They hammered the chicken before deep-frying it, resulting in meat that’s tender and pulls apart quite easily from the bone. At Ayam Penyet RIA, which is a franchise originating from Indonesia, the smashed fried chicken is served as a set.
What you get is about a quarter of a small chicken, a piece each of fried beancurd and tempe, some boiled kangkong, a slice of cucumber, sambal belachan, and a separate plate of rice. It sounds like a lot, but the portions are really small.
Massaged with a light but aromatic mix of spices, the chicken was fried till crisp but hardly oily. What made it even more special was bits of tempura-like fried batter on the chicken, which was pleasantly crunchy.
At S$5.50, the set is a little pricey, considering the miserly amount given. Nevertheless, the fried chicken is a real gem, worth at least once a try. Besides the signature dish, they have other stuff like smashed beef and oxtail soup, but most are here for the hammered bird.