Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dapur Penyet


Beef, chicken, fish _ you'll find 'em all smashed up here and served Indonesian-style.


The beef version, with crunchy fritter bits, tauhu and sambal. Aromatic, though some might find the meat a tad too tough and stringy.


Iga bakar. Grilled beef ribs, gelatinous and juicy _ punishingly laden with cholesterol.


Ayam Penyet. Fried chicken, well-marinated enough to recommend and reassuringly fragrant with the familiar spices and herbs.


Ayam Bakar, grilled in the style of the Javanese city of Solo. Everything is prepared to order, so expect to wait about 15 minutes for food at peak hours.


There's Ikan Keli Penyet too. We like the meatiness of catfish, but it can be a bit too bony.


Gado-gado. Not the best ever, but not bad either. Perhaps the peanut gravy could be thicker.


Slurp-worthy soto ayam _ chicken soup for the Asian soul.


Opor ayam _ a relatively obscure, rather watery recipe (at least in Malaysia?) of chicken cooked in coconut milk, which Wikipedia says is a popular Eid al-Fitr dish eaten with ketupat in central Java. No ketupat at Dapur Penyet, unfortunately!


For Asian delights of a Malaysian bent, take a 10-minute walk to Sheraton Imperial Hotel, where Toastina serves lunchtime favorites. There are hits and misses here nowadays, but the chicken rice is surprisingly satisfying for a hotel-cooked version.
Earlier entries on Toastina: April 1, 2011, June 8, 2011 and June 11, 2011.


Toastina's Penang prawn kuey teow soup is thick and tangy.


Stir-fried chicken with cashews. Will stuff the tummy, won't stun the taste buds.


Skip Toastina's wan tan mee and head to a kopitiam instead if you want some.

Dapur Penyet,
Maju Junction, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Toastina,
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
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20 comments:

  1. Why is call penyet?
    I saw few Malays stall call Ayam penyet...
    The Ayam Bakar simply looks delicious... Making me hungry now....

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    1. Simple Person: 'penyet' means 'flattened,' i believe. so 'ayam penyet' refers to the chicken that's been flattened after it's fried =) ya, indonesian cooking can be very, very tasty! :D

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  2. I just had breakfast at Toastina the other day. :P And met a famous blogger after my lunch.

    Do they have beef rawon at Dapur Penyet?

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    1. Baby sumo: Heheh, I'm sure whichever blogger it might have been was very pleased to have met up with you =) I didn't see beef rawon here. Hmmm, wonder if it might be something that's available at dancing fish Indonesian restaurant in bangsar shopping center :D

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  3. Took ur time in reviewing this place huh :p

    Loving d Ayam Penyet...d Ayam Bakar looks smashing ler =)

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    1. Ulric: strange, I guess, since this place isn't too far from my office :D food's not bad, though I guess other penyet restaurants in kl would also do it quite well =)

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  4. eh, toastina at sheraton imperial??? not sure if i've heard of that place... or did i miss something out?

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    1. Michelle: ooo, you've definitely heard of it, but I guess it's been too many months since it's been mentioned. It opened last year =)

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    2. Michelle, you can't use your Starwood card here unfortunately.

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    3. Baby sumo: although on the bright side for some of us, there's a 10 percent discount for people who work in this office building =)

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  5. The Ikan Keli looks awesome... but how come it wasnt smashed? :P

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    1. Pureglutton: ooh, i think it might have been smashed sideways! :D

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  6. When we were in Bandung we went to a place called Dapur Bebek! maybe we'll see that coming here next. Sigh we've wanted to go to Toastina ever since you first blogged about the sandwiches but still haven't paid a visit. =(

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    1. Adam: it'd sure be nice to see more indonesian restaurants, especially in convenient locations in the shopping malls! :D wow, you have a great memory. those sandwiches were great, though i'm honestly not sure whether toastina has maintained the same high standards after all these months =)

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  7. It's sad when food looks so good but doesn't do the same for the taste buds as it does the eyes.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, though it's welcome irony when other food doesn't look too good but tastes awesome! heheh :D

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  8. as a safe choice, I'll just stick to the Ayam penyet. The beef is always a problem as those we get in our country are too tough.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, you're right. i had steak for dinner a few hours ago, and the meat was just too powdery and chewy, even though it was supposed to be good aussie beef...

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  9. Dapur Penyet's dishes does remind me of Little Jakarta's dishes.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i've actually not managed to check out Little Jakarta. will do so someday, hopefully, heheh :D

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