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With my first trial of otak-otak, I baked it in the oven. The flavor was good but it was missing the charcoal flavor with traditional otak-otak. So, when I made otak-otak this time, I decided to use banana leave,  and grill my otak-otak in my wok over the stove. The result is that the otak-otak is much better this time– burned banana leaves give it a nice grilled flavor. I also added more water and oil so the texture of otak-otak is much softer, but still no sheen of oil…hmm, I think I have to add more oil on my next trial.

Muar Style "Otak-Otak" Trial #2 麻坡乌达

Muar Style "Otak-Otak" Trial #2 麻坡乌达

Muar “Otak-Otak” Trial #2 麻坡乌达 Recipe

1 container (12 oz) fish paste
1 cup coarsely chopped Sierra Mackerel fish (boneless)
1 cloves garlic– minced
1 shallot– minced

2 tbsp sambal or chili paste
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp turmeric  powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika powder (optional– for more brilliant color)
2 tbsp oil– see note below
4 tbsp water

150 ml (about 2/3 cup) thick coconut milk

2 pieces of banana leaves (11″x 11″ each piece)


  1. Blanch banana leaves in boiling water to soften it. Rinse and drain.
  2. Mix together fish paste, fish meat, garlic, shallot and seasoning. Add in coconut milk and mix to combine.
  3. Coat the bottom of a large wok or frying pan with a little oil. Lay down 2 pieces of banana leaves. Coat the top of banana leaves with a little more oil. Spoon otak-otak mixture on the top of the leaves, spread to form a even layer as big as possible, and smooth the top. Cover the wok/pan with a lid, cook on medium high heat until otak-otak is cooked through. As the bottom of banana leaves burns, it will give otak-otak a nice grill flavor.

Regina’s Note:

  • Oil: I added 4 tbsp of oil but there’s still no sheen of oil on my otak-otak. Maybe I should add another 2-3 tbsp oil/chili oil?…
This is the brand of frozen fish paste that I used for making otak-otak.

This is the brand of frozen fish paste that I used for making otak-otak.

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