For the record, the name of the dish is Otak Otak. Not Otah Otah. Not Otah.
This is a traditional Malay/ Indonesian snack made up of fish, spice, coconut paste wrapped in banana leaf or coconut leaves. The otak otak is either grilled or steamed. Traditional grilled otak otak paste contains fresh coconut shavings. Variations like the Nyonya (Peranakan) version, are steamed and contain eggs and corn flour which gives custard like texture. Here’s my version of Traditional Tenggiri Fish (Spanish Mackeral) Otak-otak wrapped in Banana Leaf: Steamed and then Grilled.
Using simplest of ingredients:
1 large onion, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 inches of Ginger, 2 tablespoons sugar, 4 tablespoons chili paste, half teaspoons of sea salt, some belachan, 2 tablespoons of Meat Curry, fresh coconut shavings 🙂 and 250g white flesh of Spanish Mackerel (Tenggiri)