My sister Didi turned me on to this. It's fast-acting tsukemono powder! Whaaaa? For real. There were all different kine powders to choose from at Marukai (the shopping cart day). I chose these two because each bag came with eight 4-gram packs and I could divvy up the packs and share with my sisters. The one on the left is katsuo flavored and the one on the right is umami-spicy.
The directions say that one 4-gram pack is good for 1 cucumber or 1/2 carrot or 2-3 cabbage leaves or 1/8 daikon.
I cut up one good-sized cucumber and used one pack of the katsuo and one pack of the spicy.
I put the cut-up cucumber in a zip lock bag and poured out the contents from the two packs.
Then I squoosh, squoosh, squooshed the bag and threw it into the fridge. The directions say that it's ready after 20 to 30 minutes.
I was so surprised at the flavor . . . so UMAMI!! I dug out the bag and read the ingredients. MSG . . . no wonda. On a side note, since making this tsukemono I've been online trying to find the Japanese characters for MSG. There are several. I found the following on Jisho. 化学調味料 chemical seasoning グルタミン酸ナトリウム MSG 味塩 salt and MSG And I've seen this on the front of packages before but never knew what it meant: 無化調 No MSG Good to know, yah.