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Does anyone know what this powder is called?

So I have this powder seasoning thing that tastes a bit like Chinese salted dried plums. My cousin said it is used in Hawaii and in Japan but I really have no clue what it is called in English. Could someone please help me name this sour sweet powder? (I sprinkled some on sour candies and it was amazing by the way) I have enclosed a picture.

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    1. Is that dark purple ? maybe 'shiso' ?

      there is salted dried plum flavor powder call 'shiso' or 'yukari'
      It is sprinkle on white rice & mix let it sit muniuite or so.
      usually call ' yukari gohan' which mean ' yukari rice'

      there are so many different kind of rice seasoning ( call furikake) in japan.

      shiso or yukari is very traditional flavor.

      package suggested sprinkle seasoning on boiled pasta or soup.

      I hope this is what you wanted know.

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      1. re: ymushi

        may be not !
        picture looks like pinkish ?

      2. Li Hing powder.

        You can find it in bags on Internet sites for Hawaiian stores featuring Asian snack foods. The Crack Seed store used to be a favorite of mine, but I don't think they do mail order any more.

        Love that stuff, it has the power to make me salivate just by sight or smell or even thought alone.

        1. Oh, it's not Japanese. I've seen it in Vietnam-- it's chili salt w/ a little bit of sugar, if it is what I think it is. In Vietnam, they sprinkled it over pinapples and other really sweet fruits, and really brought out the flavor of the fruit. I looked all over Vietnam looking for a version that doesn't have msg in it! It's definintely not shiso, which is more purplish and wouldn't taste sweet.

          1. it could be powdered umboshi (sp?) plums, a japanese pickled plum

            1. It looks like Li Hing powder. Here's an online site which sells it - plus a photo:


              1. You can get Li Hing powder at Mitsuwa, these days. It's excellent on craisins and dried mango.

                1. is this powder easily accessible? Are they available in chinese supermarkets? I'd love to try this

                  1. If it taste like "Chinese salted dried plums" then it's what others are calling Li Hing powder. I got mine from NYC's Chinatown recently (Tongin Mart on Mulberry just off of Canal. Entrance is 3 steps down from street level). It's called Plum Powder, is brown in color and has a choice of plain or with ginger (the latter of which I've not tried, yet) This verison I got is made by a Chinese (actually maybe Taiwanese) natural/organic company called "Natural Way" (www.7948888.com). No coloring nor anything other than plum and salt is in this particular brand. A couple of grocery stores in Chinatown now carry their stuff, but I'm not sure how complete. The stores put this line of product in one location so you could pretty easily find it if they have it.

                    I think my favorite use for this powder is on fresh tomato. It turns it into something totally different..something very sweet and intense. I've also sprinkle just a small amount along with some ground nuts and coarse salt onto warm white rice, and it totally changed the taste to something neither sweet nor savory, but both.

                    The most practical use for this is when you've either over eaten, or don't have an appetite, or have had too much greasy food.

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                    1. re: HLing

                      Is this what gives the flavor to Li Hing Mui flavored shave ice?

                    2. Thanks everyone for your replies. I guess it is indeed li hing powder and it is delicious. I put it all on types of fruit but my favorite use was mixed with sour patch kids: it was amazing. My parents got me this bad from Little Saigon so I'm sure it can be attained in any Asian supermarket.

                      1. I have never even heard of this stuff, but it sounds fantastic

                        what else do you sprinkle it on? and is it easy to find? For instance, could I find it in your average chinese grocer?

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                        1. re: bitsubeats

                          Availability is probably dependent on where you live. I don't believe I find in commonly in the Seattle area Chinese stores, but our Uwajimaya probably has it. If it's available, I would think you'd find it in the "snack" section, where the packages of Asian preserved fruit snacks can be found. Sour patch candies are a favorite.

                          I'm salivating just typing this......

                          1. re: smalt

                            I found the stuff (Emperor's Kitchen brand Eme-Shiso Sprinkle powder) at Health Nuts here in NYC. It has sea salt in it, in addition to the usual pickled perilla leaves and Japanese plum, and I think the saltiness is throwing me off.

                            I have to say, I've tasted it (albeit alone) and cannot figure out a *really* good way to use it. The tomato slices idea sounds good, but I wish I could find a full recipe that uses it....

                            1. re: porceluna

                              You are talking about two different powders. Li Hing has a sweet and sour taste while the Japanese Ume-Shiso tends to be more salty. Li Hing can be used on any fruit--watermelon, nectarine, peach, mango, guava, pineapple....good on tomato, too. Ume-Shiso can be used on grilled chicken and grilled veggies.

                              1. re: porceluna

                                fdb is right. The Ume-shiso powder/flakes are great for rice balls, but the Li HIng plum powders have a lot more of the plum's tartness that somehow tastes sweet. The salty one that you got won't have the same type of interaction with the tomato as the Li Hing powder.

                                Since you're in NYC, you can get it at Tongin Market on Mulberry just off of Canal. The store is 3 steps below street level. Walk in, go straight to the back, staying on your right hand side. You'll see the health food section intersecting with the rice section.

                                1. re: HLing

                                  Oh geez, bummer about about having the wrong one. I was wondering about my less-enthusiastic-than-others-people's reaction. :( Anyone have any ideas about how to use the salty type of ume-shiso powder??