SHRIMP PASTE, BLACK
A black, pungent, molasses-like seasoning also known ask hoy koh. Made of fermented shrimp, salt, sugar and thickeners, it is used as a sauce or a dip. It is sometimes labeled as petis and is unrelated to belachan. Usually sold in jars or plastic tubs, it is commonly added to rojak, a fruit and vegetable salad, and Penang laksa.