Friday, 20 June 2014
Warung Top 10 Ayam Penyet and Ais Buah in Johor Bahru, Kampung Pasir Putih
Food hunt today is at rustic Kampung Pasir Putih (at Pasir Gudang). Our usual method of asking around didn't work well this round as our first ayam penyet stop turned out to be not blog worthy.
Undaunted, we asked the locals again and was pointed to Warung Top 10 for their ayam penyet.
Warung Top 10 is a typical street side stall with simple furniture like folding tables and plastic chairs. The warung is very clean but a little hot under the heat radiating zinc roof.
Warung Top 10 serves Indonesian street food. It has an Indonesian ambiance with the TV tuned to SCTV (a popular Indonesian TV channel).
Warung Top 10 is popular with residents and workers from Pasir Gudang industrial park. Lunch time is especially busy with many customers in factory uniforms and bright overalls.
We ordered the basic ayam penyet set as our stomachs were already half full from the previous failed tasting session at another restaurant nearby.
The golden brown ayam penyet came dry as a bone on the signature shallow wooden plate.
When I asked my Indonesian friends what is considered a good ayam penyet, some told me that they like it crisp outside but moist inside. Others told me they prefer it crisp and dry throughout.
The style of ayam penyet at Warung Top 10 is crisp outside and dry inside. So, Warung Top 10 hits the spot for people who like their ayam penyet crisp and dry.
Whether they are from the dry or moist camp, all the people I asked agreed that the sambal chili makes or break an ayam penyet dish. The sambal must be pulpy and have layers of spiciness by blending together different types of chili.
Warung Top 10 scored high in the sambal chili department. Their sambal's texture and spiciness were spot on.
There was also a small plastic tub of a different type of sambal chili on every table. This was sharper and hotter than the sambal chili that come with the ayam penyet. This extra spicy sambal really spiked up the flavour of the somewhat bland tasting, slightly leathery chicken meat.
The small bowl of soup was pretty nice tasting with a balance of savoury and slight tangy flavours. I also found this soup very useful in balancing the dryness of the chicken meat and rice.
When I looked across at the other tables, I noticed many people having this interesting looking dessert with their ayam penyet. I hopped over and asked one of the customers "what is this"?
This is ais buah (or fruits with ice).
I have never seen this dessert before. So, I had to have one :D
Ais buah is a mix of cut fresh tropical fruits served in a bowl of slightly milky syrup and lots of chunky crushed ice. There were pieces of water melon, rock melon, jack fruit, papaya, pineapple, grapes and atap seeds. There were also many tiny bits of jelly.
Refreshingly crunchy and not overly sweet, Warung Top 10's refreshing ais buah is a Must Try.
Perfect healthy, delicious dessert for scorching days.
Our total bill for the ayam penyet and ais buah came to RM9.50.
Warung Top 10's dessert station.
If you are a crispy and dry ayam penyet fan, Warung Top 10 is worth a try.
(Further down the road, just 5 minutes drive away are the famous Rahmat fried siakap and Abu soto.)
Restaurant name: Warung Top 10
Address: Jalan Pengkalah 10, Taman Pasir Emas, Pasir Gudang, Johor
Hours: 9:30am to 7:30pm (Closed on Sunday)
Date visited: 19 Jun 2014
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