A moist version of shrimp paste, with the same strong, salty shrimp flavor. Shrimp sauce is pink in color when fresh but will begin to gray as it ages. It's used both as a condiment and flavoring. Shrimp sauce is also known as bagoong, hom ha and patis. See also fish sauce.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.