Not exactly a violence against chicken episode but after hearing good things first from my Malay army friends, then my American-Indonesian Chinese scientist friend and just yesterday, my Indonesian Muslim neighbours, I had to get to Ayam Penyet Ria. And where better (and nearer my home) than their new branch at the newly-opened Bedok Point.
I saw Smashed Beef Balls on the menu but this cow is against indignant treatment against the male bovine species...moohahaha. Next please!
Ayam Penyet + Nasi ($6.50)- a pretty complete meal! Ayam Penyet literally means smashed chicken and refers to fried chicken that is flattened/smashed, usually with a mallet. The meal here had crispy fried chicken with a kick-ass sambal chilli that was potent and sadistically delicious. Also on the sides were kangkong, raw cabbage and cucumber, fried taukwa and tempeh (fermented soybeans). Served with white rice to cushion some of the sambal's heat.
We also ordered the Sup Buntut + Nasi ($6). An Indonesian oxtail soup, this had lovely flavour of beef bones and aromatic spices but was unfortunately a tad on the salty side and felt like it had a sachet of instant noodle seasoning powder (read MSG) added in. Thankfully, there wasn't that nasty throat feeling from MSG overdose. I enjoyed the tender and tasty meat of the oxtail and felt that the best thing in this bowl was the humble potato. Cooked just right (neither too hard nor mushy), the small pieces of spuds had an amazing flavour! Sort of natural starchy sweetness infused with the beef broth and spices.
To cool off the sambal's spiciness and even fight off hot weather, Es Cendol ($3.50) is a perfect dessert. Crushed ice with coconut milk, rich gula melaka and chendol (the green worm-like jelly) were balanced in flavour and intensity.
Ayam Penyet Ria
Bedok Point (other outlets available)
Tel: 6441 0025
Chew On This: The Es Chendol here does not contain red beans (but please do not start writing to the Straits Times forum) unlike many versions of Chendol sold locally. It's apparently Indonesian style which means sans red beans but with the addition of small bits of jackfruit!