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Ayam Penyet – Any different from Nasi Ayam?
By Alfred August 20, 2009
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Ayam Penyet – Any different from Nasi Ayam?
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Ayam Penyet
Indonesian Cuisine
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Bedok Food Centre(Bedok Corner)
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Ayam Penyet is one of those food that seems to be getting popular nowadays. Considering the fact that few years back, no one in Singapore would have heard of it, it is quite a feat when we think about how it is flooding our market at the moment. I think it’s quite comparable to the Bubble Tea or Taiwanese Xiang Ji Pai craze. But yet while the interest of those 2 foods wear off after a while, this Indonesian dish I reckon will still be around for quite some time because it is a main dish, agree?

I remember when I was first introduced to Ayam Penyet, I was left thinking “What’s the difference between this and Nasi Ayam?” To me it is almost the same thing. From the rice to the chicken to the cucumbers to the soup. After eating it, it is indeed Nasi Ayam though it did came on some kind of wooden plate with noticeable more chili but that’s about it, what do you guys think?

I did mentioned that while touring Jakarta, Bali and Bandung few months back, I did not come across a single Ayam Penyet stall there and the closest thing was something called the Ayam Kremes. And the other interesting thing is that the Ayam Goreng(fried chicken) that I ate there came with the crispy bits that we see in Ayam Penyet here. So that seriously left me wondered whether is this Ayam Penyet a real thing or some kind of food that’s invented or tweaked to serve the local taste. I’m sure if you guys been to European countries and saw the Asian food there, you would had a good laugh about it. So whenever I see a Ayam Penyet, half my thoughts were also imagining Indonesians coming here and having a good laugh over it. Well if you don’t believe me, try google for Ayam Penyet and see whether will you or will you not land on Singapore blogs and websites.

Penyet is seriously the right name to use for whatever flatten food they’re trying to sell. For those who don’t know, Penyet means ‘Flatted’. Yet at the same time ‘PENYET’ does sound like ‘BIAN YE!’ which is also mean ‘FLATTED’ in Mandarin. Now if this name was newly invented by any Indonesian guy because they want to make us pay for Indonesian’s brand of flatted food, then he has absolutely got it right!

Indonesian 8 is a stall selling Indonesian food at Bedok Food Centre(Bedok Corner). I was told by a good friend that this is a rather famous Indonesian stall and their Satay Power is to die for though on this occasion I had the Ayam Penyet. Not impressed by my past experiences of eating Ayam Penyet elsewhere, I wanted to see how far better it can gets.

Ayam Penyet with ikan keropok on top.

Soup with rice.

The power sambal chili with tofu and tempeh at the back.

It arrived in style with Ikan keropok covering all over the wooden plate. I thought the chicken didn’t looked very appetising but it tasted a lot better. The goreng was good and wasn’t very ‘herby’ unlike those I’ve had in Indonesia and it was extremely crispy because it went into the deep fryer again before being flatten. Beneath the chicken and the keropok was sambal chili which was one of the best I’ve had. And what surprisingly greeted me was 2 pieces of freshly fried Tofu and a big piece of Tempeh(fermented soybeans in cake form) which provided a timely distraction from the chicken and keropok. The soup that came with it was equally good. It had a strong Ayam Soto flavour and went really well with the rice which had a whiff of the coconut milk. All of that for $3.80, it definitely went up a notch for me compared to my past Ayam Penyet makan experiences.

Price: $3.80

Recommendation: Ayam Penyet

Conclusion: The authenticity is there with the tempeh, tofu and keropok as evidence. It’s very similar to how Ayam Kremes are being served in Jakarta.

Likes: Authentic flavour.

Dislikes: Wish the chicken can be that little more juicy though I must admit that it’s much better than those chicken that I’ve eaten in Jakarta.

Address Overall Rating

Indonesian 8
Stall no 8
Bedok Food Centre
Bedok Corner 469572

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Readers' Comment(s) : 24
Jasmine Tan says:

Nasi ayam is chicken rice whereas Ayam Penyet means smashed fried chicken rice.
There’s a stall in a Jurong East coffeeshop, near where I work. I will have this Ayam Penyet once in a blue moon. The chilli is usually spicy as it contains many chilli seeds.

Posted August 20, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

** ADD ***
There’s a difference in rice.
The rice in Nasi Ayam smells like Hainanese chicken rice whereas the rice in Ayam Penyet is actually white rice.

Posted August 20, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

Finally I find the link.

The stall is located at :
Jurong Cafe Foodcourt
Blk 134, #01-309
Jurong East St 13

Posted August 20, 2009
Edge says:

Ayam Penyet has almost a 1/4 of a chicken and is more crispy and is flat while nasi ayam only has a few pieces of chopped chicken pieces.

Posted August 20, 2009
Angel says:

Ayam penyet in SG not original version. Anyhow made.

Posted August 20, 2009
Bugger says:

Ayam Penyet serves with nasi putih aka white rice. Usually the chicken is a bit dry and it is also marinated in special way which is different from normal ayam goreng.

Posted August 20, 2009
Weili says:

It is called ayam penyet because the chicken look like it got run over by cars.

Posted August 20, 2009
Resuree says:

Ayam Penyet uses spring chicken and is smached with mallet so it’s easier to eat. Nasi ayam uses old chicken and you can’t smash it cuz the bones are too tough 🙂

Posted August 20, 2009
Vasu says:

Ayam Penyet = Nasi Ayam + Nasi Ulam.

Ulam is a Java word and it means herbs or vegetables and Nasi Ulam means rice with many vareities of vegetables.

In Ayam Penyet, you get a lot more vegi than a Nasi Ayam. You get lettuce and cherry tomato too in some cases. The sambal used should be the same.

If you go to indo, try Nasi Ulam and you will know what i mean.

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

I see, is that stall good?

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

Well mine came with oily rice this time…strange.

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

That is a famous one right? I heard of it…was it good? Take some photos next time:P

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

Don think my ayam penyet had 1/4 of a chicken. More like 1/6. Malay chicken rice normally has big chunks of meat too but yes you are right that they are chopped ones.

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

Yeah the original one isn’t even called Ayam Penyet….

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

I agree the chicken is a little dry…

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

I see, it does make sense since the chicken wings I had from AYam Penyet are usually quite small.

Posted August 20, 2009
Alfred says:

That’s interesting piece of info. Thanks.

Posted August 20, 2009
Rebecca says:

wow the chili looks good!

Posted August 21, 2009
Derrick says:

Bedok corner is one of my fav place to eat. This market has the famous cheng tng which always has long queues…should try.

Posted August 21, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

Not bad….

Posted August 21, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

Sure. Will probably try next week during Ramadan time since I expect I no need to Q up. 😛

Posted August 21, 2009
Alfred says:

It was quite good… 8/10 for me.

Posted August 21, 2009
Alfred says:

Tried the cheng tng….quite normal. Didn’t understand the queue….There are many good food there… one popular wanton mee there and I saw an interesting Kambing soup that was served on a bowl made from opeh leaf!

Posted August 21, 2009
Derrick says:

Ingredients used are top ingredeints. The wanton mee is just beside the cheng tng, uses some kind of black sauce i don’t like too but long queues also.

Posted August 23, 2009
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