Belacan is a type of dried shrimp paste that is commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. It is made by mixing finely crushed shrimp and krill with salt and fermenting it for several weeks. Belacan is used as a condiment, as well as an ingredient in various dishes such as sambal belacan and laksa. It has a strong, pungent aroma, and deep savoriness that is comparable to fish sauce. Belacan is typically used in small amounts and is an essential ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine.
Uses: Break or shave off pieces of belacan with a knife and then stir-fry with shallot, ginger, garlic, and lemongrass to bring out its flavor before adding your other ingredients. Belacan can also be boiled in a small amount of water to make a potent concentrate.