Vegetarian Hae Koh (Shrimp Paste)

I have every intention to make some vegetarian assam laksa one of these days, but I realized that I had forgotten to buy some vegetarian hae koh (shrimp paste) when I went home to Malaysia for Chinese New Year not too long ago. I was ecstatic to find the recipe for homemade vegetarian shrimp paste on the Internet tonight, and the goal of making assam laksa is can almost be materialized. I just have to find assam keping around here or in Toronto. Below is the recipe from Amy Beh of


  • 1 tbsp Marmite vegetarian yeast extract
  • 1 1/2 castor sugar
  • 4 tbsp maltose (mak nga tong) – found this is Vietnamese store
  • 1 tbsp thick soy sauce — I brought some from home since I cannot find thick soy sauce here that are not Indonesian
  • 2 tsp vegetarian belacan powder
  • 120ml water
  • Thickening: Combine 1 tbsp corn flour + 2 tbsp water


Combine all ingredients in a non-stick saucepan and cook over low heat until it comes to a simmering boil for 1-2 minutes. Stir in thickening to mix.



2 responses to “Vegetarian Hae Koh (Shrimp Paste)

  1. Very very nice !
    Thank you !

  2. Thanks!

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