Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ayam Penyet Ria, Singapore

I was in Singapore for the Great Singapore Sale a couple of weeks back..
Since looking for bargains was my main motive of being there, the search for good food sort of fade away...
Luckily for us, adeline's sister is working in Singapore and I bugged her for some decent food in Orchard road..
What about ayam penyet? she said
Ayam pen...what? Whatever, as long it's good..
And off we went, towards Lucky Plaza a place akin to Sungai Wang..
As we took the escalator to higher floors, I was starting to doubt if there's any food at all.. Took a left turn, then another left, and we see this. There were people queueing outside and it was full house. And it's just 6:45 pm. Gosh..
Got our seats promptly and we ordered...
Keropok udang and emping malinja (malinja crackers)for snacking.. Pretty good as it's freshly fried...
Next, the Sayur Asam (indonesian sour soup) was served...I must say that this soup is definitely acquired taste as I thought it tasted different. There were peanuts, cabbage, long beans, salted vegetables, some other preserved stuff that I cant really identify all thrown into the soup. It's sour but at the same time very sweet. I really cant find the words for it. Just weird. I didn't like it.
Finally, we got our Ayam Penyet..
Ayam penyet literally means smashed chicken, in this case, the meat was tenderised using hammer. It's then deep fried, served with sides of fried bean curd, tempe, some raw vegetables and a generous amount of fiery sambal. The chicken was very tender, juicy and crunchy. Extremely tasty, we were also given a bottle of thick, sweet dark soy sauce (lookalike) that's really addictive. I drizzled it all over the chicken, on my rice. yummy. The sambal was very tasty too, fragrant but very very spicy! Set my mouth (and belly) on fire!
For drinks, we ordered Teh Botol Sosro (Indonesian Iced Tea). I didn't take a picture of that as it looks like any ordinary iced tea. But, by golly, that is one of the most funky, vile stuff I've ever drank!! Tasted so bad, and it lingers!! Tasted like tea mixed with 2 week old coconut oil washed off from someone's hair. eeeewwww. Our total bill was SGD31
I noticed lots of people ordering Pecel Lele (fried catfish). Must be good too. Ayam Penyet Ria also serves Empal Penyet (smashed beef steak), Ikan Bawal Penyet (smashed pomfret), Udang Penyet (Fried prawns) and other indonesion dishes.
Ayam Penyet Ria is located at 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza #04-25/26. Tel: +6562357385.
Too far for you? There's a Ayam Penyet shop in PJ too, check out Boo's post on it. It does not serve the addictive sweet, thick dark soy sauce though :-(

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Blogger Tummythoz said...

Sounds like your meal was saved by d dark soy sauce. 'Hak-si-yau-lou-fan'.

20 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

the ayam penyet is good, but the soup and the vile tea..ahhh, just skip those..

20 June, 2007  
Blogger Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I'd never heard of ayam penyet until i saw boo's and your review. thanks for the education, girl!

20 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

most welcome LL :-). try the one in PJ, think you'll like it..

21 June, 2007  
Blogger MeiyeN said...

O_o tenderised using a hammer?!! really huh? wow... like lemongrass never heard of ayam penyet too... thanks for reviewing :D

21 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

yes, that's what they said.. before that, i thot penyet was the way they used to kill the chicken! :O hehe

21 June, 2007  
Blogger tankiasu said...

Kakaka..what a creative way to describe the iced tea.

Anyway, must go try this Ayam Penyet since I'm such a chicken lover. *slurp*

21 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

creative? but that's exactly how it tasted wor..phleh :p
ya, try the one in PJ (think i will too)..maybe you'll have 2 portions! hehe
btw, what happen to your site? cant seem to access..

21 June, 2007  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

vile tea with coconut oil eh? yeap ! staying away far far..alr am..singapore and kl to be exact haha..

21 June, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

I was working in Jakarta and Bandung some years back, and I'll tell you --- I completely agree with you on the teh sosro and soup. Definitely an acquired taste, one I never quite managed.

The ayam penget is delish though, with the sweetish soy sauce. Love their slightly bitter empeng too. And in Bandung, there's a place where you get the freshest most delicious strawberry juice. I usually take two at one go!

*sighs and misses indonesia*

21 June, 2007  
Blogger boo_licious said...

sc - they gave u a bottle of kicap manis which is what every Indonesian place serves. I would think Ayam Penyet here will have the same if you ask.

Hmmm, strange but I kinda like Teh Sosro and I didn't taste any coconut oil at all. In fact, I thought it was just like ice tea. Had it at the Baso Sapi place in Hartamas before. Not many places in KL serve that though.

21 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

joe: yes, stay far far away frm that!

kenny: hehe..guess we just cant really manage liking sosro and soup eh? like the ayam penyet, yummy stuff.. bandung? i'm planning to go next year! now i know who to ask for more info.. :)

boo: they do? yeah, would ask for it at the PJ branch ;). the teh sosro you had was good? but the one i had was really funky tasting! think kenny had the same experience too...hmmmm

22 June, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

Ewww... the tea... I'll keep that in mind.

22 June, 2007  

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