Note: This place has changed management and is now called Ayam Penyet Best.
When I saw this shoplot being renovated to house a Ayam Penyet restaurant, got quite excited. I have heard so much about this Indonesian chicken dish. Ayam Penyet, meaning “Flattened Chicken”. The name came about from the fact that it’s hammered before being cooked as it tenderizes the meat. The chicken is then boiled before being coated in batter with mixed bumbu and deep fried.
Ordered the Bakso Soup (RM4.50) and Sayur Asam soup to try. The former has 4 traditional Indonesian meatballs in it, along with some glass noodles while the latter has a variety of ingredients in a sourish, appetite whetting clear soup.
I didn’t quite like the bakso here as it was more on the chewy side, with a tad too much tapioca flour in it, I reckon. But the accompanying chilli dip was one of the highlights of my meal. Fiery, tongue numbing type of spiciness, it caused my nose to water, yet I couldn’t stop eating it. So very addictive!
The signature dish, the Ayam Penyet (RM6.80). Served in a wooden bowl laced with banana leaves, the chicken is served with tofu, tempe, kangkung, cabbage, cucumber and a dollop of sambal. The chicken portion is quite small, but I’m not entirely sure if it’s due to the beating it received or if it was of the kampung chicken variety. But true enough, it was very easy to tear off the bones and had a slight yellowish tinge to the meat, due to the spices used. And the crispy batter bits was a brilliant accompaniment to the chicken. But after the fiery chilli for the meatballs, could hardly taste this one, even though the reddish colour seemed promising.
We also tried the pecel lele (RM), or deep fried catfish. Even though it looks a bit messy, with bits of batter stuck to the folded fish, it tasted scrumptious.
We wanted a vegetable dish to share so we opted for the terung (eggplants @ RM2.50) and was a tad surprised to see that it was with the same sides as the meat dishes. Oh well, more to go around then 🙂
Given that they are separate meat and vegetable dishes, I think that vegetarians can also consider trying this place. And I’m definitely returning for a taste of the chilli whenever I feel like I need a fiery kick.
Ayam Penyet (www)
74 Jalan SS 15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya.
Tel 03-5633 5178