Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.

otah, (derived from otak-otak)

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食物、植物

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otah, (derived from otak-otak)

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食物、植物

Food / Plants

释义

名词

一种具有马来风味,由各种香料和鱼肉烹煮而成的小吃。马来语otak-otak的音译。

DEFINITION

Noun

A Malay snack made with fish cooked with various spices. The term otah is the transliteration of the Malay word "otak-otak".

由来

  • 乌达源自于马来西亚和印尼,传到新加坡后,便成为熟食中心的热门小吃。马来语为otak-otak,指的是脑浆的意思,可能是因为使用的主要食材是白色的鱼肉,但也可形容乌达绵密的口感。
  • 尤其在1950年代和1960年代,这道香辣的美食常与椰浆饭一起售卖,成为许多新加坡人喜爱的美味早点。
  • 乌达的煮法相当繁琐,传统的食材是使用鲭鱼肉,加入各类香料做成膏状,再由香蕉叶包裹并炭烤或烘烤而成。娘惹的乌达则是蒸煮而成,口感也较湿润。

ETYMOLOGY

  • Otah originated from Malaysia and Indonesia and has become a popular snack in hawker centres since its introduction to Singapore. It is known as otak-otak in Malay (literally “brain matter”) probably because white fish meat is used as the main ingredient. The name could also refer to the soft texture of the otah.
  • In the 1950s and 1960s, this spicy delicacy was often sold together with Nasi Lemak and became a favourite breakfast choice for many Singaporeans.
  • Otah is difficult to make. Traditionally, mackerel is used as the main ingredient, with various spices added to form a paste. This paste is then wrapped in banana leaves and roasted over charcoal or baked. Nyonya otah is often steamed, giving it a moist texture.

例句

乌达(Otak)原本是印度尼西亚的民间小吃,用一种白色鱼肉为主要原料。灰白色的肉,乍看像人类的脑浆,印尼文又称“脑袋”为“otak”,广传开去,遂成小食名字。(《联合早报》,15/7/2019)

SAMPLE SENTENCE

Otah (or Otak) was originally a common snack in Indonesia that uses a type of white fish meat as its main ingredient.  At first glance, the greyish-white meat resembles human brain, or “otak” in Indonesian, which soon spread and became the name for this snack.   (Lianhe Zaobao, 15/7/2019)

相关资料

现今偶尔还能在新加坡的街头上,或是组屋楼下看到售卖炭烤乌达的商贩。

RELATED INFORMATION

Today you can sometimes see peddlers selling grilled otah on the streets in Singapore or at HDB void-decks.

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