PONTIAN: Single mother Siti Jamilah Paijo from Kampung Parit Haji Arif in Benut, Pontian would never have imagined that her part-time job of making otak-otak (grilled fish paste) five years ago would one day become her main source of income.
Today, Siti Jamilah's otak-otak is not only a favourite of the people in Pontian but also of Kuala Lumpur.
Siti Jamilah, who lost her husband Yusak Taib last year, said she has had to employ 10 workers to fulfil the orders.
"I learnt to make otak-otak from a friend. Anybody can make otak-otak. It is easy to make but if the ingredients are of poor quality, it will not taste good." she said.
Siti Jamilah was speaking at a workshop she was conducting to teach otak-otak making to 40 participants.
The workshop was organised by Kampung Maju Jaya Wanita Umno.
Programme coordinator Hamidah Masiman said the workshop not only taught participants how to make otak-otak but also allowed them to make new friends.
"The response was very encouraging," she said.