Waroeng Penyet @ Marine Parade (Food)

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Simply said, this is Indonesia’s answer to KFC. While Ayam Penyet (Flattened Fried Chicken) hasn’t exactly taken Singapore by stomp, it has increasingly gained popularity over the last two years.

The word "Waroeng" means a traditional hut in Indonesia that serve reasonably priced food, while "Penyet" means flattened.

You may find this little shop located at Marina Parade Central rather similar to Ayam Penyet Ria at Lucky Plaza. They were previous co-owners, but different directions and targeted markets made the young boss Edy Ongkowijaya venture on his own. While the Lucky Plaza eatery mainly appeals to families, Waroeng Penyet is obviously attracting the younger crowd with its red/green interiors, cutesy chicken logo, colourful menus and young staff.

The Ayam Penyet (S$5.50 with rice not included) served in baskets, has a generous portion of chicken fried in crunchy batter with fried tempe and tofu on the side. The flattening makes the chicken more manageable to eat, and surprisingly dry. The loosen meat from the bones actually makes it a non-oily affair as it becomes possible to eat chicken without using hands.

The highlight is the sambal chili which is available in hot and mild versions. The faint-hearted may just find it too much to handle, while the chilli lover in me has an upsurge of adrenalin after the blast of spice.

They also serve other forms of ‘penyet’ such as Empat (beef), Bawal (pomfret), Udang (fried prawn), Lele (catfish) and Baskso Goreng (fried beef balls) with prices being very affordable at $4.50 to $6.00.

The other yummies served include Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken), Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay), Soto Ayam (Javanese chicken soto) and Gulai Ayam (Infonesian chicken curry).

My personal favourite is the Sate Ayam which has a different texture and peanut paste from the regular satays we are used to. The difference is that the grilled meat sprinkled with fried shallots more succulent and tender, and the sauce smoother and less spiced.

End off your meal with Iced Cendol ($2.50) or Avocado Juice ($3.00), a green, sweet and thick creamy drink which has high nutritional worth due to its rich vitamin 86 and carotene.

The owner Edy has just reached 30, but has 4 shops under his belt since he opened this first branch in 2007. He is full of smiles, life and potential, just like Waroeng Penyet which looks set to expand beyond.

Overall: 4.0/5
Food: 4/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 5/5

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