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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

34 comments on “Otak-Otak”

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

  4. any seasoning required?

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

  6. ooh lala…. this looks so sedap!

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

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

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

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