Otak-Otak / Grilled Fish Cake (Nyonya Cuisine)

Recipe provided by Baba's Wife Karen Chan.

1 packet ready prepared frozen fish paste
150g diced mackerel
3 tbs tapioca starch
125ml coconut milk
8-10 kaffir lime leaves
Banana leaves
1/2 tsp sugar

4 shallots
4 cloves garlic
5 slices ginger
10g belachan (dried shrimp paste)
1 tbs Kashmiri chili powder
1 tbs coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3-4 tbs oil to blend with spices


  1. Prepare the paste by blending the "paste" ingredients. 
  2. Heat up some oil on double pan and sauté the paste.
  3. Mix paste with coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, tapioca starch, sugar, fish paste and mackerel.
  4. Prepare banana leaves - cut to roughly 12cm x 12cm size
  5. Scoop the paste and place in the middle of banana leaf
  6. Fold the banana leave like this:
  7. Place the otak-otak on double pan and grill it with medium heat. 2~3 minutes each side.


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