I really need some help. I made a Thai coconut and pumpkin soup the other day. Now the first time that I made it it was fantastic, but I didn't use the tablespoon of shrimp paste that the recipe called for. Wishing to follow the recipe I then went out and duly bought shrimp paste (ingredients; shrimps and salt: smell; dog's doodoo). I then made the soup with this shrimp paste and the taste was well, lets just say if I had a dog, he wouldn't have been happy! I rememer someone giving me shrimp paste in Spain (although it wasn't Spanish, I don't know where they got it from). It wa dark red, very oily - i.e was oil based, and strangly enough smelled of shrimps! The paste that I bought last week (since hastily discarded to the bin) I bought at the Chinese supermarket that all the Chinese in Glasgow go to and was made in Thailand (the paste, not the supermarket). Can anyone make me any suggestions about what kind of shrimp paste I should buy and what kind of ingredients it should contain - or at least tell me what went wrong??!!! Your hopefully Rachel P.S. My food doesn't normally taste that bad, it was quite a humiliating experience!!