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Otah Otah (2nd Attempt)

My first attempt in making otah was not a successful as the fish paste turned out rather tough. I guessed it was because I blended the fish meat using a blender which caused it to toughen. Also the taste was lacking in coconut milk.

This is the second attempt and I have sought help from a colleague's wife. She shared with me her Thai otah recipe.

This time round I used a fork to scrap off the meat from the mackerel. It was very easy to do that. With this method, I could feel the texture of the meat.

My hubby and I made this moulds out from pandan leaves so I can steam the otah with the fragrance of pandan leaves.

Recipe for 25 moulds

  • 300g of Batang fish meat (scrap using a fork)

  • 1 egg

  • 1.5 cups of coconut milk

  • 1 tsp of palm sugar / Gula Malacca

  • 3 tbsp of Fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp of curry chilli

  • Shredded chili and kaffir leaves


  1. Mix coconut milk, sugar, fish sauce and chilli together in a big bowl.

  2. Add in egg and fish meat.

  3. Stir for 2 minutes.

  4. Let it rest in the refrigerator for 15 mins

  5. Fill the moulds or banana leaves and topped with chili and kaffir leaves (optional).

  6. Steam for 3 minutes.

  7. Enjoy!

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