“Ayam Penyet” is really the ‘IN’ thing now. Several eateries, hawker centre stall, and even my school canteen is selling this popular dish.
Ayam penyet which hails from Indonesia, is a fried chicken dish flattened with a wooden pestle. It is a simple dish which is served with fragrant rice, some vegetables such as cabbage and potent sambal chilli sauce. Some serve the dish with fried tahu (beancurd) and tempe (soybean cake) on the side.
If you want to try out the original, Ayam Penyet Ria located at the 4th storey of Lucky Plaza is one of the first few places which brought this dish in. Do note that it is often very crowded during the weekends, so expect to wait in line with locals and Indonesians alike.
Well, since it is in Lucky Plaza, do not expect a glam-up place. You may be chucked into one of those long tables, so thinking about having a proper conversation in a quiet surrounding is almost impossible.
The signature dish Ayam Penyet with Nasi is fragrant with crispy bits of batter sprinkled on top of the crunchy chicken thigh. Get hot, hot, hot with the sambal chilli, the highlight dish which felt like fiery flames down the throat. If you can’t take spiciness, then you are missing out on THE best thing.
One common complain is that the chicken is too dry, and needed some kind of a gravy or soup to add some moisture. Unfortunately, there was none.
You can also opt for the Empal Penyet (smashed beef), Ikan Bawal Penyet (smashed pomfret), Sop Buntut (oxtail soup), Soto Ayam (chicken soto) or Rawon (beef soup surabaya). The Gado-gado, a vegetable ‘salad’ of greens, long beans tofu, tempeh with peanut sauce dressing is delightfully crisp, unlike some which can get too soggy and mushy. With an affordable price at $5,00 – $6,00, it is an inexpensive alternative to other restaurants in the vicinity.
The desserts such as Es Cendol (Ice Cendol), Es Campur (Indonesian ice mixfruit), and Es Kacang Hijau (Green beans) are rather disappointing though. Too sweet and too lemak (coconut milk added). That’s if the dry chicken plus sambal didn’t make you thirsty enough. (Could be a tactic to make customers buy more drinks hah)
304 Orchard Road #04-25 Lucky Plaza S(238863) Tel: +65 62356390