Great eating places aren't just confined to popular city centres or commercial areas. In Shah Alam is an ayam penyet restaurant that may be a bit off the way, but boy does it serve up some delicious - and ridiculously affordable - dishes.
Sambal hotness is an 8/10!
3632 A-2, Jalan Besar, Kampung Bukit Lanchong, 40400, Shah Alam
Tel: 017-394 6992
Daily, 10.30am - 9.30pm
Great food, even better prices
Shah Alam is actually pretty vast. In this vastness, therefore, it's logical to think that great eating spots are all over the state capital of Selangor. Drive away from the city centre and towards the more industrial areas and you might find yourself in Section 27. Here is a roadside restaurant selling a unique kinda ayam penyet. And it's mighty good!
The restaurant is simply called Ayam Penyet Bukit Lanchong. It's an open restaurant seating maybe about 50 - 60 people at a time and is very no frills as far as restaurants go. It's a family run place and has been around for about 4 years now but according to owner Miss Doti Amelia, business has really picked up since about a year ago. Nowadays they serve up to 500 plates of ayam penyet over weekends, and it gets quite busy during weekday lunch hour too.
Look at the prices. Yay!
The menu is simple and straightforward. You can order rice with either chicken, beef, lele (catfish) or burung puyuh (quail) and it'll come to you with a side of vegetables, ulam and their USP: the sambal. The sambal is unique in the sense that it is not even red in colour or green. Instead, it's burnt orange in colour!
The sambal is an 8/10 on the pedas scale.
Miss Doti says the sambal is unique to their restaurant. It's made with a blend of chillies and perhaps some oil. Don't let the rather tame colour fool you though: it's super hot and will likely make you sweat and chugging down buckets of ice water to tame the heat! Best of all, despite the heat the sambal is pretty darn flavourful. Temper it with some soy sauce for a more umami packed bite.
Have your rice with chicken, fish or even quail.
The chicken used here is 'ayam tua', literally old chicken. Old chicken is leaner but more flavourful, and it does require some extra cooking time to make tender. Here, the chicken is boiled with spices and herbs before being fried to order.
Ayam penyet is so called because the chicken is smashed before being cut up. Here it is 2 seconds before a heavy chopper smashes down on it.
It really is yummy: juicy, chicken-y but not at all gamey or smelly. Whatever you order here is fried fresh too. You can even see them frying your order, albeit chicken, fish or beef.
Fried to order so it's always hot and fresh.
Don't feel like rice? Try their home-made Bakso with a mix of egg noodles and mihun. The bakso is packed with beefy flavour and is pleasantly bouncy and chewy, just as a bakso should be. Swirl in some of their orange-coloured sambal in the soup and you're in for a hearty treat.
Everything is cheap too so that's a bonus!