pak supermarkets. Great stuff.

        1. re: Nab

          here's the sight on the nestle web site. if you could find the bottles with the japanese writing, it is superior to the others.


          1. re: byrd

            I find a lot of different products from this brand at Big Lots.I always buy tons of their bullion cubes because that give things such a great flavor.

        2. re: vicki_vale

          Yup, that's the Maggi seasoning I know and love -- it goes in the Mexican drink called "michelada" -- dark beer, lime, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Tabasco, black pepper and Maggi seasoning.

      2. You should be able to find it in a larger asian market.

        It's basically soy sauce + extra MSG.

        If you can't find it, I'd just use some soy sauce with a bit of oyster sauce.

        1. You can find it in most grocery stores in the "International Foods isle". If they don't know what it is they put it in the Kosher section and in the Asian section if they know what it is. It is a concentrated liquid blend that I think is made in Switzerland.

          1. There are two different types of Maggi, European and Asian. Look on the label to see where it is made to decide where it came from.
            Both have different tastes.

            1. Like zfalcon said, it's pretty much diluted soy sauce with lots of msg.

              You can just sub. the maggie sauce with some diluted soy with a pinch of sugar or msg.

              If you must use it, you will find it in the soy sauce section in your local asian market. It is yellow and red labeled with square bottom bottle with the word Maggi on it.