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2008-08-01

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Note from Ms. Yummy~licious:
Price ranging from below RM3/ packet or block.

Note from Wiki:
Shrimp paste or shrimp sauce, is a common ingredient used in Southeast Asian and Southern Chinese cuisine. It is known as terasi (also spelled trassi, terasie) in Indonesian, Ngapi in Burmese kapi (กะปิ) in Thai, Khmer and Lao language, belacan (also spelled belachan, blachang) in Malay, mắm tôm in Vietnamese, bagoong alamang (also known as bagoong aramang) in Filipino and hom ha/hae ko (POJ: hê-ko) in Min Nan Chinese.
It is made from fermented ground shrimp, sun dried and then cut into fist-sized rectangular blocks. It is not designed, nor customarily used for immediate consumption and has to be fully cooked prior to consumption since it is raw. To many Westerners unfamiliar with this condiment, the smell can be extremely repulsive; however, it is an essential ingredient in many curries and sauces. Shrimp paste can be found in most meals in Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. It is often an ingredient in dipping sauce for fish or vegetables.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrimp_paste

Recipe/s that use/s this item:
Stir Fry Water Convolvulus With Belacan

7 comments:

Mariuca said...

Jean, when I was studying in the US, neighbour compained abt the belacan smell it seems! So had to limit our belacan cooking. ;)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

->mariuca: haha! i gotta says the smells can be quite awful for those who havent try belacan. Poor u, hv to limit yr cooking. :) Now that you're back, isnt it great!! lolz

Mariuca said...

But belacan isnt good for my sinus situasi also, but seriously, how to avoid right? So yum! ;)

Yeeha happy to see MPG here today, thanks Jean! :)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

oh, i didnt know it's not good for sinus! hehe, hard to refrain yrself from good stuff rite! :)

yesterday MPG was here, and today mariuca is here! Yahooo!! :)

Mariuca said...

He he! And now I am here to experiment! Off to AGP after this! ;)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

->mariuca: hehe, thanks, marzie! :)

Bessie Wills said...

"It is made from fermented ground shrimp, sun dried and then cut into fist-sized rectangular blocks. It is not designed, nor customarily used for immediate consumption and has to be fully cooked prior to consumption since it is raw."

-I'm just curious in fermenting this kind of shrimp, how about the bacteria on it?

Regards,
Girly K. Hames
Fermented Foods