Saturday, September 17, 2011

idfb Challenge #1 : Indonesian style grilled fish cake wrapped in banana leaves

I submitted this recipe as an entry on Food by its country by Indonesian Foodblogger Group.

(Homemade) Grilled fish cake wrapped in banana leaves

Another fish cake recipe from me, but this one is grilled one (I've posted a recipe of fried Indonesian fish cake here). Indonesia as a maritime country has so many varieties of recipe with fish as the main ingredient. Some regions also have their own specialties. Palembang famous with pempek, kemplang (fish cracker) and otak-otak and Makassar is best known for its fresh seafood especially barbequed fish.

Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are some countries where you could find the street vendor of grilled otak-otak easily. Otak-otak panggang or grilled otak-otak is very addictive. With peanut dipping sauce as a perfect accompaniment to grilled otak-otak. One is never enough !!

Like any other weekend, when I stay at home I take time to cook something I haven't cooked before. Wake up early in the morning and feel enthusiastic with the weekend project. Clean up the house, go to the market (I love traditional market !) and cook ! It will be complete when the house is clean, food is ready to be served, we eat together and my family enjoy the food. Plus a big smile on their faces as a bonus. Yes....this is what I call refreshing on my weekend.

(Homemade) Grilled fish cake wrapped in banana leaves

Grilled fish cake
makes 22

Ingredients :
- 200 gr ground mackerel fillets
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg white
- 2 shallots
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 50 gr mung bean starch
- 1 stalk onion leaf, finely chopped
- 150 ml thick coconut
- banana leaves for wrapping

Peanut sauce :
- 150 gr roasted peanuts
- 2 bird eye chilies
- 3 red chilis
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 60 gr sugar
- 250 ml hot water
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar

How to :

1. Fish cake : grind shallots, garlic and white pepper to a fine paste. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, add in fish, salt and egg white. Mix well.
2. Add grounded shallots, garlic, white pepper and sugar.
3. Pour  coconut, beat the mixture until smooth. Add mung bean starch and onion leaf. Mix well.
4. Rub some oil in the inner side of banana leaf before placing the fish mixture. Place about 20 gr of the fish mixture, fold and secure it with toothpick.
5. Preheat the grill and place the the fish cake on the grill by flipping them for couple of times until set.
6. Peanut sauce : blend roasted peanuts and chilies in a blender until smooth. In a medium bowl, place all ingredients. Stir evenly.
7. Serve fish cakes with the sauce.


Bahasa Indonesia

Otak-otak panggang
22 buah

Bahan :
- 200 gr daging ikan tenggiri, haluskan
- 1 sdt garam
- 1 putih telur
- 2 butir bawang merah, dihaluskan
- 1 siung bawang putih, dihaluskan
- 1/4 sdt merica bubuk
- 1 sdm gula pasir
- 50 gr tepung hunkwe
- 1 batang daun bawang, diiris halus
- 150 ml santal kental dari 1/2 butir kelapa
- daun pisang untuk membungkus

Sambal :
- 150 gr kacang tanah goreng, haluskan
- 2 cabai rawit, dihaluskan
- 3 buah cabai merah keriting, dihaluskan
- 1 1/4 sdt garam
- 60 gr gula pasir
- 250 ml air panas
- 1/2 sdm makan cuka

Cara :

1. Otak-otak : Aduk rata daging tenggiri, garam dan putih telur.
2. Masukkan bawang merah, bawang putih, merica bubuk dan gula pasir.
3. Tuang santan. Aduk sampai kalis. Tambahkan tepung hunkwe dan daun bawang.  Aduk rata.
4. Oleskan minyak di bagian dalam daun pisang yang akan diletakkan adonan. Sendokkan 20 gr adonan ke daun pisang. Bungkus. Sematkan lidi.
5. Panggang  di atas bara api sambil dibolak-balik sampai matang.
6. Sambal : aduk rata kacang tanah, cabai, garam, gula pasir, air panas dan cuka.
7. Sajikan otak-otak bersama dengan sambalnya.



  1. A marvelous dish! The fish must be delightfully moist and the sambal wonderfully spicy. Yummy.



  2. your work is so inspiring! the photographs and recipes. As I am discovering Asian cuisine I am finding so much similarity in food preparation as it is done with my state in India. We make fish curry in mustard paste, green chili and mustard oil wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.

    I have been going thru the Photography section of your blog Tika & thank you much much for the tutorial kind and the pics. of the set up. It helps me so much as I am trying to work on the light and angle and etc. LOVE it!

  3. Say, harap masukin logo event Indonesian Foodblogger challenge chapter 1(foto pertama di album challenge1, foto empal itu) di postingan, dan jgn lupa mention-in juga event ini berikut linknya ke idfb group di fb. Makasi ya say..

  4. This will bea good dish since my dad wants an all-fish lunch this weekend. Excited to try this out. Thanks!


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