Best Ayam Penyet in Johor Bahru (JB)

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By now, most people must have heard or even tasted the popular Javanese dish. For the uninitiated, ayam penyet literally means flattened (smashed) chicken - nothing to do with a live chicken getting ran over by a lorry. The chicken is marinated then deep-fried (or roasted) before smashed with a pestle or wooden mallet. You can easily savour ayam penyet throughout Malaysia and if you’re in Johor, here is where you can track this delicious poultry dish down!

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    Restoran LC Catering

    With a wide range of menu ranging from Malay to Western cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you dine at Restoran LC Catering. But one thing you can’t afford to miss is their ayam penyet dish. Served in either plain white rice, Nasi Briyani or Nasi Serai, the deep-fried chicken is flavourful. It tastes particularly appetising if you coat the chicken with their lime-infused sambal belacan!

    Tips

    The place also offers catering services for wedding event and banquet hall for rental.

    Things to expect

    Spacious dining environment, suitable for family and big crowd.

    Best with

    Jus Jambu Asam Boi (Tamarind Guava Juice).

    Price

    RM8.50 to RM10.00

    Restoran LC Catering View restaurant

    340, Jalan Balau 1, off Jalan Tebrau, Taman Melodies, 80250, Johor, Johor
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    073357355

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    11:00AM—03:00AM
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    Restoran Nasi Ayam Penyet JakartaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Craving for ayam penyet dish, but too busy (or lazy) to go out? This restaurant should be your solution as it offers home delivery service! There are four delectable penyet selections to choose from: Nasi Ayam Penyet, Nasi Daging Penyet, Nasi Puyuh Penyet and Nasi Pecel Lele (catfish rice). Not only are they reasonably priced, at RM8.90 per meal, the food itself tastes awesome! The chicken meat is both juicy and tender and pairs well with the fluffy white rice, fried tofu and other side dishes.

    Tips

    The place offers home delivery service (minimum of 3 pax is required).

    Things to expect

    Affordable price.

    Best with

    Air Bandung Longan.

    Price

    RM8.90

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    Restoran Nasi Ayam Penyet Jakarta View restaurant

    175, Jalan Rawa, Taman Perling, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0167371973

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
    10:00AM—09:00PM
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    Restoran Pinang

    A popular dinner spot among UTM (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) students, Restoran Pinang serves one of the best ayam penyet in Skudai. Here, “ayam tua” (old chicken) is used because of its exceptionally leaner and juicier meat. The chicken is perfectly fried until crisp and golden brown. Not to forget, the sambal belacan dip is spicy enough to complement with the delectable ayam penyet and white rice!

    Tips

    Avoid focusing on their char kuey teow, and come for their penyet dish instead.

    Things to expect

    Casual restaurant, reasonably-priced meal.

    Best with

    Teh “O” Ais Limau.

    Price

    RM6.00

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    Restoran Pinang View restaurant

    34, Jalan Pendidikan 3, Taman Universiti, 81300, Skudai, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    05:00PM—11:00PM
    Friday
    06:00PM—12:00AM
    Sunday
    05:00PM—12:00AM
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    Restoran Lesehan ZonaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Located on the second floor of a shoplot in Taman Maju Jaya, Restoran Lesehan Zona serves nothing more than just penyet dishes and assorted beverages. For the ayam penyet set, the chicken is definitely up to the expectation, crispy and tender, and the sambal belacan is packed with enough spicy goodness. The accompanied side dish is equally satisfying, especially the fried tofu which has the right moist on the inside and crisp on the outside. 

    Tips

    You can choose to dine on a chair or sitting cross-legged on the floor.

    Things to expect

    Limited menu.

    Best with

    Iced Longan Milk.

    Price

    RM7.50 to RM8.00

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    Restoran Lesehan Zona View restaurant

    1A-1, Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
    11:30AM—08:00PM
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    Ayam Penyet Z&Z

    Although the rice and the side dishes such as fried tofu and soup are nothing to shout about, the chicken is awesome. The skin is crispy and not too oily. The white meat on the inside is thankfully moist and soft. The sambal belacan is quite watery, but still decent enough as a spicy dip for the chicken. Other penyet dishes served on the menu includes puyuh and ikan keli.

    Tips

    This restaurant allows phone reservation.

    Things to expect

    Small amount of rice in the ayam penyet dish. Best to order extra rice if you’re a big eater.

    Best with

    Fruit juice.

    Price

    RM7.00

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    Ayam Penyet Z&Z View restaurant

    Taman Bukit Dahlia, 81700, Pasir Gudang, Johor
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    0167887898

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    11:30AM—11:30PM
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    Ayam Penyet Ria @ JB City SquareHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    No stranger to penyet dishes, Ayam Penyet Ria can be found in many outlets throughout Malaysia and even Singapore. Although the restaurant offers an extensive menu of penyet dishes such as prawn and brinjal, the original fried chicken remains the best. The chicken is packed with crunchy goodness, and tastes even more appetising with its sambal condiment!

    Tips

    You can also look for another JB outlet at Plaza Angsana

    Things to expect

    Generous portion, air-conditioned environment.

    Best with

    Avocado juice.

    Price

    RM9.50 to RM9.80

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    Ayam Penyet Ria @ JB City Square View restaurant

    J2-16, Level 2, Johor Bahru City Square, 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072212546

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Penyet World Express

    True to its name, Penyet World Express offers more than just regular ayam penyet rice. In fact, this is a place where you can choose to “westernise” your ayam penyet meal with side dishes such as fries, wedges and/or mashed potatoes. The chicken is cooked to crispy perfection, while the meat is soft and tender. It tastes extra good when you dip it with sambal belacan and chilli sauce together!

    Tips

    This restaurant offers free Wi-Fi service.

    Things to expect

    Cosy air-conditioned environment with bright decor.

    Best with

    Coconut Shake or Bandung Soda.

    Price

    RM7.90 to RM8.90

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    Penyet World Express View restaurant

    14, Jalan Setia Tropika 1/1, Taman Setia Tropika, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072885666

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    11:30AM—10:00PM
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    Banafee VillageHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    A favourite hangout among the locals and foreign tourists, Banafee Village offers a wide variety of fusion food ranging from Malay, Chinese to Javanese cuisines. Speaking of Javanese, the restaurant is also known for its signature Nasi Ayam Penyet. Although the side dishes as fried tofu and tempeh are average, the chicken is tasty enough to offset its shortcoming.

    Tips

    You can make a reservation as well.

    Things to expect

    Extensive menu, noisy environment filled with live band during nighttime.

    Best with

    Pepes (Javanese version of “otak-otak”).

    Price

    RM9.00

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    Banafee Village View restaurant

    9022, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, 80300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073333377

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    Every day
    12:00PM—12:00PM
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