Korean ‘Magic Powder’

Shin Ramyun is the devil, I swear.

We all know how bad it for our health but it tastes so good — with a little onion, an egg or some mandu (dumplings). Drool. Now I’m hungry.

But seriously, what makes it taste so good?


It’s the “magic powder”, as Koreans say. Yup, that’s right. It’s good ol’ MSG.

This stuff right here:


Beware! There are more Hidden Names For MSG.

Here are a few:

Glutamic Acid (E 620)2
Glutamate (E 620)
Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
Natrium Glutamate
Anything hydrolyzed
Any hydrolyzed protein
Calcium Caseinate
Sodium Caseinate

My mom is extremely sensitive to MSG and if she eats it her face will turn beet red.

Gahh, it’s so difficult to avoid MSG because it’s in everything that is instant and super easy to make. I guess one could substitute 쌈장 (ssam gang) for the magic powder to make it a little healthier, but truly, the best thing to do is eat whole foods.

Luckily, there are a lot of whole food options in Korean cuisine!


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