Singapore - Indonesian vs Malay fried chicken
- klyeoh May 6, 2011 05:03 PM
First stop - Indo Kitchen at Lucky Plaza, as mentioned in M_Gomez's thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/779568
Unfortunately, the Sop kaki kambing (goat's leg soup) wasn't available when I was there yesterday. Instead I went for the Ayam Penyet set which comes with a quarter of fried chicken, tempe, tofu, raw cabbage with a blow-your-tongue sambal, nasi uduk (coconut-flavored rice) & sayur asem. The chicken seemed under-fried & lacked the crispiness I'd expected. Sayur asem was perfectly balanced (sweet-sour) - love it. Nasi uduk was also scented with lemongrass. Okay meal - not dining destination stuff, but only if you happen to pass by there.
Second stop - insanely popular As-Shifaa (#06-52 Lucky Plaza). Come early as the queue can be killing. Tiny stall which serves up Malay-style fried chicken (turmeric flavored) with rice. You can also order sambal quail's eggs and bergedil (potato croquette). A clove-scented cloudy chicken soup was served gratis. Fried chicken was freshly done & crispy hot. Eggs & potato croquettes were served cold - ugh, but understood that's normal for Malay food. Frankly - not sure what all the fuss was about!!
#02-60 Lucky Plaza
304 Orchard Road
Tel: 9665 6350
#06-52 Lucky Plaza
304 Orchard Road
I went to Indo Kitchen last week after reading the post by Gomez. Sop Kaki Kamping was not available too, but I ordered the Soto Betawi (basically beef coconut-based soup with rice). Pretty good for Singapore standard, much better than my expectation, 70-80% of the usual standard I had in Jakarta.
Another stall you can try is Ayam Penyet on the second floor of Lucky Plaza, decent Ayam Goreng, Sop Buntot and Gado Gado.
I had lunch at As-Shifa today and the fried chicken is still to die for! It's still the best I've tasted.