Friday, November 23, 2007

Waroeng Penyet @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Gado Gado (RM5.90)

Despite eating Indonesian food all the time, I just don't get sick of it since it is a favourite of mine. Hence when a friend, S mentioned this place at the Curve, I knew it was my first stop during the weekend. Newly opened in November, this place is near to the upstairs bridge which connects Ikano Power Centre to The Curve.

Empal Penyet (RM7.90)

Although the food is Indonesian in nature, the restaurant is actually a branch of their flagship Singapore restaurant at Lucky Plaza. Food was so good the day we did a quick snack test hence we went back again the next day and had a full meal.

Bakso Penyet (RM6.90)

Not my first time eating Ayam Penyet but this is definitely the best so far. It stands ahead the rest in town with the juicy chicken meat hidden behind the crispy layer. With an aroma of spices and a yellowish tinge from the use of turmeric, the chicken was definitely "finger licking good." The secret to their tender meat is they boil it first with the spices then it is taken out. Subsequently it is dipped in flour mixed with spices and deep fried till crisp.

Ayam Penyet (RM7.90)

Aside from chicken, they serve Bakso, Empal (fried beef), Bawal Fish, Catfish (Pecel Lele), Chicken Wings, Tofu and Tempe Penyet. For those of you unfamiliar with the term Penyet, this means "smashed" as the items are smashed with a hammer till the meat is loosened from the bones making it is easier to eat and usually accompanied with deep fried batter bits. A bit of a misnomer as the Bakso wasn't smashed and still remained whole. This dish is said to originate from Surabaya and was popularised in Batam Island.

For the Bakso and Empal we tried, it was pretty good but not as fantastic as the chicken. Personally I prefer the Empal at Ayam Bakar Wong Solo as it is tastier. Each serving has a large dollop of their famous fiery sambal. According to their wait staff, the sambal uses belacan imported in from Indonesia hence it is so tasty. Also in the basket which they serve the food in is a small portion of fried tempe and fried tofu. My only complaint is no addictive kicap manis sauce like Ayam Bakar Wong Solo but they do serve plain kicap manis or kicap manis mixed with chopped red chilies.

The menu is pretty extensive with Gado Gado, which was served with Melinjao crackers. My only complaint was too little peanut sauce served with the mix of vegetables and crackers. Sayur Asam, Soto and grilled items like chicken and satay are also available here. They also serve this unusual dishes called Batagor, a fried mixed dumpling made from fish paste and Siomay Bandung which is Bandung mixed dumpling. Do give it a try when you're around the area and if you love fried chicken and spicy sambal, this is definitely a place to be.

Waroeng Penyet

First Floor, Lot 1.32
The Curve
Mutiara Damansara
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 017 - 200 3988

(Halal. The restaurant is tucked in the corner and opposite Paddington House of Pancakes and next to Just Dessert. Also near the first floor connection bridge to Ikano Power Centre.)

*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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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmm if it is as good as it sound despite not being as good as some other comparison..i need to try this!

daphne said...

funny thing is that i have never tasted Indo food in SG before. It's ok, I will just drool and look at the pictures for the time being...

myCoffee said...

Looks great! Is this better than the one in Bandar Sunway?

Ezan said...

Hi Boo,

I have been your silent reader for ages and thought I'd say hi. Discovered a chic restaurant in Subang Jaya today (near SJMC, same row as Rakuzen) and would love to see what you would think about the place coz being a jap fan, I totally loved it. Hope to be reading your review on it soon. Keep up the good writing.

Ezan said...

Sorry, the place is Tomoe Japanese Restaurant

Precious Pea said...

I tried the ayam penyet today...tastewise not too bad but sadly, they gave me the breast part, hence a bit dry. My dad had the ayam panggang and the kicap that came with it was FANTASTIC!

Jackson said...

oohhh..this is the one that everybody mention about.. some of them said its call ayam kemek!! LOL!! i wan to try!

ling239 said...

the chicken looks good ~ ^_^
is that a snack or main ?

Beachlover said...

why the chicken called penyet or kemek??..Hmmm....wish I can have the recipe and cook myself since we don't have that here:)

s.kuan said...

hey, i started my food blog, mind linking me?

Jason said...

Great, another place to try in The Curve.

boo_licious said...

Joe - lots of Indon bands also hang out here.

daphne - Indon food is very popular in Singapore and yummy!

mycoffee - much better esp the chicken which is nice and juicy but I guess don't eat the breast part like what Precious Pea said.

ezan - thxs for the info. I'll try but nowadays am quite busy. Only time to do reviews are wkends.

precious pea - I also had the breast part which was juicy. The ayam bakar sounds very good, must try.

jackson - yup, they kemek the chicken so easier to eat.

ling239 - the portions are big for a main. Eat with rice and veges for a full meal.

beachlover - just google it and I am sure there are Indonesian recipes.

slowcatchupkuan - thxs for the link! Good luck with yr new blog.

Jason - hee hee, I think there will be more as I saw quite a few places closed down.

Chef Jeena said...

Hi you have a lovely blog. :-D

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