When it comes to Indonesian food, none is more famous than Ayam Penyet, essentially a flattened deep fried chicken served with tempeh (made from fermented soya bean), tofu, and that oh-so-addictive freshly made sambal.
The ayam penyet at Waroeng Penyet is very good but Ayam Penyet Mak Maya in Kampung Baru, is the current favourite.
The stall is located directly opposite another favourite ie the Nasi Padang restaurant. The restaurant itself is a bit of a time capsule from the 80s, with plastic chairs and laminated tables.
What sets Ayam Penyet Mak Maya apart from other such stalls is their sambal. The sambal is prepared “fresh” on the spot by grinding fresh ingredients into a thick paste that is spicy, aromatic, and pure.
Other than ayam penyet (chicken), they also have ikan kembung (Indian Mackerel), and ikan keli (catfish) deep-fried in the same style.
These are served with deep-fried tauhu, tempeh, and a slice of raw cucumber and cabbage that make an excellent pairing with plain rice.
The sambal of course ties everything together to make a super satisfying meal.
If you want a good meal of ayam penyet in the heart of KL city, this is one to check out before Kampung Baru is eventually redeveloped.
Ayam Penyet Mak Maya
58, Jalan Raja Muda Mus
50300 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.164533, 101.708807
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Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at KYspeaks.com.