HomeBlogs Otak-Otak Otak-otak is a cake made of fish meat. It is widely known across
Southeast Asia, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside
banana leaf, as well as in many Asian stores internationally - being
sold as frozen food and even canned food.
is made by mixing fish paste (usually mackerel) with a mixture of
spices. In Indonesia, the mixture contains fish paste, shallots, garlic,
green onion, egg, coconut milk, and sago flour or can be substituted
for cassava starch. While in Malaysia, it is a mixture between fish
paste, chillies, garlic, shallots, turmeric, lemon grass and coconut
milk. The mixture is then wrapped in a banana leaf that has been
softened by steaming, then grilled or steamed.
otak-otak is most common, otak-otak is also made with prawns, often
resulting in a more textured variety. In Muar, you will also be able to
find otak-otak made from cuttlefish, fish head and even chicken.
Jakarta, Indonesia, one could find otak-otak being sold in small stalls
near bus stops, especially during afternoon rush hour. Some of the best
otak-otak can be found in another Indonesian city, Makassar. The main
ingredient is fresh King Mackerel Fish or known as King Fish.