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How to make this Basic Shrimp Paste

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

We are nearing the final recipe. We made the tapioca noodle (Bánh Canh) and the perfect Basic Pork Stock, and now the shrimp paste. This shrimp paste is another building block to our final recipe on Bánh Canh Bột Lọc Cua. This shrimp paste is a perfect addition to these noodles. We used it to make shrimp balls, but feel free to use it how you prefer, may it be fried shrimp cakes, as a filling in dumplings, or whatever your heart desires.


How to make this Basic Shrimp Paste

Makes 1lb

Ingredients: 1 lb. Shrimp 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Powder 1 Tablespoon Tapioca Starch 2 Teaspoon Sugar 1 1/2 Tablespoon Oil 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce


  1. Add all the ingredients to the food processor.

  2. Pulse, stopping the machine occasionally to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.

  3. Grind until the mixture is all grinded down.

  4. The paste is ready to use, or it can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. For long-term storage, store in the freezer for up to 2 months.


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