It has been awhile since I had Indonesian food, and honestly speaking, I haven’t had rice in a long time. So I went ahead with this delectable chicken meal. With what’s called the “penyet”, meaning flattened is the concept of this authentic Indonesian cuisine. If you look at the menu, it’s everything, followed by ‘penyet’. So ayam penyet literary means smashed chicken. So what they do is, they kind of hammer and lightly smashed the chicken a little bit so the meat is very loose when you tear it. It is fried in a way where there is lots of crunchy deep fried flour, one that tastes rather similar like the Japanese tempura flour.
The complete combo penyet set meal comes with white rice, soup, penyet meet balls, penyet egg, penyet tofu, tempeh, penyet chicken and penyet beef. Served with raw cabbage, cucumber and Indonesian chili paste, the penyet sambal.
If you only want the chicken without the rice, then the famous ala carte ayam penyet is what you should order.
I was told that the proper way Indonesians eat this is with some dark soy sauce. I thought it added some sweetness to the dish.
Not to mention how I adore the sambal which went so well with my favourite tempeh and the raw cabbage. With the Korean and Peranakan tongue that I have, the sambal really impresses me with the fiery hot and piquant sensation.
Next I add on the terong penyet, ie fried brinjal, which serves with penyet tofu, tempeh, as well as the raw cabbage, cucumber and the penyet sambal.
And I must point out how much I love the tempeh. It was so fine and soft in texture, with a sapid fragrant form the smooth fermented beans.
Also try the Sup Sayur Asam , supposedly sour but I thought it was rather sweet. A bit dulcified, with slight sour-ish spicy. Lots of vegetable, corn and potato.
Here they even have authentic Indonesian beverages. We had Ice syrup Bandung and the botol sosro, which somewhat taste like English tea, with slight sugar. As for the Ice syrup Bandung, it was really weird. I took a sip and I couldn’t proceed with another. I’m not sure if that’s how its supposed to taste like, or did something went wrong that day. I have had syrupBandung from local mamak stalls and any mamak stall can beat this flat.
Try the chicken the next time you visit Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, as it is located on LG 2.85 in the Marrakesh (blue atrium). Call them at 03-56315624 or check them out on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ayam-Penyet-Sunway-Pyramid/161864620518972 .Check out more photos and updates in Foodeverywhere’s facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/foodeverywhere.sy