Best Otak- Otak in Kuala Lumpur

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The mere mention of Otak-otak and the visual picture of perfectly steamed and moist fish custard wrapped with banana leaves often sets us mouthwatering. Otak-otak is a classic Nyonya dish brightly flavored with various aromatic herbs, exotic spices, and infused with the sweet fragrance of rich coconut milk. The fish paste is wrapped in banana leaf parcels and then either steamed or grilled on a barbecue. The latter version has a nice, smokey flavour. Otak-otak actually means ‘brains’ in Malay, because of the springy, almost squishy texture of the cooked fish cake. Yum! delicious! So without further ado, here is a list of the best Otak-otak in Kuala Lumpur, just for you!

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    Busaba Heavenly Thai

    Hailing from a small town that is quite close to the Thai border, some of our local dishes have already been infused with the Thai-styled of cooking, plenty of chillies, spices and too spicy for the tongue kind of food. Busaba Heavenly Thai serves their otak-otak a little different by adding a few other ingredient instead. The Seafood otak otak served with the combination of not only the main fish meat but it has added crabs, prawns wrapped neatly in a banana leaf. It is wrapped like a cup for you to ease the process of unwrapping them easily. 

    Tips

    Beautiful ambiance Wide selection of Thai cuisine

    Things to expect

    Private dining room available A little expensive

    Best with

    Thai iced tea and coffee Signature mocktails - Helo Busaba and Mango Mama Blended.

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    Busaba Heavenly Thai View restaurant

    S135, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    Restaurant Yong Len

    Usually the folks at TTDI flock to this decade old kopitiam as it is very popular in search of Prawn mee, Curry noodles, Siew mai and a range of Nynoya kuih and Pau. Their otak-otak falls on mushy side, soft and melts-in-mouth. It is fragrant, soft, and very easy to munch in. The combination of fish, egg, coconut milk, and betel leaves works in harmony in this dish to create a taste that is unmistakably Nyonya in its origin. 

    Tips

    Hawker stall based restaurant Food is prepared very rapidly

    Things to expect

    Cheap meals

    Best with

    Lor mai kai (glutinous chicken rice)

    Price

    RM4.00

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:00AM—04:00PM
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    Baba LowPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    This Peranakan specialized food will serve you a palatable piece of otak- otak which is usually made out of the freshest choice of fish, marinated with the yummiest spices, grilled to perfection, served fresh and hot. You can certainly taste chunks of real fish flesh, spiced perfectly. Nevertheless, Baba Low’s wide variety of food ranges in between RM5-RM10, which makes it suitable if you are slightly tight that month.

    Tips

    Affordable price

    Things to expect

    An old school ambiance

    Best with

    Cendol

    Price

    RM7.00

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    Baba Low’s 486 View restaurant

    11, Lorong Kurau, 59100 , Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322848486

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    07:00AM—10:00PM
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    The otak-otak here comes in a dainty banana leaf package, whereby you could consume in two to three bites. It is topped with chopped red chillies and an abundance of shredded Kaffir lime leaves that gives it a nice fragrance. Steamed coconut milk curds are scooped around the otak-otak to give it a creamier texture. It certainly delivers a punchy kick with a saltier taste. 

    Tips

    Made with fresh ingredient Old school Nyonya heritage ambiance

    Things to expect

    Sold out very rapidly No preservation is used

    Best with

    Variety of traditional delicacies

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    Nyonya Colours @ The Gardens View restaurant

    LG 230A, Lower Ground Floor The Gardens Shopping Mall, 59200, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322870087

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Soi Thai Restaurant

    Soi Thai Restaurant is like a hidden gem in this neighborhood that serve nice authentic Thai Food. Thai Style Otak-otak here is so good that you could go on eating them unaccountably. It comes in a plate of threes. It is steamed to its softness. The texture is like nearly eating jelly. You could also choose the slightly burnt and the harder version of the Otak-Otak. The choice is yours! 

    Tips

    Pleasant dining experience with simple interior Their staffs are very helpful

    Things to expect

    Very reasonable There are quite a range to choose from

    Best with

    Pandan Leaf Lemon Grass Drink Thai Ice Tea

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    Soi Thai Restaurant View restaurant

    FF-16, Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    Thai U Up Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    If you are looking for nice Thai food with street food infuse, this place do offer pretty good foods. Otak-Otak Seafood in Coconut (Hor Mok Talay)  is a bomb where it is rich in flavour that suits your likings. It is served in a coconut shell.The otak-otak inside was cooked with clams and each bite is light and packed with the flavours of otak-otak and chilli and a hint of coconut. You could eat this every day!

    Tips

    Hipster Cafe Vibe

    Things to expect

    Variety of Thai foods

    Best with

    Tom Yum

    Price

    RM23.90

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    Thai U Up View restaurant

    1, Jalan Radin, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 57000, Sri Petaling , Kuala Lumpur
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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    05:00PM—12:00AM
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