Street Food - Otah

August 23, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Street Food - Otah

Also Known As:
Otah, Otak, Otah-Otah, Otak-Otak



Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $0.50 - $2



Description:
Otah is a popular Malay / Nonya-Peranakan snack food that originated from Penang, Malaysia. Today, Otah is popular throughout Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.


Otah is a flat cake made from fish paste, usually spanish mackerel fish. The fish paste is mixed with water, salt, chili, shallots, ginger, garlic, oil, corn flour, rice flour, powdered turmeric, curry powder, sugar, kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste (Belacan), lemon grass and coconut milk. This Otah mixture is then wrapped in a steamed banana leaf, and grilled.

While Otah made from fish paste is the most common, other types of seafood paste have been used to make Otah as well. This includes squid paste, prawn paste and crab paste.

The Otah sold in Singapore usually comes in 2 sizes. The most common version is a long thin strip of Otah, while the other version is a flat rectangular cake of Otah.

Otah is often eaten as a snack, or served with bread or rice, especially during breakfast.


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Otah is a great snack food, and I find the spicier ones more addictive!

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Otah in Singapore.


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Tan Beng Otah Delights
@ 51 Old Airport Road #01-74
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm Mon - Fri, 7am - 3pm Sat - Sun




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Molly's
@ 27 Defu Lane 10 #02-164
Opening Hours: 3am - 3pm Daily

@ 104 Hougang Avenue 1 #01-1121
Opening Hours: 5am - 8pm Mon - Sat, 5am - 5pm Sun



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Hiang Soon Otar
@ 261 Jalan Kayu
Opening Hours: 8am - 6pm Daily




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