Processed with silver shrimp, shrimp paste is a condiment commonly used in Cantonese and Thai cuisines. Due to the sea-facing location of Tai O, the abundance of silver shrimp gives rise to the local specialty.
In the heyday of the shrimp past trade, there were about 10 manufactories in Tai O. Silver shrimps sourced from local fishermen were salted, crushed and fermented before they were grounded for sundrying in bamboo sieves. The semi-products were mixed well and dried under the sun a few times to become shrimp paste. The trade has now slipped into decline and the traditional flavour is gradually vanishing.
Sing Lee Shrimp Sauce and Paste Manufactory has been operating in Tai O for more than 80 years. It has upheld the handmade tradition and insisted on using local ingredients in their products, both of which are essential to the unique and memorable taste and aroma of shrimp paste.
Sing Lee Shrimp Sauce and Paste Manufactory
10 Shek Tsai Po, Tai O
How to get there
From Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal (Exit B of Tung Chung MTR station), take a 25-minute cable car ride to Ngong Ping. Go to Ngong Ping bus terminus and take a New Lantao Bus no. 21 to Tai O, it takes around 20 minutes. The Manufactory is 15 minutes away on foot from the bus terminus.