Shrimp Roe Powder
Dried shrimp roe powder (虾子 or “Ha-Zi” in Cantonese) is a Chinese condiment and delicacy of Macau and Hong Kong origins. It is made from salt-curing shrimp roe (crustaceans). You can sprinkle it over thin egg noodles to make the famous Macau shrimp roe noodles (虾子面), or many Chinese dishes such as oyster sauce kailan, for instant seafood umami goodness. It is pleasantly salty so you don’t need to season your dish that much if you are using the powder. I found my bottle from the supermarket chain City Super in Hong Kong. The little bottle above (60 grams) cost HK$68 if I remember correctly (a little more than S$10). It isn’t cheap but a little sure goes a long way. Keep the bottle refrigerated.
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For best results, toast the powder in a dry pan over medium heat just before sprinkling over foods. Within a minute, you should smell the seafood fragrance of the dried shrimp roe powder. Check out Check out all recipes with shrimp roe powder as a key ingredient.