• Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Easy

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1 tbsp Marmite vegetarian yeast extract
  • 1½ tsp castor sugar
  • 4 tbsp maltose (mak nga tong)
  • 1 tbsp thick soy sauce
  • 2 tsp vegetarian belacan powder
  • 120ml water
  • Thickening – (combined)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. 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.

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3 thoughts on “Vegetarian Hae Ko or Black Shrimp Paste”

  1. EkeLYap - October 28, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I tried the recipe below for Hae Ko from kuali.com, it doesn’t turn out the same taste, can anyone let me know how to cook hae ko for Assam Laksa? Thanks
    120ml water
    1 TBSP Marmite yeast extract
    1 TBSP thick soy sauce
    1 TBSP belacan powder
    1 tsp. creamy peanut sauce or to taste
    1 – 2 TBSP sugar or to taste
    1 TBSP maltose (mak nga tong) or to taste
    1 TBSP corn flour
    2 TBSP water

  2. Adrian - August 30, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    I found that substituting the marmite for Miso paste produces a much better experience as it has better depth of flavour.

    • Kuali Cares - September 22, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Hi Adrian, thanks for sharing this tip! Happy Cooking!


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