Maggi Magic Sarap Ingredients

As its name implies, it will make your cooking magically delectable. Maybe true if your a cooking newbie but such thing is not necessary for a cooking master. It is like the flavor enhancer MSG of Ajinomoto but this Magic Sarap contains more. Lets find out.

Iodized Salt. Obviously, its a salt enriched with iodine. It is used to fight iodine deficiency. Government mandated its use for food preparations. I still prefer natural sea salt over it. Iodine kinda make food taste bad, imo. You don’t have to be obsessed with it if you occasionally include seafood in diet.

Monosodium Glutamate. A sodium salt of the naturally occurring non-essential amino acid glutamic acid. Use as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer. Some of monosodium glutamate popular brands are Ajinomoto, Vetsin, and Accent. It was once predominantly made from wheat gluten, but is now mostly made from bacterial fermentation. It has the so called umami taste.

MSG is perfectly safe according long series of studies. There are lots of contradicting safety and health issues left and right. Truth to be told, some of them were funded by big companies. Favorable results are use for advertisement. Negatives for smear campaign. Later, they declared that umami is present in every food.

Sugar. The popular table sugar from sugar cane. The standard for industry use is the white or refined sugar. It can be brown sugar or sugar substitute if properly specified. MSG is also derived from the same plant. Sugar is a slow acting poison when consumed continuously in large amount. Don’t worry about it! This instant flavoring won’t give you much.

Chicken Fat. It is a by product of chicken processing. Noted for being high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. Linoleic acid levels are between 17.9% and 22.8%. Don’t be confused. Omega-6 tend to promote heart disease, a reverse effect of omega-3 fatty acid. Food technologists are good in field of value adding. Making good use of low quality by-products. Don’t curse us please! Food Processing and Health are often dealt separately.

Flavor Enhancer. A general term. Anything added to food which helps improve flavor. Its too many, it can be natural or synthetic.  Why do our regulatory agencies allow such general term written on labels. It should be specified all.

Garlic. Popular as everyday cooking spice. Its flavor may vary in intensity and aroma with the different cooking methods. Often paired with onion, tomato, or ginger.

Onion. A spice used as seasoning in cooking. Slicing onions gonna make you cry. Opening a pack of powder won’t.

Spices. Again a general term. I cannot guess it one by one. According to wikipedia, a spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance used in nutritionally insignificant quantities as a food additive for flavor, color, or as a preservative that kills harmful bacteria or prevents their growth. In the kitchen, spices are distinguished from herbs, which are leafy, green plant parts used for flavoring.


Natural and Nature Identical Flavors. For the third time, a general term. According BFAD  (now FDA, Food and Drug Administration) it refer to flavor preparations composed of substances derived from plant/animal products and/ or chemically synthesized substances whose significant function in food flavoring rather than nutritional.

Egg Powder. Fully dehydrated eggs made by spray drying. A similar method used in powdered milk. Using powder rather than fresh eggs is very convenient in shelf stable food preparations.

Meat Powder. Dehydrated and ground meat. It function as flavoring. There are several meat types. If you are avoiding certain types for religious or whatever reasons, you might as well avoid it.

Two months ago. I helped in food preparation for an average sized feast. One fattener pig was the basis. The two of us were in-charged for spices preparation.  I mentioned that garlic and onions were not enough. My companion agreed.  After several hours, all the food variants were cooked and only half of the ingredients we prepared were used. I was in shocked. How they did that? At dinner, I basically understood what happened. All variants tasted the same. They probably used the short cut trick!

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

48 Replies to “Maggi Magic Sarap Ingredients”

  1. good day.i am one of your avid patronizer of maggi magic sarap. i am wondering aside from chicken fat included in your magic sarap ingredients, what comprises your meat powder?do you mean meat coming from pork?

    1. @zenaida sta. cruz – This blog is not related to magic sarap manufacturer. The term “meat powder” listed in ingredient list is a general term. Only the manufacturer know what are the meat powder components, it can be pork, beef, veal, chicken etc…. In some countries the use of genera term such as natural & artificial flavors, sweetener and preservatives is not allowed.

      1. i beleive that magic sarap has bad effect in our health beause it is strongly concentrated granules that indicates of containing high percentage of chemical.

  2. Dear Maggi Magic Sarap,
    I am A Chef by profession,i am specializing thai food since 1990,when i discover maggi magic sarap it made me more comfortable and confident enough to the dishes that i cooked,i gathered more clients because of the taste that MAGGI MAGIC SARAP help.
    I even captured the taste of Ms. Kris Aquino for she loves to eat KHAI YAT SAI MOO SAB-Dice pork omelet with MAGGI MAGIC SARAP,she even invited me to cook for her family gatherings,since then she invited me to guest to her show before on BOY & KRIS TV SHOW and featured to her KRIS AQUINO MAGAZINE,it made me and my family so proud.
    The opportunity of having cooking demo knocks my door,schools and even parents invited my to do a cooking demo so i did,luckily they were surprise of the ingredients that im using MAGGI MAGIC SARAP,i told them that MAGGI MAGIC SARAP is MSG free,so from now own many who had been tried maggi magic sarap feels that they made their family happy for the best taste that they have because of your product MAGGI MAGIC SARAP…
    Thank You so much for the delicious MAGGI MAGIC SARAP,.You’re the BEST!
    Chef Anton Alcazar

    1. It says that MSG is in Magic Sarap. Monosodium Glutamate IS MSG so you must be telling your clients wrong. That is not a good thing.

    1. I never know cause the manufacturer never declared it on label. Some religious group might be hesitant to use this product because they never know which meat was added. I might be a pork.
      Some manufacturers are declaring a generic ingredient name so they can choose safely which specific material to added depending on its availability and prices.

  3. …I personally use magic sarap in cooking.But recently a friend of mine told me that magic sarap consist pork. I was bothered because we DO NOT eat pork!!! Can you please clarify the MEAT POWDER? What kind of meat you were using?!
    ..More power and Thank You…

  4. gusto ko lng po itanung kng paano nagiging powder ung mga ingredients ng MAGGI MAGIC SARAP? kasi po may imbestigatory project kame sa Science eh gusto po sna ng grupo namin na gumawa ng Magic sarap
    maraming salamat po sana po matulungan nyo kame
    ask ko din po kng ang Magic sarap ay may halong baboy?

    1. you need a spray dryer or a freeze drying equipment. Please inquire at your school or other universities for a laboratory type freeze dryer. Perhaps it includes artificial instead of natural meat flavor.

  5. kaya di sinasabi ng manufacturer kung anung klaseng meat, yang meat powder kc baboy yan.pra mabenta pa rin khit sa mga ibang relihiyon

  6. ang sarap po nang luto ko pagmay (maggi magic sarap) , pero anu po yong bad side effect sa katawan pagsobra po ang gamit… para pagnalaman ko po ehh!! kahit araw araw ako gumamit ng (maggi magic sarap) ehh kuntrolado ko at di sobra at SAFE po tayong lahat…thanks sa maggi

  7. hello!!
    sana lang po ay masagot ng manufacturer kung anong klaseng meat ung meat powder. bakit kailangang isikreto pa? kung pork yun di ba pwedeng alisin na lang or palitan ng chicken meat o iba pang halal na karne? at isulat sa label na ito ay halal..
    thanks and more power..

  8. MEAT Powder? Yes! It can either be pork, beef, or chicken. However, the cheapest meat in the market is PORK. I do cannot speak for MAGGI but again, when the labels do not really specify what kind of meat was used then think about it. You see, clearly specified here is CHICKEN FAT. Do you think if it’s chicken meat they will still use MEAT powder?
    As per investigation with NAM-NAM, a conversation with a hotline employee said that it’s pork or pork fat. What does it do? It enhances the flavor of the food! Lard…ika nga…
    Remember also this, kung masyadong makintab ang Iodized Salt na ginagamit, mas delikado…it’s also like using white sugar.
    Problema naman, masyadong mahal ang organic. however, better be safe than sorry.

  9. dear maggi magic sarap
    lahat ng luto ko nilalagyan ko ng maggi magic sarap, gusto to ko p sana matuto ng marami pang recipe sana mabigyan nyo po ako ng recipe book.
    sana mapagbigyan nyo ako maraming salamat!

    1. how can u detect the pork meat product when it’s already powdered and dehydrated? when it’s really pork i will tell you it’s chicken so u buy the products. May Allah guide us…

      1. Horsemeat adulteration in beef hamburgers is successfully detected using DNA testing. I think it is also suitable for other meat detection.


    1. kapag maibidensyahan it0ng factory ng magic sarap na may pork ay maglulunsad ng guera at susun0gin ang naturang fatctory at bibitayin ng pugot ulo ang lahat ng employers pati na ang management ng naturang factory

    2. kapag maibidensyahan it0ng factory ng magic sarap na may pork ay maglulunsad ng guera at susun0gin ang naturang fatctory at bibitayin ng pugot ulo ang lahat ng employers pati na ang management ng naturang factory

  11. bakit ayaw sabihin ng company ng magic sarap kung anong klaseng meat powder ang nilalagay s magic sarap… kaya gus2 ko pong malaman kung anong klaseng meat powder yan kc muslim po ako… sana sabihin naman nila kung pork o hindi ang ingredients ng magic sarap… nakakabahala po kc dahil ilang beses n po akong napakain n my magic sarap… kc d ko alam kung yung food n nakain ko e my magic sarap… sana po makipagtulungan naman ang magic sarap s mga taong nagtatanong at humihingi ng kasagutan…

    1. of course only pork meat can dehydrated using for flavor. as the pork meat much cheaper. the company will not declare the truth what they put in the real ingredients in order to make sales around the world. and they will not declare that they add on lots of monosodium glutamate (MSG) that will kill you slowly. that also coated with melamine as well to keep the products that will lasted years according to their expiration date. and I agree with “Investigador” for his comment on September 3, 2012. I wish I discover this page earlier. I have started searching for an answer about the Maggi product as the fake start going on circle. and the salmonella contamination and so on. all I can say is we have to be aware of what we use in our food. better have nature ways instead of using this mambojumbo products that killing us gently.

  12. Please tell to us if what kind of meat is that meat powder…PLEASE CLARIFY THAT __CKING MEAT POWDER…
    IF DON`T answer my quesrtion I WILL KICK YOUR __..RIP AMEN..

    1. Reports that this product will be banned in the United States due to cardiovascular health problems and other related diseases as a result of the ingredients in Magic sarap. I threw half of my drawer full of magic sarap packets which I brought home every year from the Philippines as a precaution – Klimmy Gaviola.
      Reports that this product will be banned in the United States due to cardiovascular health problems and other related diseases as a result of the ingredients in Magic sarap. I threw half of my drawer full of magic sarap packets which I brought home every year from the Philippines as a precaution

  13. gud day po sa inyo may nabalitaan po ako tungkol sa maggi magic sarap na nakaka canser daw po sya pls paki sagot naman ang tanong ko madalas ko pong ginagamit ang magic sarap sa kahit anong klaseng putahi or pag luluto ko….

  14. I just want to know if nestle Philippines is doing something after those culprits who are involved in making fake magic sarap…. please reply….

  15. Helo po, araw2x kami gumagamit ng maggi magic sarap sa ulam nmin paano po ba malalaman na hindi fake ang ginamit namin kasi may nabalitaan ako na may fake pala sa maggi magic sarap.

  16. My God, I was trying to read all the comments so I could really understand what is wrong with this product because my wife is so obsessed of using it. All I read is these people saying they do not eat pork meat…For God sake please let me medically know what’s wrong with it so I could warn my wife about it. If it is gainly more of a business as usual, then I could persuade her to refrain, all I need is vital facts.

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