We’ve sussed out the most smashing ayam penyet spots in Singapore.
There are many variations of the humble chicken rice in Singapore. One of our favourites is ayam penyet, a multi-textured and flavour-packed Indonesian dish. We’re talking specially prepared fried chicken that’s smashed till tender, spicy sambal belacan, and all other goodies. Hungry yet? We’ve listed down the best places in Singapore serving a filling plate of ayam penyet. Let’s makan!
Best places for ayam penyet in Singapore
1. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
Okay, hear us out. Even though this restaurant is famed for its crispy duck, you shouldn’t turn a blind to the ayam penyet. Each juicy chicken is marinated in a savoury blend of secret spices before being deep fried to perfection. There are five spiciness levels to choose from, so you can go easy on your tongue with the sweet option or go all the way with the picante sauce.
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut, multiple locations including Orchard and Jurong
If you can handle the heat, you’re going to love D’Penyetz. This halal restaurant imports its chilli from Indonesia, which is probably why it has up to seven levels of spiciness. Heed the fiery warnings if you don’t want to burn your tongue! Instant noodle fans should get the Indomie goreng ayam penyet, a fascinating fusion offering that’s exclusively available here.
D’Penyetz, multiple locations including Paya Lebar and Alexandra
3. Nasi Putih Ayam Penyet
A cardinal rule everyone in Singapore abides by is if there’s a long queue, that usually means the place is good. This ayam penyet stall tends to draw a snaking line, particularly during lunchtime, so you know what that means. Each serving is replete with so much flavour that you’ll gobble everything down in a flash. A typical plate of ayam penyet comes with white rice, though you can swap that for fried rice if you prefer.
Nasi Putih Ayam Penyet, #01-26, ABC Brickworks Market and Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150006
4. Dapur Penyet
It doesn’t matter if you’re craving ayam penyet for lunch or dinner – Dapur Penyet welcomes you to its restaurant anytime. The food joint is all about offering top quality food at reasonable prices. Diners can look forward to crispy yet juicy chicken and a fresh serving of sliced cucumbers and cabbage. If you’re looking to add sides to your order, the satay comes highly recommended.
Dapur Penyet, multiple locations including Orchard and Geylang
5. Impian Wahyu
Tucked away in Crawford Lane is this nondescript food stall that dishes out authentic Indonesian cuisine. Its menu is extensive, but of course, for the sake of this article, we zeroed in on the ayam penyet. We’re told the chicken is boiled in broth for a period of time before being deep fried. This explains why the skin is savoury and crispy while the meat is soft and tender.
Impian Wahyu, #01-29, 462 Crawford Lane, Singapore 190462
6. Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal
Amoy Street is a treasure trove of food spots and one that constantly sees high traffic is Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal. Each serving is packed with all the good stuff. Expect golden-fried smashed chicken, flavoursome soup, a good amount of sambal belacan, and rice topped with a pinch of serunding (spiced grated coconut). Once you’ve sampled Rayyan’s offering, you’ll never go back to other stalls.
Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal, #02-86, Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
7. Ayam Penyet President
This halal-certified casual dining chain can be considered a presidential candidate for one of Singapore’s best ayam penyet. Crispy fried chicken, fried beancurd, tempeh (fermented soybean cake), and signature chilli paste – tummy-pleasing goodness all in one plate. Not keen on getting out of the house to grab your order? Just a few taps on your favourite delivery service, and ayam penyet will be delivered to your home in no time.
Ayam Penyet President, multiple locations including Tampines and Hougang
8. Ayam Penyet Ria
Ask anyone in Singapore about ayam penyet, and they’ll most likely suggest this restaurant. Pioneering the ayam penyet trend here, you can get an authentic plate at this popular eatery as it’s made using marinades and spices imported directly from Indonesia. What makes it a winner is definitely the spicy yet addictive chilli. You’ll find it hard not to submerge the satiating chicken meat into the sambal!
Ayam Penyet Ria, multiple locations including Bugis and Sembawang
9. Sri Bistari Changi Village Famous Ayam Penyet
We’ve heard nothing but good things about this ayam penyet chain. What keeps us going back for more is the moreish sambal belacan, which perfectly complements the rice and smashed fried chicken. Punchy and dangerously spicy are a few plus points about the chilli that makes it totally appetising. Pro tip: have a glass of iced milk tea and a few packets of tissue just in case you get a runny nose or teary-eyed.
Sri Bistari Changi Village Famous Ayam Penyet, multiple locations including Changi and Bedok Reservoir
10. Super Penyet
Staying in Yishun? Lucky you, ‘cos there’s a modest-looking ayam penyet stall at Chong Pang Food Centre offering a scrumptious plate of ayam penyet. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not give its nasi goreng ayam penyet a try? Instead of having the succulent smashed fried chicken with plain white rice, you can enjoy it with a flavour-packed plate of fried rice. Delish!
Super Penyet, #01-170, Chong Pang Food Centre, 105 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760105
11. Nur Indah Kitchen
Voracious eaters, this one’s for you. Rack up an appetite, as Nur Indah Kitchen is known for dishing out a huge serving of ayam penyet at an affordable price. No pocket-sized chicken cuts here, just big chunks of juicy, tender smashed fried chicken for you to relish delightfully. Also, the chicken is accompanied with a big plate of, not just plain white rice, but soft, flavourful rice cooked with chicken stock. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Nur Indah Kitchen, Stall 7, Bedok Food Centre, 1 Bedok Road, Singapore 469572
Go on and enjoy a smashing plate of ayam penyet in Singapore.