Inspired by the Otah Sandwich that I had at Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe, I decided to make these sandwiches at home as a teatime snack and am delighted to share how simple it is to make.
I was strolling along East Coast Road the other day and found this pre-packaged Otah made by Otah Boy. There are three different flavors available: Mackerel Otah, Prawn and Fish Otah, Fish and Squid Otah. I picked up one of each but for this sandwich, I am using the Mackerel Otah. If you don’t know what Otah is, it is basically a cake made of fish meat and spices. It is widely known across Southeast Asia, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside a banana leaf.
First I steamed the Otah for about 15 minutes, as I wasn’t sure if it already came pre-cooked. Just wanna be safe, you know?
After the Otah has been steamed, I used a fork to flake it. This Otah looks yummy already because there are solid bits of mackerel in the pasty cake. According to the Otah Boy website, all their Otahs are made using the best high-quality mackerel fish that’s been sliced into bite-size pieces and mixed with unique blend of seasonings. Hand-made with no MSG and preservatives, these freshly-made Otah are chilled and kept frozen to retain its freshness and taste.
Next, I sliced the Japanese cucumber into small pieces. Notice I am using Naturel Olive Spread in lieu of butter to spread on my whole meal bread.
I picked up the Naturel Olive Spread from NTUC supermarket and I like using this whenever possible because it is a healthier alternative to butter or margarine. My mom loves to nibble on bread rolls and baguettes from time to time, and I’m encouraging her to use the olive spread instead of butter for health reasons. Naturel Olive Spread is made with extra virgin olive oil and is cholesterol free. I keep butter at home too (for baking), but I hide it behind this Naturel Olive Spread container so that when my mom opens the fridge, she sees this first instead of the butter. :p
Look at how creamy it is. It spreads very easily onto my whole meal bread slices too, which is a small but significant point to consider. Because when you spread cold butter right out of the fridge onto bread, it tears the bread apart. It has happened to you before, I’m sure. Naturel Olive Spread, however, lays on smoothly even when it’s been taken straight out of the fridge and still cold. *thumbs up* Hey man, I’m OCD. I don’t like my bread ripped up and creating a messy hole-y sandwich.
I assembled my Otah Sandwich by placing a layer of the flaked mackerel Otah, followed by a row of the sliced Japanese cucumbers.
Popped this into the toaster oven, medium-low setting for about 5 minutes to brown and crisp. If you like, you can toast it longer but watch it closely so that it doesn’t get burnt.
VOILA! Done and done, and ready to be devoured.
If I may say so myself, this is one helluva tasty sandwich without the need for additional salt or pepper. The spices in the mackerel Otah are robust and the Japanese cucumber slices give a nice crunch. I think it’s really healthy also because I used whole meal bread and olive oil spread.
2 slices whole meal bread
15g Otah (if you want to use the same one I used, you can order online from otahboy.com)
1/2 Japanese cucumber (sliced into discs)
1 Tb Naturel Olive Spread
1. Steam otah for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, microwave in medium setting for 7 minutes.
2. Using a fork, flake the cooked otah.
3. Spread Naturel Olive Spread on bread and assemble by layering Otah, then Japanese cucumber slices on the bread.
4. Toast for approximately 5 minutes.
5. Ready to serve with a nice cup of tea. :9
I can’t emphasize enough how delicious and simple this sandwich is. Try making this at home next time, for a quick snack. Have I mentioned it’s healthy? Oh right, I did.
If you are curious to find out what other snacks you can make creatively with Otah, there are several interesting recipes on the Otah Boy website as well.