Ajinomoto is known for enhancing the natural flavor of a dish's ingredients. The dishes therefore become fuller and more natural in taste. It adds flavor to soups, sauces, seasonings, and instant snacks. It is a taste enhancer imparts a sixth sense, described as savory, in addition to the five basic tastes like sweet, spicy, bitter, sour and salty.
Monosodium glutamate (the monosodium salt of glutamic acid), also referred to in the kitchen as fatsin , is a flavor enhancer that is used in many savory foods. It is a permitted additive and has E number 621.