When I was young my step-mother, who was Filipino, did most of the cooking. She often served plain white rice with this Shrimp/Fish paste on the side instead of soy sauce.
I'm trying to find the paste. (it wasn't a paste-paste or dry)
I have no idea what it was called. It was bought in an Asian market. Came in a tiny glass bottle. Was a redish/brown colour. It had a little liquid in it, and was crunchy if you accidentally ate too much. Something you didn't want to do since it was so salty 1/2 a dime size amount was more than enough for a full bowl of rice.
Everything I've found on-line says it must be cooked in. It was never cooked in.