Not all mushroom powders are the same. Their contributions to a dish vary greatly. Take porcini powder, which is a beast of flavor and can dominate a dish. Shiitake powder is different, gentler. Think of it this way, adding porcini adds porcini flavor, but adding shiitake adds umami with shiitake flavor. Takehisa’s shiitake powder is wonderful because the mushrooms are grown slowly in the forest during the colder months, which develops intense flavor and umami. We use this wonderful ingredient when we want to add an umami depth to a dish. For us the most obvious usage is ramen. Add some to the broth and the umami levels soar. But do not stop there - try it in stir frys, pot roasts, and braises. You can also add some shiitake powder when you pre-salt meats or proteins. The list goes on and on.