Thursday, 17 October 2013
Johor Ayam Penyet at Penyet World Express in Taman Setia Tropika, Johor Bahru
Today, I found a good ayam penyet place in Setia Tropika thanks to the invite from JJ, one of the partners of Penyet World Express which serves delicious Indonesian street food in a simple yet comfortable setting.
Restaurant name: Penyet World Express
Address: 14, Jalan Tropika 1/1, Taman Setia Tropika, Johor Bahru
Hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm
Halal cert in process
Inside Penyet World Express (PWE), it is comfortable, air conditioned, clean and neat. I like the colour theme here because apple green is my favourite colour :) It's such a calming and cheerful colour.
Ayam Penyet Traditional RM8.90
My friends will tell you that I am a crazy fan of ayam penyet. I can have ayam penyet everyday for a week for lunch at my favourite stall in Singapore near my old office.
Ayam penyet is made by smacking the deep fried chicken during the last stage of the dish's preparation, hence the name ayam penyet which is "flattened chicken" in Indonesian.
At PWE, chicken is coated with a crispy golden brown batter that keeps the inside of the meat moist and tender. We can taste the chicken's sweet natural juices.
PWE's ayam penyet comes with the usual tempeh and raw crunchy vegetables which are very clean and fresh.
PWE's sambal chili really kicks butts. It's an interesting blend of spiciness but it is not overly sharp or hot. It is made with a combination different varieties of chili peppers blended together.
The rice is a key element of good ayam penyet and yet the dish is often let down by use of poorer quality rice that are starchy and stuck together in wet clumps. PWE uses quality long grain fragrant rice.
I really love PWE's ayam penyet. It is actually better than my old favourite in Singapore which I used to eat nearly everyday.
Sotong Penyet RM8.90
Sotong penyet is the second top seller at PWE. At PWE, we can choose to have either the traditional raw vegetables or potato wedges and fries to go with our main dish. For our sotong penyet, we opted for the fries and wedges.
Ikan Penyet RM7.90
Besides ayam penyet, I am a big fan of ikan penyet. PWE's ikan penyet is excellent. JJ told me that customers often finish everything on the plate, leaving only the fish's backbone. JJ said that even the head is often eaten :)
Actually, that doesn't surprise me at all as that is also how I eat my ikan penyet :) The fish is so crispy, it is like keropok.
Fried eggplant or brinjal. PWE's signature batter does magic with every ingredient. The fried eggplant is crunchy crispy outside and soft and savoury inside. It's like a pisang goreng made with eggplant. I like this.
Fried bakso (beef balls).
Whole spring chicken RM17.90
PWE's popular spring chicken.
Coconut Shake RM4.90
This coconut shake is a "must try". Made from fresh fragrant coconuts, the creamy cold refreshing drink goes very well with fried and spicy food.
Bandung Soda RM3
I like this Bandung soda which is a slightly fizzy drink with real pandan flavour.
If you have an Indonesian Tehbotol craving, you can get your fix here at RM2 a pack.
PWE is an excellent place for a simple yet delicious lunch or dinner.
Date visited: 17 Oct 2013