Muar Otak OtakFish, crab, prawn, and lala...what comes to mind?
Would you have thought about otak otak? I would if I were in Muar! Famous for their wacky flavours of otak otak, fellow Muar locals really have their own style when it comes to inventing new flavours of otak otak! Never in my life have I tried otak that is made from something other than fish! So, I had to try all the different variations when I visited in Muar!
There's always the aroma of BBQing otak when in Muar, so when someone says to you that there is “love in the air”, he or she probably meant the love for otak J and who can blame them?! Just walk along any street in Muar and you are bound to see someone chomping down otak!
Muar people eat otak otak with everything or just by itself. Otak otak go well with different kinds of food, so they are eaten for breakfast with nasi lemak, for lunch with wanton noodle, for dinner with fried kway teow - just to name a few examples of common combinations, but the possibilities are endless.
After dinner, we went for otak otak at A Class Otak Otak - a contemporary café styled otak otak shop for supper that ended up more like a feeding frenzy.
Enveloped in nipah (attap) leaves, it's like receiving a love letter with each otak! hahaha Muar letters anyone?
The fish otak is made with chunks of ikan tenggiri (mackerel) fish. Fragrant and delicate, it will surely delight your taste buds! Each fish otak costs RM0.50.
The prawn otak is, yup, you guessed it...made with fresh prawns! The juicy prawns add to the sweetness of the otak.
The lala (shellfish) otak was my personal favourite as the lalas in the otak gave it a nice chewy texture yet tender at the same time! Each lala otak costs RM0.50. Get more of this, its uniquely Muar and you won't be disappointed!
Finally, the crab otak is the latest addition to the otak clan. Once you bite into the otak, you will be greeted by flakes of real crab meat! Each stick costs RM1.20. Definitely a must try for crab lovers.
Restaurant name: A Class Otak Otak Products
Address: 55-17, Jalan Batayan, Muar, Johor (just beside the large Bentayan hawker centre)
Hours: 8:00am to 10:00pm
Restaurant name: Nice Food Trading
Address: Jalan Haji Abu (Glutton Street)
Hours: 3:00pm to 8:00pm