Sunday, March 05, 2006
Ayam Penyet Ria Smashed Fried Chicken
I'm not a huge fan of Indonesian food, but something about a sign on Orchard Road piqued my curiosity: "Smashed Fried Chicken." "What the heck is Smashed Fried Chicken??," I thought. Today, I gave this place a shot to find out what it was.
Ayam Penyet Ria appears to be a franchise from Indonesia, with locations in Jakarta, Medan, Batam, and Surabaya. In Singapore, they are located at Lucky Plaza #04-25 (6235-7385), and the place seemed to be packed with Indonesians today, so presumably that means this place is relatively authentic. They had quite a bit on the menu that I wanted to try, be it soto ayam, tahu tempe, or sop buntut. But I stuck to the namesake item, ayam penyet.
This pretty much turned out to be what it sounded like: fried chicken that was apparently smashed with a sledgehammer (or something like that...maybe it was a rubber mallet) before serving. I'm pretty sure that it did not have any effect on the taste, but it sure did make it a lot easier to eat, seeing that the chicken was already separated into pieces that one could easily pry apart with a fork (as opposed to the Colonel's "Finger Lickin'"). The chili sauce was blazing hot (but not surprisingly, also a bit sweet), and they even sprinkled on some little crunchy bits of batter or something for extra texture. There were a couple other fried bits (one was tofu, I think?) and some veggies and rice to go with it. I also got a glass of teh botol Sosro, which is apparently some hugely popular drink in Indonesia; it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be, thus becoming rather nice and refreshing.
Anyway, this was alright (I definitely prefer Colonel Sanders, but this wasn't as bad as it could have been). I still won't get cravings for Indonesian food, but I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at how much I was able to bear this. My opinion of Indonesian food is improving with every meal.
Digested at 1:29 PM
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