To use in cooking, add belacan when you're sauteing your onions and/or garlic.
To use belacan in a fresh [uncooked] condiment such as Malaysia's famous Sambal Belacan - a dipping sauce made of freshly ground chilies, belacan & lime juice - it should
first be toasted in a dry hot pan or in a toaster oven.
You'll be well advised to ventilate your kitchen and light a
scented candle; as it has a pungent scent like "stinky
cheese". But don't be put off - it mellows out in the cooking, leaving behind an understated richness that
simply cannot be reproduced.
Great value, this Made in Malaysia Belacangoes a long way -
just cut a slice when needed.
Keep it dry & cool [in an airtight container] and it practically