As usual, I like to browse around on Tabloid Nova website. Why? Based on my experience, the recipes are yummy, but mostly I have to do my creativity and mesurement converted to try their recipes due to the limited ingredents here and the difference measurement. In Canada, we use US measurement on the other hand Indonesians use metric measurement.

Anyway let’s talk about the food. Here is one of popular food in Indonesia. Otak-otak Ikan is translated as Indonesian Style Fish Cake, some people say it’s native to South Sumatra and other people say it’s native to South Celebes. I don’t know which one is the right one.

Recipe’s courtesy of Tabloid Nova. Be creative! That is the key to make some Indonesian Food, due to no fresh white-meat fish or other ingredients for purchase. In Indonesia to make this otak-otak, we use fresh king mackerel (another name of king fish) fillet. Instead of fresh king fish fillet, I used white-meat fish paste ready to use, which is easy to find at oriental store. Dip this otak-otak to spicy peanut sauce before you eat, instead of spicy peanut sauce, you can dip it into cuko (spicy tamarind sauce) like South Sumatran do.

Category:Appetizers & Snacks

Fish Cake
1 pack (454 g) white-meat fish paste ready to use
7 tbsp tapioca starch
1-2 green onion, finely sliced
5-6 tbsp coconut cream powder (instead of thick coconut milk)
1/4 tsp ground white pepper

Spicy Peanut Sauce
peanut butter (it’s supposed to be ground peanut)
garlic powder
Indonesian hot sauce
kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
salt and sugar to season


  • In medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for fish cake until well- blended.
  • Place 5 tbsp (minimum) of fish cake dough in banana leaves or aluminium foil and wrap it. If you use aluminium foil, brush the foil with margarine or oil. Repeat this direction until done and steam.
  • Remove the fish cake from steamer and bake or grill them. If you want to deep fried, let the fish cake cooling down, unwrap then deep fry it. Serve with spicy peanut sauce.

Spicy Peanut Sauce
In small pot, add water and kaffir lime leaves, bring to a boil. In small bowl, add peanut butter, garlic powder and indonesian hot sauce, stir. Add the boiling water and stir.



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