The photo shows a package of black fungus that has been shredded. It has a slightly crunchy texture and the taste is mild, but is enhanced by the flavors of seasonings and spices. I use a mere 10 grams of this in my vegetarian dumpling filling. It should be soaked in cold water and when it softens, rub it with your fingers and discard the water. Then replenish with fresh water and soak overnight.