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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Salmon Otak-otak, ~another wonderful bloggers gathering ~


Here i would like to share with you the another bloggers gathering i attended during CNY. We had a potluck and BBQ party at Reese's place at the poolside. All of them i had met except Quay Po Cooks. I also learnt the salmon otak-otak from Quay Po cooks which is very yummy and my kids love it especially my little son Desmond.

~ See all these yummy foods from Wendy, Swee San, Reese, Quay Po, Tracie, Pei Lin and me (Please hop over to Quay Po Cooks blog to check more details and all their blog link).

blogger gathering

blogger gathering

~ I guess both of them Swee San and Wendy discussing how to get fire start faster, hehehe~

bloggers gathering

~ Quay Po is helping to start fire too ^^ ~

bloggers gathering

Here is the Salmon Otak-otak recipe that i learnt from Quay Po Cooks. But I changed a bit of her recipe because i could't find the betel leaves (i replaced with kaffir lime leaf) and galangal leaf ( i replaced with galangal "blue ginger").

Salmon Otak-otak


Salmon Otak-otak
(recipe source: adapted from Quay Po Cooks with minor changes)

500gm salmon fish fillets, cut into 12pcs

A) Blend into paste:-
5 pieces red chillies, seeds removed and sliced (don't remove seeds if prefer more spicy)
2 stalk lemongrass, finely sliced
1” of galangal, chopped
5 pcs candlenuts
1 small pc shrimp paste
4 cloves garlic sliced
5 shallots, finely sliced
1.5 “ fresh tumeric

B) Ingredients
100ml thick coconut milk
2 small eggs
8 pcs kaffir lime leaves, removed the spines and finely sliced
½ tsp ground white pepper
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2tsp fish sauce (not in original recipe)

C) Leaf use to assemble Otak Otak
20 pcs betel leaves (blanch in boil water and let dry) – I replaced with kaffir lime leaves 12pcs
12 pcs of 8 inches x 8 inches banana leaves, cleaned and soften (see Quaypocook’s video on how to soften the leaves)

1. Clean fish, remove skin and cut them accordingly.
2. Blend ingredients (A) . Then mix spice paste(A) with ingredients (B) till a thick paste.

To assemble Salmon Otak-otak
1. In each banana leaf, place 1 kaffic lime leaf.
2. Place 1pcs of salmon and spoon the paste enough to cover the piece of fish
3. Wrap and secure the folds by using staples or toothpick
4. Place the parcels on a steamer and steam appx 10-15mins or until fish is cooked.
5. Serve hot.

Today, Quay Po is inviting us to her house for a lunch, can't wait to taste all her yummy foods..

My son Desmond was so happy and made a high jump beside the poolside !


Happy Blogging and Happy weekend !!


Pete said...

Wah, use salmon...sure is very tasty. Never tried that before

Honey Bee Sweets said...

The otak looks scrumptious! Wish I was there. :P love that photo of Desmond, looks like he's gonna land in the pool! Hope to see you ladies again next time. ;)

That's Ron said...

wow wee! thats one expensive version of otak otak, Me likey

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WendyinKK said...

Try asking the Malay herb stall for Daun kadok (betel leaf), and daun kunyit. It's not daun lengkuas leh. I think Quay Po may have mistyped the name. I think la.
But then hoh, I truly love her otak, very very nice.

CaThY said...

*salivating at the spread of yummy food* I bet you all had a gd & enjoyable time!;)

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

How fun! Everything looks very tasty and delicious!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...
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Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

Sonia, I'm not familiar with those leaves, can you enlighten me is there any different in the aroma? Thanks!

Jeannie said...

Your otak looks very delicious Sonia....looks like you gals had a great time!

温馨小屋 said...

我去了Quay Po Cooks blog 看了,他好厉害哦!还教怎么弄软那香蕉叶....哇!太棒了!

My Little Space said...

Whoa, this meaning more food, more laughter and more joy! Great post. Thanks for sharing. The otak-otak looks really tempting.
Regards, Kristy

ICook4Fun said...

Great fun to have a group of foodies together. I wanted to try out this recipe too but I don't think I can get tbe bettle leaves here. I do have some frozen daun kunyit.

cikmanggis said...

betul kata wendy tu..selalunya Cm letak daun mengkudu dan daun kunyit( bukan daun lengkuas) rasanya QP tersalah tulis.Cm nak cuba versi Sonia ni...otak otak mmg kegemaran kami seisi rumah:)Thanks for sharing.

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Quay Po Cooks said...

Sonia, I use galangal but not the leaves. I also used 4 petals of bunga kanta not 4 leaves of galangal. Aiyoh!! When I typed the recipe, I somehow mixed up the two hehe... You know lah, old already the my brain does not coordinate well with my fingers! A thousand apologies! Your otak-otak looks awesome and thanks for linking your post to mine. Thanks for coming for lunch today and nice to meet your daughter and you elder son. I am so happy they enjoy the food. We must do this again during school holidays so that you can stay longer. Swee San and Pei-Lin and I chat till 11pm, Can you believe that?

Wendy: Thanks for spotting my mistake! I have corrected it.

Cikmanggis: Awak betul, saya tersalah tulis. Otak-otak saya ok tapi otak saya yang sudah tua itu tak ok lah, hehe..

Victor said...

It looks a lot like these Latin American cooking style where the flavor come from the leaf. That's very interesting.

Unknown said...

Foodie lovers among friends - what a lovely CNY gathering. The otak otak recipe looks great . What other fish would be right for this? Thanks.

gaga said...

Looks good. I've never seen anything like that...tasty!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

The most luxurious otak I have seen ...with salmon.. Wow!

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Angie's Recipes said...

wow So many parties! And otak looks great!

pigpigscorner said...

wahh so much yummy food!

Shandy said...

A beautiful layout of dishes from all the ladies. Everything looks amazing, colorful and delicious!

Desmond is adorable; what a huge jump!

DG said...

Lots of good food, all look so delicious! Your salmon otak-otak, wrapped & steamed in banana leaf, it must be fragrant & tasty!

divya said...

Omg that looks mouthwatering!

Pei-Lin said...

So you made the otak-otak! Nice! Thanks for the company, Sonia and Desmond! I missed you, your daughter and Lucas on Saturday!

Linhy said...

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wow the dish looks amazing!!

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I came over from Quay Po's blog and I immediately salivate over your salmon otak! And of course the rest of the pot luck dihes ;) Drool~

tasteofbeirut said...

This dish looks fantastic! I am so glad I get to learn all these new ingredients and techniques~

Kimberly Peterson said...

What a great gathering!!! And thanks to you and Quay Po I now have a Otak Otak craving attack, lol.

nicoleyuh said...

HI Sonia, I cant view Quay Poo's Blog. It says I need permission to view it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, can salmon replace with mackerel? I don't like salmon.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Anonymous, yes you can replace with mackerel.

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