This aromatic treat is a favorite in Peranakan restaurants and hawker stalls. You can grill this tangy appetizer the traditional way—wrapped in banana leaves—or simply bake it in the oven. Otak Otak can be served hot or cold as a snack. Follow the additional instructions for a creamy tofu version of this recipe.
Recipe Ingredient Details:
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
2-inch piece of turmeric root, peeled and sliced
6 bird chiles
Zest of one lemon
10 shallots or 2 onions, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg, beaten
10 kaffir lime leaves (or zest of 1 lime)
1 1/3 pounds chopped, filleted haddock, cod, mackerel or any other white, flaky fish*
Banana leaves for wrapping (optional)
Place ginger, turmeric, chiles, lemon, onions and coriander in a blender or food processor and purée. Add a little water if needed.
Place ground spices in a skillet or wok and cook 2 minutes, just enough to release spicy flavor. Turn off heat and allow mixture to cool. Stir in coconut milk.
Add sugar and salt to mix, and stir.
Add flour and beaten egg. Stir thoroughly.
Remove center vein of kaffir lime leaves and mince finely, or substitute lime zest. Add to spicy coconut mixture.
Chop raw, deboned fish into small chunks. Stir into spicy coconut mixture.
Pour fish mixture into an 8-inch cake pan. Bake in 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes until edges are golden brown and mixture has set. Cool slightly and cut into squares and serve. To make small, round fish cakes, pour mix about 1-1/2-inches deep into muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes. Or, spoon about 5 tablespoons of the mixture into 6-inch x 12-inch banana leaves, wrap like a tamale, and secure ends with toothpicks or skewers. Grill over hot coals for 10-15 minutes, or until mixture has set.
Recipe Additional Notes:
*To substitute tofu for fish: Use 18 ounces of firm tofu. Chop into cubes and prepare recipe as indicated, but instead of using fish, place tofu and vegetable egg mixture into blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Bake or grill as indicated.
Calories 168,Fat 6,Perfat 30,Cholesterol 70,Carbo 13,Protein 17,Fiber ,Sodium
Thu, 2012-07-05 19:12