I confess I have a soft spot for Indonesian food. Kinda strange since my two previous trips to Jakarta and Medan weren't exactly memorable in terms of food. The Medan trip I was too young to remember much about the food except the abundance of the sourish salak fruit all over the streets. Jakarta was a total nightmare - we had gone there for training and despite staying in a 4 star hotel, almost half of the group came down with food poisoning. It got so bad that we were all craving for McDonalds (!). I did have one memorable meal when my Jakarta officemates took us to eat deep fried catfish known as pecel lele. That was one meal we ate with gusto and without fear of getting a tummy upset.
I recently found a place which opened in Sunway which serves the chicken version - ayam penyet. Part of a franchise from Jawa Timur, they're all over Indonesia and even Singapore. In fact, when one googles their name, quite a few blog reviews by the Singaporeans keep popping up. From what I have read, these items are based on a Surabaya receipe.
I've yet to try the pecel lele but I did sample their signature dish - the ayam penyet. The chicken is actually smashed with a hammer hence it's easier to eat. The fried chicken was extremely tasty with crispy batter. I also loved the crunchy bits they top the fried chicken which was addictive. When you order a portion, it comes in a platter with spicy sambal, deep fried tempe, deep fried tofu, vegetables and a seperate plate of white rice. Pricewise, I remember it to be about RM10. Besides the ayam penyet, they also have empal penyet (with beef), pecel lele, gado gado and assam vegetables.
Recently a blog reader, Izaida mentioned Ayam Bakar Wong Solo in Ampang to me. I googled it and it's also an Indonesian franchise. Looks like similar food but I'm not too sure since the references to it from Indonesia says it is grilled chicken. Anyway, will check it out one day as I have directions to it. Thanks for the tip, Izaida.
Restoran Ayam Penyet Ria
No. 6 Jalan PJS 8/2 (Ground Floor)
Sunway Mentari Business Park
Tel No: 017 – 260 9568
(Halal. Open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. The restaurant is at the shophouses facing the main road of Sunway opposite Sunway Pyramid.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Indonesian Food + Ayam Penyet