Being lovers of all things fried and spicy, it’s really no surprise Singaporeans have taken an instant liking to the Indonesian ayam penyet. Not to mention how it bears certain similarities to perennially popular Hainanese chicken rice but laced with a fiery Indonesian attitude — a formula for predictable success here.
As it usually is with all popular dishes, ayam penyet stalls have been popping up en masse all over Singapore, and we find it our imperative to sift out the best from the dry and tasteless ones.
We love that the one at Sri Bistari Changi Village makes the cut with us. Despite the unavoidable queue that trademarks all popular Singaporean food stalls, the fragrant and fluffy (though we’re guessing hardly authentically Indonesian) Hainanese chicken rice, the accompanying MSG-yummy soup and stinging sweet sambal chilli made us most happy in the belly indeed. The chicken was wonderfully tender and well-seasoned, and tasted even better with a heap of the spicy but flavorful sambal chilli.
Just don’t try this without stocking up a good round of iced drinks and tissues at your table. Things could get ugly.
As told to Elizabeth Low