Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Satar & Otak Otak, Kuala Kemaman

I've been craving for satar since the day we've confirmed our trip to Cherating...
Having tasted satar when I was a teenager, I was eager to introduce this delectable snack to Bubbly Alicia and Blur Butterfly, hoping that it still tastes as good as I remembered. We were lucky that Bubbly Alicia has a local friend, KH, who promptly brought us to Kuala Kemaman, famous for it's satar..
We reached this particular shop that's supposed to served really wicked satar, but most unfortunately, they have finished selling all their satar..and it's before 6pm! grrrr...:(.
Nonetheless, KH ordered some otak otak and keropok lekor to fill our bellies..Rather than the usual mince fish otak otak we have accustomed to, this otak otak had a small slice of fish, thickly coated with spices, mince shallots, onions, ginger, chillies and wrapped in banana leaves..This is so aromatic and addictive, I find it rather hard to stop..hehe.
Next, was the keropok lekor (malay fish cake/cracker)..
As I've always been a fan of keropok ikan and keropok lekor, I am quite immune to the 'fishy' smell of keropok lekor. Keropok lekor is made from mince fish, mixed with cornstarch/sago and salt, rolled into long tubes. You choose to have this deep fried or steamed (this method is more uncommon). I have tasted both types, and I prefer the deep fried version, eaten hot with the chili sauce..
The sotong goreng celup tepung was ok, Bubbly Alicia thought it tasted funky (?!?). I believe it's the rempah (spices) that was added, have some strong flavour that some may not like..
As the restaurant does not have a signboard, I took a picture instead. Bollywood Queen told me that there is another form of otak otak, called pais, which is served in the same marination as otak otak, but instead of a slice of fish, you get a tiny fish (whole) wrapped in the banana leaves. Wasted I didnt get to try that :(.
Since we didnt manage to eat satar at this shop, we ventured to another stall, also famous for satar..Ahhh, such pleasure it was to see skewers and skewers of satars, the smoky, sweet smell, filling the air.. Unlike otak otak, satar is wrapped to a conifer shape, skewered in the center. The filling is a mixture of mince fish (usually tenggiri), spices, mince onions, garlic, bird's eye/red chillies, ginger and grated coconut. Cooked till the filling is dry and firm, the slightly burnt banana leaves gives a lingering aroma to the satar, which is sweet, fragrant and rich in flavours..and the chili padi gives a kick to such a sweet tasting snack..yummy!! love this :)
What Julianne thinks?
Scrumptios, lip smacking and missing it already
To get to Kuala Kemaman, if you are coming from Kuantan/Cherating, drive towards Kuala Terengganu/Chukai. You will see Kuala Kemaman's sign board (approximately 10 mins after driving pass Club Med) on your right (there's a bus station at the corner). Turn in, you will see the satar stall on your left (first stall, opens frm 2 pm onwards). If you drive further down, at T junction, turn left. Drive for about 5 mins, you'll see the shop (the picture i took, opens frm 2 pm onwards) on your right, that serves satar, otak otak, pais, keropok lekor etc.

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22 Comments:

Blogger Tummythoz said...

Heard so much abot satar but have not tried yet. I'm a otak-otak fan esp the type you just had. I can have them for all meals for many days!

17 April, 2007  
Blogger Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Like tummythoz, I've heard so much about satar, but never had the opportunity to try it. I guess it helps to have a local show you where the best satar is.

17 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

tummythoz: ya, i prefer this version of otak otak too..can taste the sweetness of the fish

lyrical lemongrass: if u do hav the opportunity, do try it, think you'll like it :). ya, i was lucky to hav a local there to bring us around

17 April, 2007  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Yum! I love Satar too. Nowadays it's such a popular item in Ramadan Bazaars already.

17 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

good stuff eh boo? oh, they're selling satar in KL during ramadan month already? i never noticed, only seen otak otak here..

17 April, 2007  
Blogger tankiasu said...

Jakun betul, I believe I've never tasted a satar before. :-P

17 April, 2007  
Blogger KampungboyCitygal said...

glad that i get to try all the east coast delicacy becoz kgboy came from kuala tganu..craving for satar, nasi dagang and cuppa kemaman coffee now..

17 April, 2007  
Anonymous Timothy said...

Ahhh .. isn't it exciting to travel and try out food all over. Sometimes, I just wish I have the resource and time to do just that.

Go from town to town ... camera in hand and notepad. After a month ... come back home .. spend another month to publish my work.... Ahh ... just heavenly !

17 April, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

So, that's satar. Looks like another type of otak-otak which have the grated coconut as addition. Thanx for sharing!

17 April, 2007  
Blogger wmw said...

Kampungboycitygirl told me that you blogged on Kemaman, while I went back to another part of my Kota Bahru post. Dropped by to say Hi! Mmm....haven't tried satar too.

18 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

tankiasu: not that jakun wat, i have many friends who have never tried before..was told yesterday there's a shop in KL selling satar, pais, nasi dagang frm kemaman..let me find out the location, will let u know, ok?

kampungboycitygal: lucky, lucky you, citygal! great food over there at k.tganu

timothy: hi there! yes, it's always exciting while travelling, trying new food, seeing the way of life of another place :)(no doubt burning a hole in my pocket along the way..hehe)

jason: you're most welcome..yes, guess the preparation and cooking method are the same for satar and otak otak.

wmw: thanks for popping by! have not tried satar too? i recalled K.bahru does hav satar, maybe u can try it the next time u're at east coast :)

18 April, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

Thanks for writing about satar in more detail! Whet my appetite only lah you. Plus wmw punya trips, now I really REALLY wanna go on an East Coast trip and stuff myself silly, heh heh...

18 April, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

P.S. There's satar in KL? *grins evilly*

18 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

kenny, you're welcome..haha..i read wmw post on K.Bahru too, food looks sooo goood! ya, was told there's a shop selling satar in KL, m trying my best to get more info on that ;)

18 April, 2007  
Anonymous Xiu Long Bao said...

nvr heard of satar but i do like wraps :) all the snacks look delicious!

18 April, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

Cool! Let us know if you ever find out about it! :)

18 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

ooh, xiu long bao, i'm quite sure you'll like satar :)

18 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

yeah kenny, my ultra nice boss is checking for me..hehe

18 April, 2007  
Blogger Rasa Malaysia said...

I found that keropok lekor very stinky ones...I remember there is a stall selling it in Jaya Jusco Penang and I could smell it from the end of the mall (and the mall is very very long). :P

21 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

ya, RM, somehow, those in Klang Valley can be somewhat stinky too.. wonder why..but in terengganu and kelantan, it's not smelly and very yummy!

23 April, 2007  
Anonymous Jungle Jerry J*Ho said...

Otak otak!
Hope it's better than the ones in Batu Pahat.

24 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

yummy, jem, just pure yummy.. have not tried those in Batu Pahat, so cant compare la..

24 April, 2007  

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