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I can’t believe I actually “peng otak-otak” at home, but I really did. Otak-otak (otah-otah) is a South East Asian delight, popular in Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia, and consist of fish paste with spices wrapped & grilled in fragrant banana leaves.

See Also: Assam Fish Curry

My family loves my home-made otak-otak because of the fresh fish used in the fish paste mixture. If your family do not take chilli, you can make your own non-spicy version. It is great as a snack on its own, or served with Nasi Lemak (local rice cooked in coconut milk). Instead of grilling them the conventional way over a charcoal fire which really smokes and stinks the kitchen, I do so in the oven and the result is great. You can also add prawn, fish head or squid bits to make different varieties of otak-otak.

otak otak

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34 Responses to “Otak-Otak”

  1. lisaiscooking — March 22, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    This is new to me, and it looks fantastic! I love that it’s cooked in banana leaves, and I’d love to try it.


  2. daphne — March 22, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Oh man, I feel inspire to make this soon. I love the flavours of otak otak..and it’s a great way to eat more fish I think!


  3. Y do u need to know — March 22, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Where do this otah-otah 2 otak-otak come from?


    • wiffy replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      I don’t understand…


  4. wyndi — March 22, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    any seasoning required?


    • wiffy replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 11:08 am

      I didn’t use any and it’s full of flavour. If you like to you can season with salt and pepper.


  5. Chris — March 22, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Is that plate for me? I didnt know we can bake the otah in oven.


  6. Precious Moments — March 22, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    ooh lala…. this looks so sedap!


  7. Little Corner of Mine — March 23, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    Yum! What a great way to pair otak-otak with nasi lemak!


  8. Platanos, Mangoes and Me! — March 29, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    This looks so interesting…we have a dish that we wrap in banana leaves also….


  9. foodlover — May 17, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    Hi, do you have the recipes for the nasi lemak chilli. It looks so appetizing. If yes, can you post the recipes. Thank you very much.


  10. Caca — June 1, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    this is real yum, can go with big bowl of white rice