It is made from fermented ground shrimps or krills mixed with salt. Some versions are in its wet form such as those in Vietnam and other versions are sun-dried and either cut into fist-sized rectangular blocks or sold in bulk. It is an essential ingredient in many curries and sauces. Shrimp paste can be found in most meals in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Phillippines.
Store in a cool dry place.