Thursday, September 06, 2007

Indonesian Food @ Ayam Bakar Wong Solo, Taman Dagang, Ampang



Previously when I did a post on
Ayam Penyet Ria at Sunway Mentari, I was told about a similar place in Ampang. Feeling adventurous one day, we decided to check it out at Ampang. Located next to the Galaxy Mall where you can get loads of Korean foodstuff and imported items, the restaurant occupies a relatively large space of two shop lots.


Tofu and Tempe Goreng (RM4)

This particular restaurant is part of a successful franchise built in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Puspo Wardoyo. They have also been awarded the Superbrands and Enterprise 50 awards. The owner is also known in Indonesia for his many wives which he claims is the source of his success. If you visit the restaurant, you'll see the aptly named Poligami Juice as a drink on the menu. Don't worry it's just milk with soda water which tastes pretty refreshing.


Empal Sapi (RM5.50)

Order your meal from the pretty extensive menu. Each main order comes in a clay plate with a vegetables and the all important sweet soy sauce. Use it to dip fried tofu and tempe (fermented soybean). If you prefer spicy versus sweet, they also serve sambal. Our favourite was their Empal Sapi - thin beef filet which was slightly pounded to make it flat and fried. The meat is tender and delicious when eaten alone or with the sweet sauce. Definitely a must order here.


Pecel Lele (RM5.50)

I had to satisfy my cravings for this - Pecel Lele which is essentially deep fried ikan keli (catfish). The fish was nice and crunchy that you could even eat the bones. Topped with the crunchy batter bits, I was happy reliving memories about this dish which I once ate at Jakarta.


Ayam Bakar (RM5.50)

Strangely enough, their namesake dish was overshadowed by the Empal Sapi and Pecel Lele. Although the chicken was juicy and had the slight smoky taste from grilling it, I felt it was pretty ordinary.


Sayur Asam (RM5)

They also serve a variety of vegetable dishes like Gado Gado, fried bean sprouts (taugeh), fried spinach (kangkung) but we went for the traditional Indonesian dish, sayur assam. Served with a slightly tangy soup, there were a variety of vegetables like a corn on a cob, brinjals, long beans, potatoes and peanuts.

The restaurant also has a branch at Kampung Baru which is near the Masjid Jamek but it's a smaller place with limited parking spaces.

Ayam Bakar Wong Solo
No. G18 & G19
Jalan Dagang B/3A
Taman Dagang
Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 – 4270 1947

(Halal. Note the word Halalan Thayibban on their signboard means Di Tanggung Halal in Indonesian language. The restaurant is open from 11.45 am to 11.30 pm daily. To get to this branch, drive down Jalan Ampang, at the second traffic light after Ampang Point, make a right turn to Taman Dagang. Go straight and make a right turn when you see the police station. Go straight and you'll pass a mall on your left hand side, the restaurant is at a row of shophouses on your left hand side which face a gated community of houses. This place is located near Nong & Jimmy)

*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.


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23 comments:

tankiasu said...

Oh this I so got to check it out myself! Thanks for the heads up. :)

Big Boys Oven said...

oh the ikan keli looks good...must drop my as I am on an adventurous mmod!

teckiee said...

ohh sayur asam is some thing new to me

myCoffee said...

The food here sure look appetizing! Too bad it's so far from where I stay...

sc said...

looks yummy! i didnt get to try pecel lele when i was in indonesia.guess i can try it here!

Azzu said...

Hi boo_licious!~ ;)
I've been your blog fan for months now, and thanks for those wonderful recommendations on where to eat and what to order *smiles*

I would like to straighten a fact that "Halalan Thayibban" is actually Arabic (not Indonesian), which means "Halal & clean based on the Laws of Islam"

anyway, keep those posts coming!!

Cat Cat said...

boo,
For some reason, I'm not a big fan of Indonesian Food. Are they almost the same as Malay Food?
Just wondering...

Precious Pea said...

Hahah..you are soo sooo adventurous. At first when I saw the first pic, i tot you went to Indo.

Abu Sa'ad said...

'Halalan Thayyiban' means 'Halal Lagi Baik' ie. 'Halal and Good'. Its Arabic and the wordings are used in the Quran. Meaning that Allah not only asks Muslims to eat Halal food, but also good food. A lot of halal food are not necessarily good, like junk food :) So they are not encouraged.

Just to share what halalan thaiyiban actually means :)

boo_licious said...

tankiasu - hope u like it!

BBO - fried ikan keli is always good as the fish flesh is so fine and sweet.

teckiee - quite common in Indon places. Not very sour like our assam laksa but just a hint.

mycoffee - can try the Kg Baru one if u're in town.

sc - they have that sauce u love so much here so u can eat it with everything.

azzu - thxs! I heard it from a friend, guess he did not mention it is from Arabic.

cat cat - similar but slightly sweeter esp the sauces.

precious pea - quite hilarious as if u walk in the mall, it is Little Korea and then further down the road it was Little Indonesia. Majority of the patrons were Indonesians eating at this place.

abu s'aad - thxs for the detailed explaination.

New Kid on the Blog said...

wow, ... you're adventurous la!! i dont have the gutts ... :)

boo_licious said...

new kid - must taste different types or else how to experience new tastes.

Jackson said...

wah lau..any map for this place?

stROZze said...

Just want to make correction - Halalan Thayyiban is actually an Arabic phrase, which means Halal Lagi Baik.

FYI, I've been to Solo and Kg Baru outlets. The tastes were equally delicious! Would like to share at link below:
Ayam Bakar Wong Solo

LeeZ said...

I have seen this establishment's ads near Kg Baru and was curious about it!!!

I'm not a fan of ikan keli or any other types of fresh water fish for that matter, but am definitely will wanna try the empal sapi!!!

Thanks for the review!!!

alizea geminia said...

you guys GOTTA, seriously, GOTTA try the 'Ayam Penyet' at Wong Solo.. seriously.. am addicted to it.. when u order it, ask for extra sambal (for those who love delicious sambal that is)

Mat`amiT said...

just found this blog, nice reviews on food, will add to my blog

alizea geminia said...

the AYAM PENYET is alot nicer than the pecel lele, empal sapi and the ayam bakar. but that's just my personal opinion.

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suziemclean said...

I just came back from having ayam penyet Wong Solo and I highly recommend that those who live near Shah Alam visit its branch at Section 7, Shah Alam.

It is located at the block of shop houses directly behind Jakel Trading, Jalan Plumbum S7/S, Shah Alam. Along the same row, you have a shop selling head scarves (tudung) and next to it, a shop selling baking supplies.

Both Wong Solo and Jakel are located near the junction/traffic light at the back entrance of UiTM Shah Alam.

I have yet to try the sapi pecel etc because I'm basically addicted to the ayam penyet. This time round I also ordered a side dish of eggplant (masak sambal belacan). I swear it smelled so good and tasted divine!

I have to warn first timers that dishes at Wong Solo tend to be spicy - the kind that clears your blocked nose :) So it might be a good idea to order a tall glass of iced water. My husband always orders his Soda Gembira (which is essentially air bandung with soda).

The ayam penyet here is served with a bit of sambal on top of it. I always remove it because the sambal is too spicy for me. However, the sambal for the eggplant was mild.

I have been to Ayam Penyet AP in Seksyen 9, SA but I think it pales in comparison to Wong Solo's. You don't have to take my word for it, so go ahead and visit this ayam penyet restaurant to try it for yourself.

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