Traditional Indonesian Snack, Otak Otak

Otak otak is a traditional Indonesian snack made from a mixture of ground fish and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled. It is a popular snack in Indonesia and is often sold by street vendors.

It is typically served with a side of chili sauce or sambal for added flavor. Otak otak is often enjoyed as a snack or as part of a larger meal. It is a delicious and flavorful snack that is enjoyed by many people in Indonesia and beyond.

The price of otak otak can vary depending on the location and the seller. In Indonesia, otak otak is often sold by street vendors and is usually priced at a few thousand Indonesian rupiah per piece (equivalent to a few cents in US dollars).

In restaurants or specialty food stores, the price of otak otak may be higher, anywhere from around $1-$5 per piece. In other countries, the price may vary depending on the availability of the ingredients and the demand for the snack.

How to cook Otak Otak

To cook otak otak, you will need the following ingredients:

1 pound ground fish (such as white fish or mackerel)

2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 red chili pepper, finely chopped (optional)

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons coconut milk

Banana leaves or parchment paper, for wrapping


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground fish, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, chili pepper (if using), fish sauce, sweet soy sauce, sugar, and coconut milk. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly combined.

2. Cut the banana leaves or parchment paper into rectangular shapes, about 4 inches wide and 6 inches long.

3. Place a spoonful of the fish mixture onto the center of each banana leaf or parchment paper.

4. Fold the edges of the banana leaf or parchment paper over the fish mixture, forming a small packet.

5. Secure the packet by tying it with a piece of string or by folding over the ends.

6. Preheat your grill to medium heat. Place the packets onto the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the packets are crispy and slightly charred.

7. Serve the otak otak hot, with a side of chili sauce or sambal for dipping. Enjoy!

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