What exactly is Nasi Ayam Penyet?
Nasi Ayam Penyet (smashed fried chicken) is an Indonesian cuisine, more precisely is an East Javanese cuisine.
What makes a good Nasi Ayam Penyet?
To me, a solid and power Nasi Ayam Penyet has to fulfil few factors; the succulent of the fried chicken meat with the crisp coating and the fried batter crispy bits have to be flavorful too (a must for me at least!), the sambal chilli, a nicely fried tempeh, beancurd (tau kwa) and importantly the chicken flavored rice with a bowl of savoury soup. These are the deadly concoction which cannot be compromised.
When one think of ayam penyet, immediately Ayam Penyet Ria at Lucky Plaza will surface in most instances. There are of cos many stalls selling ayam penyet which you can easily find one near you.
To me, the one stall that meets my stringent requirement above is none other than Nur Indah Kitchen at Bedok Food Centre. This is one stall that I will go to for my fix on ayam penyet.
I love the generous portion of the sambal chilli and the crispy bits batter. The chicken meat is succulent and tender, also not forgeting the accompaniment items, fried tempeh and beancurd that gives it the oomph….
Best part of all, the power flavored chicken rice is what makes the real difference. It is hard to find ayam penyet rice comes with flavored chicken rice as most ayam penyet stall provides for white rice. Quite a rare find in my opinion. I suppose diners are more skewed towards white rice from a healthy option perspective.
Last but not least, the simple yet tasty soup base with the fried shallots and cilantro provides for a complete ayam penyet dining experience.
If you have not experienced ayam penyet, I would strongly urge you to have a go at Nur Indah Kitchen to see what you have been missing out! 🏃♂️💨💨💨