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Muar Eat: Otak-Otak Cheng Boi (阿梅麻坡乌达) @ Taman Sri Emas

Otak-Otak Cheng Boi (阿梅麻坡乌达) is a shop specialised in various types of otak-otak (usually spiced fish paste wrapped in nipa palm leaves). It is located in Taman Sri Emas, Muar, and just a short walking distance from Muar Bentayan Bus Terminal.

Otak-Otak Cheng Boi (阿梅麻坡乌达)

Other than the usual fish otak-otak in nipa palm leave (called a stick), there are otak-otak made with prawns, sotong (calamari) and fish head too. There are also otak pau (乌达包) and otak cup (乌达杯). All products are frozen in packs and sold chilled.

Outside the shop, only the fish otak-otak will be grilled over charcoal-fire and sold as cooked food. Dine-in is not available since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Otak-Otak Cheng Boi: Grilling otak-otak

The skilfully-cooked fish otak-otaks will not have burnt taste and have nice reddish-orange colours. They are delightfully sweet-spicy, but not very spicy.

Otak-Otak Cheng Boi: Otak-Otak sticks

Do you know that "otak" means "brain" in Malay? The name was coined in the early days due to minced fish paste looking like brain matters. So, when addressing the food, it is often termed as "otak-otak" instead of just "otak".

Otak-Otak Cheng Boi: Otak-Otak meat

At Otak-Otak Cheng Boi, you can eat the grilled fish otak-otak or buy back the frozen ones.


No 28 4, Jalan Bentayan, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours:

7am to 4pm | Closed on Wednesday

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