Jackie from Jackie M has provided me the recipe to her Otak Otak- Grilled Spicy Fish Cake in Banana Leaf.


  • 500g redfish fillets

  • 100ml water

  • 2 TBS tapioca flour

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • 1 TBS mushroom stock granules

  • 1 TBS curry powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 200ml coconut cream

  • ¼ TBS chilli powder

  • 1 tsp belacan granules

  • 2 TBS minced kaffir lime leaves

  • ½ cup fried shallots

  • Banana leaves for wrapping – 5 x 4-inch pieces

  • Stapler or bamboo skewers to secure the leaves


  • 1.

    Mix tapioca flour and pepper in the water.

  • 2.

    Put the fish and water/flour/pepper mixture in a food processor and pulse it until the fish turns into a paste.

  • 3.

    Transfer into a mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients. Mix well.

  • 4.

    Put 2 TBS fish mix on a banana leaf, fold in the sides and staple the ends.

  • 5.

    Brush with a little oil and cook in a frying pan or on a BBQ for about 4 minutes each side, or until cooked through.

  • 6.

    Serve (remove banana leaf wrapper before eating).


Makes about 20-25

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