In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at least, the verdict is clear: Ayam Bakar Wong Solo @ Ampang is hands down THE BEST “Ayam Penyet” (literally: smashed chicken) in town
and everything else is a lie. However it is The Garden Nom’s obsession to find out if there are any other brands around that would be able to challenge, or at the very least provide a decent alternative when the cravings arise.
Bored of the usual eateries around The Strand, Kota Damansara, the gNOMes chanced upon an interesting shop. Being Ayam Penyet fans, the gNOMes did the usual check:
- Shop frontage – Fairly bright and not shady looking
- Crowd – Sufficient enough to show signs of a good place
- Menu – Not displayed outside but doesn’t look too pricey!
- Foursquare place – No bad reviews, some positive ones
Stepped in and ordered 2 different meals. One of the usual, and the other a recommendation on Foursquare.
Ayam Penyet Set:
- The chicken “kremes“ (crispy topping) on the chicken is alright.
- The chicken is alright, but just lacks that freshness.
- The tofu and “tempeh” (fermented soy beans) are pretty decent, but not an improvement over any other ones we’ve tasted.
- The “sambal“ (hot & spicy blend of spices) however, has an interesting roasted taste and is very spicy. Would be a really excellent Nasi Lemak condiment, though.
Ayam Belado Set:
- The chicken lacks freshness.
- The “sambal“ has a sweet taste to it, is numbingly-spicy… our favorite sensation!
While the “sambal” actually manages to successfully paper over the cracks in the meal, the real spoiler comes from a rather unexpected source.
The rice was actually hard and really giving away the fact that it was (in fact) kept overnight. To simply put it, when you mix two un-fresh foods together… Let’s just say two wrongs DO NOT make a right!
Overall, the gNOMes would not really recommend going there. But if you are really craving for some ayam penyet, do yourself a favor and make that drive down to Ampang, where you will find a really hearty meal that you will not forget in a while 🙂
That being said, the “sambal” in the ayam penyet is a winning formula and we would definitely use that if we ever decide to start up a Nasi Lemak stall.
The price for a typical set: RM 8.90 for the chicken, RM 1.50 for the rice (OMG!), 5% service charge – The price in the menu DOES NOT include rice.
DISCLAIMER: AYAM PENYET IS ORIGINALLY AN INDONESIAN CUISINE. THE VIEW IN THIS POST IS PURELY FROM A GENERAL MALAYSIAN POINT-OF-VIEW AND MAY DEFER FROM THAT OF INDONESIANS. THE GARDEN NOM DOES NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY “INCONVENIENCES” SUFFERED DURING THE CONSUMPTION OF “SAMBAL”. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!