Ayam Penyet Ria @ Lucky Plaza

Nasi Ayam and I go way back. Before KFC or MacDonald’s became halal, I would think that Nasi Ayam were the two most commonly used Malay words when I was young, aside from ape-ape and main bawah.

(On a related side note, I, like Kakak, had always thought that ape-ape was a commonly used Malay word used to denote snacks, titbits and ice-cream – these are things that Ayah would always buy on his way back home from work for Abang, Kakak and I. It was only when I was much older when I realised that ape-ape only means anything, especially when used in this sentence “Ayah ade beli ape-ape?” or “Ayah did you buy anything?”. BUT ape-ape to me will always mean Twisties, Super Ring or Walls Ice Cream. :D)

So when Nasi Ayam Penyet made its appearance in Singapore, I knew that I had to find the best one in Singapore! I have always heard that you can find the truly authentic Nasi Ayam Penyet in Lucky Plaza. Unfortunately, no one told me exactly which stall served the truly authentic one. Since Andee and I were already quite hungry by the time we arrived in Lucky Plaza, once we found Ayam Penyet Ria on Level 4, we decided to give the place a try.

Nasi Ayam Penyet

The sambal I must say is simply FANTASTIC! It was so spicy, yet sweet and a little tangy – just the way I like it! I had a copious amount of sambal simply because Andee absolutely abhors all things spicy and surrendered all the delicious sambal to happy me! 😀 

Being a devout omnivore, I loved the fact that the dish had ulam or fresh/blanched vegetables. This is always lacking in the fake Nasi Ayam Penyet which only has rice and chicken which is “penyet”-ed. The chicken was also large and crispy! However, eating soggy tempe and tahu simply did not cut it, after paying $6.50 for a meal that was already astronomically higher than the traditional Nasi Ayam. It is definitely authentic, but I do believe that there are better Nasi Ayam Penyet out there. Where are you O Nasi Ayam Penyet?

Happy Soda & Teh Botol Sosro

To finish off our Indonesian Meal, Andee and I decided to order truly authentic Indonesia drinks! Andee was so amused by the name Happy Soda that he decided to order it, whereas I decided to order Teh Botol Sosro. Basically, Happy Soda tasted like Carbonated Bandung (On the left) and Teh Botol Sosro tasted like Herbal Tea (On the right). I must confess that Teh Botol Sosro did successfully manage to alleviate the after effects of the spicy sambal on my taste buds, although it wasn’t spectacular. 

I was under the impression that eating something like this would be a fiscally prudent choice (since as you may have read, I am in dire financial straits! ARGH!) but sadly I was mistaken. Is it even possible now to have a cheap halal meal (something with rice) in Orchard Road, ever since they closed the Stanford Food Stall on the top level of Lido? :S

Ayam Penyet Ria seems to be quite popular though, since it was almost packed with people during the Monday lunch traffic and had two outlets within Lucky Plaza itself. If you really want to try authentic Nasi Ayam Penyet in Orchard Road, this is the place to go.


Ayam Penyet Ria

Lucky Plaza, #04-25/26/27

and #01-45/46/47

Tel: +65 6235 6390


11 Responses to Ayam Penyet Ria @ Lucky Plaza

  1. ~fatma says:

    i love happy soda! 😀 i think it is cherryade and condensed milk? shall try it one day haha
    anyway, there is cheap nasi ayam at far east…level 5 i think..near the escalator (: think it is 3plus or 4 bucks?
    the nasi ayam penyet near bugis is not bad too..it is in the building just before shaw (the one with sofra) u can see the sign/poster outside..you cant miss it!
    and i think es teler’s chicken set is less than 6.50 also? maybe 5bucks..and their happy soda is nice! and their banana chocolate thingy is yummy as well!
    *darn i am sounding like a food directory/dictionary*

  2. ~fatma says:

    oh and the nasi ayam penyet at changi village is nice too!

  3. Libertas says:

    That’s what a lot people say too, that the Nasi Ayam Penyet at Sri Bistari Stall in Changi Village serves the best Nasi Ayam Penyet. I will definitely try this when if I go there one of these days, rather than buy the Nasi Lemak! 😀

    So its Nasi Ayam at Far East, Nasi Ayam Penyet at Bugis and Es Teler Chicken Set? Eh if you know the stall names better lar, rather than I search aimlessly. Sometimes got more than one stall! Anyway, when I go to Es Teler, I always buy the Mee Bakso! Its really good!

  4. [andee] says:

    I’ve tried the ayam penyet at bugis! not bad. cant remember enough to tell if the lucky plaza one was better or not though.

  5. Libertas says:

    Do you remember the name of the stall where you bought the Nasi Ayam Penyet at Bugis? Hahaha, this would be good so I can go survey as well. 😀

  6. Han says:

    hmmmmm…i’ve tried nasi ayam penyet at marine parade, lucky plaza and sri bistari too!the taste is nice! and also i’ve tried nasi ayam penyet at Ubi….not bad either!

  7. Rin says:

    Ooopss just read this post so my reply may be basi already. Waroeng Penyet in Marine Parade and Jurong East is not too bad too. It is 5 bucks and the chilli’s good! There is a Sri Bistari stall right at the coffeeshop downstairs (to where i stay) and i find it err mediocre?

    But i have heard of very good nasi ayam penyet at 2 other places which i have yet to try. So do post if you decide to try them. One’s in Rochor Centre and they charge $3.50 only! And the other’s in ABC coffeeshop at Bukit Merah adjacent to Queensway Shopping Centre. Sorry i dunno both the stalls’ names. But they came highly recommended by my circle of friends. Heh.

  8. Eila says:

    OHHHH GOSH!!!!LOVE THE NASI AYAM PENYET!!!IT’S SUPER DELICIOUS,ESPACIALLY THE CILLY!!!!!GOSH!!!U GOT TO TRY IT OUT!!!..But one thing bout it is that the rice is super little and it SUX!!!and the price GOSH!!$6.50!!!!for a Plate of it!!i tink its super EX espacially when the rice is so little..!!but overall it nice and u shld try it out!!!LOVES!!!

  9. liana says:

    hi all i think i know which stall Rin is referring to at Rochor. I work ard the area and always frequent the stall. I swear it’s best the BEST nasi ayam penyet ever! u guys have got to try it! it’s at rochor centre coffeshop handled by a couple and sells mee rebus, nasi lemak, mee soto on top of their best selling nasi penyet..At $3.50, it’s really worth it and the sambal like we all say is simply POWER!

  10. camelia says:

    Lovely the nasi ayam penyet its them delicous.. Im waiting this wednesday to breakfast of my fasting there… Ayam Penyet Ria.. please wait for me..

  11. Agus says:

    if u pass-by Taman Universiti in Johor,try out ayam penyet in Restoran Agus at 14 Jln Kebudayaan2 .U b d judge

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