It’s the ubiquitous Malay chilli condiment
As a dip it’s a really great complement
No self-respecting Malay home will be without it at dinner time
It’s best taken with a squeeze of lime.
Made from belacan, chillies, shallots, sugar, salt and garlic
It’s a condiment that is everyone’s favourite pick
It adds zest to rice and many a dish
It’s heavenly when taken with grilled fish.
Belacan is dried shrimp paste cake
When roasted it has a pungent smell many people hate
But like durians you will enjoy its taste
For it is truly the best.
Tuck in to the most fiery sambal belacan money can buy
It’s a small price to pay for a legal high
The burning sensation from the chillies
Will make you grimace with pain silly.