The Spanish Mackeral, locally known as Tenggiri Batang, is a popular food fish in Malaysia. It is commonly used for fish soups and otah. They belong to the family Scombridae which are a pelagic species whose members include tuna. They have no scales and underneath their silvery skin is a muscular flesh which is rich in blood vessels as they are strong swimmers and would often speed across the open waters of the oceans and seas.
The flesh is meaty and firm, almost like the texture of chicken breast meat when it is fried.