Wong Solo is one of my favorite Indonesian restaurants in Klang Valley and you could find their outlets in major townships easily. For those who eat Indonesian food on a regular basis you will find their menu nothing surprising and comprises many common and traditional Indonesian dishes. I have tried their Penyet stuff before which is not bad but Wong Solo is also famous for their signature Ayam/Ikan Bakar.
They use ‘ayam kampung’ for their Ayam Bakar and it tastes very close to the normal barbecued chicken but a lot better – more tender and the taste leans towards sweetness because of the dark soya sauce marinade. Although I liked the Ayam Bakar, I am not too happy with the portioning. For RM6.90 at a normal establishment like this, I would have expected a larger portion. Seriously this is not even enough for 1 pax to go with rice.
Anyway, two condiments are readily available on each table – one thick, spicy and sweet soya sauce while the other (sambal ulek) is extremely spicy. And when I say extreme I really mean it, one small dip packs a big punch.
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.
To be honest, I haven’t tried a lot of Indonesian food but I can vouch my love for Ayam Penyet, this wonderful traditional dish that originates from Subaraya. Smashed fried chicken served with rice and spicy hot sambal, so simple yet so additively delicious.
Not too far away from Tampines at Changi Village is Sri Bistari Famous Nasi Ayam Penyet. Conveniently there was a direct bus to the food court where this stall was located at, so I decided to try it one weekend after surveying for good food around my area. Traveling too far for food does take its toll on you in the long run, especially when you are taking the public transport.
For $4.50 the serving is pretty standard consisting of a piece of smashed fried chicken, a generous dollop of sambal and the usual Indonesian salad of lettuce, cabbage, cucumber and cherry tomato. Tempe (deep fried fermented bean paste) was not to be found though.
I liked that a whole chicken leg was given because the typical portion of Ayam Penyet usually comes with very small piece of chicken, leaving you with plenty of rice in the end.