Ayam Penyet AP, an affordable restaurant serving the delicious and addictive Indonesian cuisine called Ayam Penyet, loosely translated to smashed fried chicken. It is a perfect alternative to the already over-mushroomed kopitiam franchises. Not only the quality is getting worse, portion is getting smaller and prices are always increasing. Imagine, after I finished my cuppa of iced white coffee, the cup is still filled with 3 quarter ice cubes. Daylight robbery.
Besides flattened chicken, beef and fish you would be glad to find other dishes like soup and barbecued meats. But you certainly won’t go wrong with AP’s signature dish – Ayam Penyet, priced at RM8. You could get a whole thigh or breastmeat, depending on your luck. I guess you could also specify the parts you want when ordering. Do note that steamed rice has to be ordered separately.
The Malaysian sambal is usually sweet, sometimes lacking in kick. But so far all the Ayam Penyet I had comes with some kick ass hot sambal that would make any avid spicy food eater’s eyes watery. Don’t play play. By the way, those crispy fritters are the bomb.
I would recommend trying the Lele Penyet (Cat Fish) though, a little bit cheaper @ RM6.50. Although it does not have much flesh, I find the fish to have a nicer flavor compared to chicken. Not to mention the more tender meat too.
The smashed fish/chicken are actually ordered from the Jawa Timur menu. From the Minang side is Ikan Keli Balado (Cat Fish with chili sauce topping) For those who might not be able to stand the sambal belacan’s spiciness, maybe this is for you because the spiciness is a lot milder.
If you are itching to try, they have 18 outlets across Malaysia. Hop on to their website to find out the nearest branch to you. Just FYI, this is the one and only branch in Penang at the moment.
Lot G85, Aeon Seberang Perai City Shopping Centre,
14000 Bandar Perda,
Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
GPS Co-ordinates: N5 22.180 E100 26.432