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Ayam Penyet President @ Kallang Wave
Ayam Penyet President is a chain of Halal-certified casual dining restaurants serving Indonesian cuisine. Started in Orchard Lucky Plaza and now expanded to the suburban areas, over the years building up the fame through their specialities in Chicken and Beef dishes. They do have seafood, salad & vegetables, soups, sides and Desserts on the menu as well.
We visited the Ayam Penyet President branch at the new Sports Hub over one of the weekends, most of the restaurants were packed and waiting time could be tormenting to the already growling stomachs, our two lovely teens like the monkeys twirling from one end to the other end hankering for a place to pacify the hunger mind and finally settled down for the shortest queue.
Smashed Fried Chicken (Ayam Penyet) $6.80
From the moment we placed the order till the food delivered on our table, the processing was in the lightning speed and practically no waiting time at all !! Excuse me…it seems to us food already lining up in the kitchen, ready and just scooped and served. Yes… we are right, most of the dishes were cold and likely pre-prepared and standby in the kitchen waiting for the orders. They were efficient but looks like at the expense of the quality…..
Smashed Fried Chicken or Ayam Penyet is one of their signatures and naturally on our order list, the smashed fried chicken was deep fried to be crispy on the outside but the tenderness and juiciness (ok.. Ayam Penyet suppose not too be that juicy) were somehow lacking. The dish was served with tofu, tempeh, crispy bits, and signature chilli paste which is fiercely hot and not for those low tolerable for chili!
Grilled Chicken (Ayam Bakar) $6.80
Grilled Chicken served with the grilled tofu, tempeh and cut chili in black sauce, grilled chicken was naturally more tender than the deep fried Ayam Penyet, the grilled chicken was seasoned and coated with some sweet sauce that give rise to a hint of sweetness. The taste was fine but not exceptional.
Beef Rendang $7.50
The beef rending from Ayam Penyet President was voted one of the dishes to win the Ã¢â‚¬ËœWorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 50 Most Delicious Foods (ReadersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Pick)Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ list in 2011. Well, not bad indeed the overall taste with the robust flavour from the rich spices and the tenderness of the beef chunks, seriously, this is probably the best dish of the dinner and the recommended dish from here.
Gado Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Gado $5.90
Steamed vegetables, egg, rice cake served with prepared peanut sauce dressing and onion crackers. Reasonable standard but don’t expect too much of the excitement.
Kangkong Belachan $5.90
We will not order this dish if not because of our son who is a die-hard fan of Sambal KangKong, sure enough, he practically gobbled down everything on the plate. Taste wide just ordinary and nothing to shout about.
Tahu Telor $6.50
Indonesian style bean curd omelette garnished with bean sprout, sliced carrot and sliced cucumber served with peanut sauce. The Tahu Telor was quite pleasant to the tastebuds with its slight crisp on the Tahu skin but soft internally.
Fried Rice A La President $6.50
Another signature dish on the menu that served with fried egg, prawn crackers, tomato, and cucumber. You have the choice of spicy level and we went for the highest level which was deeply regrettable though my son loves it with an tearing eyes.
Ayam Penyet President Verdict :
The price may seems to be reasonable but warn you the serving size was miserably small, my daughter JiaQi had no intention to go with rice at first but changed her mind in the end after finding the portions of the dishes can’t crank up her 100cc engine. What Is good in the end? We will recommend the Beef Randang and perhaps the Tahu Telor, the rest of the dishes are just good to be the supplement.
Ayam Penyet President Details :
- Orchard Lucky Plaza #03-36/37, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863. Tel 6735.1262. Next to Orchard MRT Station.
- Serangoon Central NEX #B1-13/14, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083. Tel 6634.8165. Above Serangoon MRT Station.
- Tampines Century Square #B1-27, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509. Tel 6781.9359. Next to Tampines MRT Station
- Sports Hub Kallang Wave #01-23, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628. Tel 6384.6356. Next to Stadium MRT Station
Operating Hours: Weekdays: 11.30am to 9.30pm Weekends: 11.00am to 9.30pm (Last order at 9.00pm)
Website : https://ayampresident.com/