Until I started food blogging.
Then when other bloggers would ask if I preferred the European or the American version, I couldn't reply. And well, curiosity was really getting to me!
And so it was that on a recent trip to the San Gabriel Superstore I stood there staring at all the bottles of Maggi sauce.
The Chinese bottle on the left and the American bottle from Glendale had the same ingredients and were priced the same. Somewhere in the $2 range for a 6.7 oz bottle. The German bottle, with a little sign that said it was imported from Europe, was $3.99. And the French bottle was a whopping $7.50! A large sized version of the French bottle was more than $22. Maggi was being priced on par with wine!
While I had the bottles all lined up and was still debating whether to purchase either the German or the French versions, a customer grabbed the German bottle. Does it really taste that different I asked her? She said it was less salty than the Chinese and American versions and that she thought it was worth the extra expense. She hadn't tried the French one and thought that was priced too high.
So I gave in and bought a small bottle of the German Maggi Seasoning Sauce.
And bought some ho fun (Chinese rice noodle sheets) to perform a little taste test. On the left is the small German bottle of Maggi sauce. On the right is the standard American version that I'm used to. The German version had more flavor notes, but because I wasn't expecting such a different flavor, it was a little jarring at first.
So I emailed Dylan of Eat, Drink, and Be Merry to ask if he had tried the French version. As he said, this was a "VERY IMPORTANT" matter, and spurred him to write yet another ode to Maggi sauce and to show off his 9 different bottles.
Of course, now I think I should have sprung for the French bottle.
San Gabriel Superstore
1635 San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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