Otak otak

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In my opinion, the best invention mankind discovered in this world was the food processor! I love my food processor… can’t think of what I would do without it. Makes and grinds everything in a second and viola! What a happy happy joy joy thing to have in your kitchen and thus comes otak otak on my list today.

Otak otak can be found in Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia and goes well as a stand alone (with white bread or rice) or as a side dish. I can’t really think of how this dish got it’s name as otak means brain in malay. And otak otak is the plural, thus brains. Could it possibly be because of the texture, being soft, creamy, appetizing? :-s

You can grill, steam, bake or even use your non stick pan to cook it up. Amazing methods of which you find on the internet. Non the less, I wanted to grill this fish paste, as banana leaves becomes more aromatic once you put them on an open fire. And I found a perfect day to do this as a good old Saturday candle-night dinner on my roof terrace on a hot summer night.

Makes about 18 packages

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Originating from the land of the assam laksa, she is home-based in southern Germany. Authentic asian cooking challenges her to bring fond foodie memories of home in her kitchen.

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