6 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. shrimp paste* (aka shrimp sauce; mam ruoc)
6 tablespoons lime juice
6 tablespoons minced fresh or canned pineapple
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced red bird chile or serrano chile
In a small bowl, whisk together 6 tbsp. warm water with the sugar until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in remaining ingredients.
Make ahead: Up to 1 week.