Words cannot justify how in love I am with this product. I discovered this at the Asian section of the Landmark Supermarket while looking for soy paste. I didn't find the soy paste but never mind that.
This product is from Malaysia. It says on the label that these are chopped or crushed crispy shrimps and can be used as noodle or fried rice toppings. Are you familiar with the chili garlic oil served with siomai? This is a bit like that but it's less spicy and the crunchy shrimps give it extra oomph. On my first taste test, I spooned a very tiny amount on my fried bangus. Oh, wow. I ignored the toyomansi which I normally pour over my fried fish dishes.
On my next meal, I served this with chopped green mangoes and bagoong. Imagine biting into a crunchy piece of perfectly soured green mango then tasting the sweet/salty taste of hot bagoong then feeling the zing of the chilis and the slightly salty taste of the crispy shrimps. Then mixing them all together in one perfect bite then repeating the sensation all over again and again and again... It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Oh, and we had kare-kare for viand that time. It was a perfect lunch indeed.
One bottle costs P140 and it's totally worth it. You don't need a lot to flavor your dishes. About 1/4 teaspoon will suffice unless you get addicted to it like me.
In the next few days I will be experimenting with this on a few more dishes so stay tuned.