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Simply said, this is Indonesia’s answer to KFC. While Ayam Penyet (Flattened Fried Chicken) hasn’t exactly taken Singapore by stomp, it has increasingly gained its following over the last two years.

The word “Waroeng” means a traditional hut in Indonesia that serve reasonably priced food, while “Penyet” means flattened. 

You may find this little shop located at Marina Parade Central rather similar to Ayam Penyet Ria at Lucky Plaza. They were previous co-owners, but different directions and targeted markets made the young boss Edy Ongkowijaya venture on his own.

While the Lucky Plaza eatery mainly appeals to families, Waroeng Penyet is obviously attracting the younger crowd with its red/green interiors, cutesy chicken logo, colourful menus and young staff. 

The Food
The Ayam Penyet (S$5.50 with rice not included) served in baskets, has a generous portion of chicken fried in crunchy batter with fried tempe and tofu on the side. The flattening makes the chicken more manageable to eat, and surprisingly dry. The loosen meat from the bones actually makes it a non-oily affair as it becomes possible to eat chicken without using hands.

The highlight is the sambal chili which is available in hot and mild versions. The faint-hearted may just find it too much to handle, while the chilli lover in me has an upsurge of adrenalin after the blast of spice.  They also serve other forms of ‘penyet’ such as Empat (beef), Bawal (pomfret), Udang (fried prawn), Lele (catfish) and Baskso Goreng (fried beef balls) with prices being very affordable at $4.50 to $6.00.

The other yummies served include Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken), Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay), Soto Ayam (Javanese chicken soto) and Gulai Ayam (Infonesian chicken curry). 

My personal favourite is the Sate Ayam which has a different texture and peanut paste from the regular satays we are used to. The difference is that the grilled meat sprinkled with fried shallots more succulent and tender, and the sauce smoother and less spiced. 

End off your meal with Iced Cendol ($2.50) or Avocado Juice ($3.00), a green, sweet and thick creamy drink which has high nutritional worth due to its rich vitamin 86 and carotene. 

The Good To Know
The owner Edy has just reached 30, but has 4 shops under his belt since he opened this first branch in 2007. He is full of smiles, life and potential, just like Waroeng Penyet which looks set to expand beyond. 

Waroeng Penyet, 81 Marine Parade Central #01-638 Marine Parade Promenade S(440081) Tel:+65 63441235
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily

Other Related Entries
Ayam Penyet Ria (Lucky Plaza)
Nando’s (Bugis Junction)
Barcelos (Novena)
ChicKing (Marina Square)
Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits (Airport T3)

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Comments

  1. very hungry!

  2. wah..look so yummy! Will go n try it 1 of tis day n compare it to the 1 in Changi. Tks or the review!

  3. Jenny on e Block : September 1, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Be careful with the staff there.
    when u receive your balance please check.
    typical Indonesian money smugglers.
    twice they return SGd10 less the change for SGD100!
    me and my group of gf;s wont ever go there again.

  4. Jenny on e Block : September 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Informations from the source: “Edy Ongkowijaya was just a cashier at Ayam Penyet Ria before opening his own “venture” and smuggle more than SGD100K+ from the account cash REGISTER and this discovered by the owners daughter who happen to just finish the accounting degree.

    the Ria boss is kind enough to let him go and even help him to setup a bussiness for him after all he help with the company startups – after he agree his mistake. ”

    Since then they installed CCTV in all RIA branches after letting him go,

    Not sure how valid is this info. but from my survery after i got cheated twice.!

    People please check ur Balance returned !

  5. Great food here! Thanks for recommending

  6. Edy " Warpeng Penyet" : September 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Daniel…many thanks for the comment abt my food. Btw…i am not alone…there are 3 more young partners like me together in this business start up. .

    As for Miss ” Jenny pn the block” ….
    – Pls look for me personally on the issue that u made the above. You can ask any staff for my mobile number. I will be more than happy to catch which staff of mine who short changed u. But hm…..2 times u came….and 2 times u paid with $100 notes ? woww….hm…you have lots of $100 notes ya…:) Cool…

    Are you one of Mr Ong daughters ( Jessica….or Marvella ? ). Or a friend of them…otherwise where on earth u can hv story ( which only God knows what happened). I dont wish to explain things as it will be deemed as self defense. If you are really genuine….pls find me personally in my restaurant…and i will settle for your accusation and about our staff ( i have hidden camera, and you may call the police to witness the tape to see if u really paid $100 , in 2 occasion) and whether our staff really short changed you. Fair ?

    Daniel…sorry dun mean to creat sensation here..

    Rgds
    Edy Ong

    [email protected]
    Blk 81 Marine Parade Central
    #01-638 Singapore

  7. I heard about the incident too, though .. But not sure on the amount.. Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself .. Hmm .. money is the root of all evil i guess .. =)

  8. Btw, dun know if anyone tried Resto Surabaya at lucky plaza before?? Its delicious! Should drop by there to check the food out .. =) .. Just a suggestion yah!! Have a great dayy !!

  9. Great recipes and looked tasty…easy to make, thank you for the recipe

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