The Malay word "otak" actually means "brain" in english. Probably originating from the appearance of the greyish fish ressembling a brain somewhat.
fish paste (mostly mackerel), chili, garlic, shallots, turmeric, lemon grass, coconut milk - wrapped in banana leaf
Otak-otak is found in certain parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The southern Malaysian town of Muar in Johor is a popular destination for it — people from surrounding states and even Singaporeans often visit to buy the famous otak-otak in bulk. It is commonly known in Singapore as otah. Otak means brains in Indonesian and Malay, and the name of the dish is derived from the idea that the dish somewhat resembles brains, being grey, soft and almost squishy.
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