What it’s like…

I mentioned in my post the other day that I tapao-ed some of the delights that we do enjoy a lot at Payung to store in the freezer and take out to heat up and enjoy when we feel like it.

One of them is this…

Payung otak fish

…that they called Payung otak fish, which is their version of the otak-otak, different from the celebrated Muar otak-otak…

Muar otak-otak

…or the Penang ones…

Penang otak-otak

…with the egg custard wrapped in banana leaf. Correct me if I am wrong, but I do think that theirs is similar to the Thai ones that I’ve tried before somewhere except that theirs may come in different shapes and sizes…

Absolute Tribal Thai-style otak-otak

Andy did tell me that the ones I bought the other day might not be the same as the usual because they could not get hold of the bay kar/ikan tenggiri (mackerel). This being the rainy season, fish and all kinds of seafood may be hard to come by and around this time of the year, the sellers may start to stockpile to sell at jacked-up prices come Chinese New Year. He said that they would normally use 3 kg of fish but they only had 2 kg and they went ahead to make but with less fish in the ingredients.

I bought three…

Payung otak, frozen

…and that day, because we had leftovers for lunch and there was nothing left for dinner, I decided to take one out of the freezer to defrost…

Payung otak, before heating

…and heat up for dinner to see what it was like.

Yes, it was very nice…

Payung otak, hot from the oven

…and no, it did not feel like there was less fish in it. I’d probably save the remaining two for Chinese New Year.

A gentle reminder here, if you are thus inclined, you can order food delivery at 0165787614 or call Andy, 01153375498 and they will send via Grab (RM5.00 within Sibu) – payments can be made via Sarawak Pay. If I am not wrong, they will give you free delivery if you buy more than RM60.00.

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

8 thoughts on “What it’s like…”

  1. Looks good. But looks quite little. Is one enough for 3 person? Is it spicy? I have eaten some otak otak that are very spicy.

    Yes, it was spicy. That is actually one serving with rice for one person but we usually ordered and shared, three of us. Enough to go round.

  2. I love otak otak and this one looks nice. At first glance of the pix, I thought it was pulut panggang. Like how they use bamboo toothpicks instead of staplers to seal the end.

    I would tell them if they used staplers – I know them well enough. Yes, when I took it out, my girl thought it was pulut panggang too. LOL!!!

  3. I have tried something similar in Taiping. Yeah but we Malaccans usually eat the Muar version.

    I like all otak-otak, even the Penang version – some people are not fond of the egg custard.

  4. I do that too. Freeze the dishes and reheat when want to eat.

    I remember their fish otak was spicy.

    A bit but nice, we all love it!!!

  5. I love the convenience of freezer food.

    Nothing like eating it piping hot, fresh from the kitchen though…and some dishes are not all that nice after freezing while others may be even nicer after reheating, curry for one.

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