My foodie buddies Joe and Kumes have been talking about OT Frozen Food Trading for a while and I finally made a visit yesterday. OT Frozen Food Trading makes otak otak at a shop lot in Taman Desa Jaya and supplies many traders and stalls in JB.
OT Frozen Food Trading was started 13 years ago in Taman Desa Jaya in JB by MR Goh who hailed from Muar, the Johor seaside town famous for otak otak. The otak otak at OT Frozen Food are made using the recipe handed down by MR Goh's grandmother.
MR Goh's workers have been with him since OT Frozen Food Trading started. The simply organised work area had a calm and quiet efficiency and purpose.
MR Goh's shop felt more like kampung style communal cooking than a mass production factory. It still relies on traditional recipes and methods, only that MR Goh has organised his workers and work flow to produce the volume required by his customers.
MR Goh makes his otak otak with fresh Ikan Tengiri, Ikan Parang and shrimps everyday.
Fish otak otak in leaf
Besides supplying to traders and stalls, OT Frozen Food also sells its otak otak to walk in customers. The current walk in price list is as follows:
Fish in leaf (cooked) - 60sen per piece
Shrimp in leaf (cooked) - 70sen per piece
Fish head in leaf (cooked) - 90sen per piece
Fish 200 gram slab in box (cooked) - RM5 per box
Shrimp 200 gram slab in box (cooked) - RM5.50 per box.
I brought home an assortment of flavours. We just steamed those that came in slabs and tossed those that came in leaves in the mini toaster oven. I am eating them as I wrote this post.
Fish otak otak
The otak otak made entirely with spiced grounded fish or shrimp meat and coconut milk was tender, sweet and juicy. There was none of that stiffer, lifeless mouth feel that betrays the overuse of starchy bulk fillers. As OT's otak otak do not use artificial colouring it only had a light orangey hue from the curry spices instead of the bright, almost inky red colour we see in other average otak otak.
Shrimp otak otak
OT's otak otak is spicy without being stinging but the spiciness lingers pleasantly like a fragrant, mint in the mouth for a while after the meal.
Photo courtesy of Kumes
I love the fish head otak otak as I enjoy picking through the head bones for the interesting tastes and textures of the gelatinous bits :)
It is worthwhile making a trip to OT Frozen Food Trading, if you want to stock up on otak otak at home.
Restaurant name: OT Frozen Food Trading
Address: 28, Jalan Permatang 12, Taman Desa Jaya, Johor Bahru
Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (rest on Sunday)
Date visited: 28 Dec 2012