Have you ever heard of or tasted ‘Otak-Otak Bandeng’? This is not your typical street-side fish cake that you might find at train stations or street corners.
The ‘Otak-Otak Bandeng’ we’re discussing here is a legendary speciality from the city of Gresik. For those visiting Gresik, this is a highly recommended souvenir. It’s incredibly delicious, with fresh milkfish meat combined with the savory and spicy taste of the filling’s spices.
Gresik’s Special Milkfish Cake
Gresik is known for its high-quality milkfish. There are various milkfish dishes, including smoked milkfish, grilled milkfish, and milkfish crackers. However, the most popular milkfish dish is undoubtedly the ‘Otak-Otak Bandeng’.
Several outlets in Gresik offer ‘Otak-Otak Bandeng’, but the most famous is Bu Muzanah’s outlet located at Jalan Sindujoyo No.68, Telogopojok Satu, Lumpur, Gresik, East Java.
Several online stores also sell this delicious ‘Otak-Otak Bandeng’ from Bu Muzanah, priced at about $6 (converted from Rp87,000).
Similar Dishes in Other Cities
Interestingly, similar dishes can be found in other cities like Semarang, with ‘Otak-Otak Bandeng Semarang Primarasa’ and ‘Bandeng Otak-Otak Juwana’. Each coastal area in North Java has its unique recipe.
The minced milkfish from Juwana has a unique taste, being tender and savory, with indigenous spices like coriander and galangal enhancing its flavor. It also comes with a delicious and slightly sweet chili sauce.
For those interested in making it at home, we share a popular recipe from the city of Pekalongan, another coastal city in North Java. The main ingredients include fresh milkfish, eggs, potatoes, and, of course, spices. Although the process seems a bit complicated and requires patience and diligence in processing the milkfish, the delicious taste you get in the end makes it all worthwhile.