This is similar to shrimp jemput, a Malay food. I came up with adding belacan or shrimp paste to the shrimp balls because of my love for belacan. Belacan is a dried shrimp paste that is commonly used as a condiment to make chilli paste/ rempah in Singapore. It needs to be cooked before it can be eaten. The type of shrimp paste I used is shown in the picture above. It is made in Thailand and is a great substitute for traditional belacan as it can be scooped out of the container easily.
1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Dried Shrimp Paste/Belacan
2 1/2 to 3 pounds of Peeled Shrimp cut into small pieces
1 small bunch of Chopped Green Onion/Scallions
White Ground Pepper
All Purpose Flour
Mix all of ingredients A together. Then add just enough all purpose flour to coat all of ingredients A. Add enough cold water gradually to form a moist dough while mixing everything well with both hands.
Shape each ball with two metal spoons and drop them into the deep fryer. Fry them for about 7 minutes or until golden brown.
I made these for my outdoor parties.
Copyright 2012 From the Kitchen of Eloise