Ayam Penyet-AP, SS15

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.

Apart from the chicken, they also serve empal (beef), pecel lele (catfish), prawns, bakso (meatballs), gado-gado etc. And apart from the conventional drinks, they also have bubble tea!

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!

I loved the sour tamarind soup with its array of ingredients including corn, peanuts, kangkung, chayote, young jackfruit etc

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



  1. J2Kfm said

    realise there are a few Indon restaurants at Dataran Mentari Sunway there as well.

    and I thought Waroeng Penyet at The Curve is the only one. =P

    this looks promising, with the fiery sambal and all.

    epicuriousgirl says: i did spot one at Sunway but haven’t popped by there.

  2. mimi said

    Same as the one @ The Curve?

    epicuriousgirl says: nope, different owner. but i guess similar food.

  3. tried the curve that day…NOT nice 1…hope this is better..

    epicuriousgirl says: haven’t tried the curve one ler. will make a comparison when i do.

  4. jason said

    Yet to try any ayam penyet but from the look of it, it seems good.

    epicuriousgirl says: think of juicy fried chicken.

  5. whoa..my new found love – ayam penyet..will definitely try it out

    epicuriousgirl says: hehe, i enjoy it very much too. would have gone back to have more if only my colleagues wanted to. some of them can’t take spicy food, so too bad.

  6. wmw said

    I had a similar meal at Sunway Menteri, this place called Ria. The sambal is really great – hot stuff!

    epicuriousgirl says: yeah, i have seen it too but haven’t gone round to try it. thanks for reminding me though! 🙂

  7. gina said

    You sure know where to hunt for a good deal huh? I am very VERY interested in the chillis. Haha!

    epicuriousgirl says: actually, this one near office. AND they gave promo flyers upon their opening. Hard to miss ler. Hehe.

  8. adip said

    bos nk gne org kje x?

  9. adip said

    sya sowng je

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