25 Ayam Penyet in Singapore That Will Leave You Sweating For More

Ayam Penyet is an Indonesian dish that is a local favourite, consisting of fried chicken that is smashed with the pestle against mortar or even a metal hammer to make it softer, more tender and easier to eat! The deep-fried dish is typically served with rice, sambal, slices of cucumbers, fried tofu and fried golden bits. While the dish might not be for those on a diet or the health conscious, that is precisely what makes Ayam Penyet so delightfully sinful. Here are 25 spots to go to when the craving hits.

#1 Penyet King

With multiple outlets in Singapore, the classic Ayam Penyet at Penyet King is pretty standard, with a moist fried chicken and a side of fried tofu, tempe, sliced cucumber and cabbage. The chicken is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and one thing unique here is their sweet, dark sauce that makes a pretty delicious match when paired with their sambal!

Address: Multiple outlets

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#2 Dapur Penyet

Satisfy your Ayam Penyet cravings at Dapur Penyet, where there’s a variety six different freshly-made sambal to suit every tastebud! While the chicken here leans towards the drier side, when paired with some sambal the dish is immensely elevated. Sambal options include the classic OG belacan, the mild balado and the green hijau which is said to be the most popular pick. If you love your spice as well as a challenge, try the Rica, Bawang or Mercon that is the spicest out of them all!

Address: Multiple outlets

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#3 D’Penyetz

An Indonesian brand, D’Penyetz seems well-received by Singaporeans for their Indonesian-style Ayam Penyet with six levels of spiciness – upped from the previous five! Try their sambal with the D’Penyetz Smashed Chicken which has a tasty, crispy skin on the outer layer, matched with addictive crispy crumbs scattered on top and fried tofu and tempeh. Other than chicken, there are also choices of Fried Marinated Duck, Pomfret, Beef Ribs and Bakso (beef ball) Soup. 

Address: Multiple outlets

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#4 Ayam Penyet No. 1

Many Ayam Penyet spots will not fail you if you are looking for value-for-money deals, and Ayam Penyet No. 1 is one of them. Their Ayam Penyet also comes with fried crackers, tau kwa, and a bowl of asam rebus. Filled with ingredients like corn, cabbage, long beans, and carrot, the sweet and savoury soup is refreshing and helps to tone down the fiery sambal! Most importantly, the chicken is fall-off-the-bone, tender and juicy.

Address: 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572
Opening Hours: 6 AM–10 PM Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri

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#5 Mantul Ayam Penyet

Mantul Ayam Penyet moved to Ayer Rajah Food Centre a few months ago and though the prices are a tad higher than what you would usually pay for local fare, the extra large whole chicken leg more than makes up for it. Marinated overnight and infused with spices, the recipe is handed down from the owner’s grandmother, and requires the dish to be slow-cooked for two hours. What’s also special about the stall is that they serve a modern rendition of the dish with salted egg sauce! And apart from chicken, you’ll also find prawn and sotong penyet sets here.

Address: 503 W Coast Dr, #01-72, Singapore 120503
Opening Hours: 5:30 AM–3:45 PM Sat to Thurs

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#6 Mawar Merah

Mawar Merah was established in 1990 and started out as a Malay stall selling traditional kuih. Since then, it has expanded into a brand selling a variety of Malay dishes with several outlets throughout Singapore. Their Ayam Penyet comes with a huge fried chicken thigh that is served on a separate place. Topped with crispy crumbs, a special sweet sauce, chilli sauce, and onion bits, every bite of this fried chicken is packed with flavour.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#7 Project Penyek by Ansar

Project Penyek by Ansar at ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre is a great Ayam Penyet stall to add to your lineup. Their Ayam Penyet comes with a mound of rice, soup and a healthy dollop of their homemade chilli. A sizeable piece of chicken is generously showered with golden bits, while the batter is well-seasoned and satisfyingly crunchy. The chicken is moist and tender on the inside, which always gains extra points in our books!

Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-25, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–6 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon

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#8 Aunty Sham Ayam Penyet

Aunty Sham has over 30 years of experience in the F&B industry as well as being a Javanese native herself. Her Ayam Penyet comes with a large piece of fried chicken thigh topped with crispy bits and accompanied by fried tofu, keropok and assorted vegetables. It also includes a side of soup as well as some Javanese-style sambal. 

Address: 166 Jln Besar, #9 Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 8 AM–7 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon

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#9 Pondok Pantai Timur

Originally located in Changi Village, Pondok Pantai Timur is a family-run business located in Ubi. Their Ayam Penyet has an impressive presentation – sitting on a literal bed of housemade sambal is a large piece of smashed fried chicken, accompanied by deep-fried tofu pieces, crispy batter bits and slices of cucumber. The fried chicken is superbly seasoned and fragrant with herbs and spices, our only gripe is just that it’s a tad smaller than other places!

Address: 301 Ubi Ave 1, Singapore 400301
Opening Hours: 8 AM–8 PM Mon to Fri, 8 AM–5 PM Sat. Closed on Sun

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#10 Nasi Putih Ayam Penyet

Located away from the hustle and bustle of flashy malls, this Ayam Penyet stall offers you a quality food experience without having to jostle the shopping crowds or sweating through masses of office workers. While it draws in a queue during lunchtime, the stall is efficient and you’ll get your Ayam Penyet in no time. Every bite of the chicken is packed full of flavour with a satisfying crispy batter.

Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-26, Singapore 150006

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#11 Smash Ayam Penyet

Located at B2 of AMK Hub, Smash Ayam Penyet offers not one, but more than seven kinds of penyet! Other than the classic Nasi Ayam Penyet, there are also many seafood options such as prawns, fish, and even stingray. For a mess-free affair, go for the Nasi Ayam Penyet Boneless. The chicken is perfectly fried with a crisp outside, while remaining tender and juicy on the inside. It also comes with fried tofu, tempeh, and three different kinds of sambal!

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, B2-48, Singapore 569933
Opening Hours: 10 AM–10 PM daily

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#12 Nur Indah Kitchen

You will easily spot Nur Indah Kitchen at Bedok Food Centre thanks to the mountain of fried chicken and fish that’s stacked against their glass display. Their Nasi Ayam Penyet comes with a generous piece of fried chicken leg, tofu, tempeh, and a bowl of soup. While Ikan Penyet is a relatively common dish usually found at Ayam Penyet stalls, what’s special about Nur Indah Kitchen is that they serve Empal Penyet that’s served just like ayam penyet, but the dish is made with beef spare ribs instead!

Address: 1 Bedok Rd, #7, Bedok Food Centre, Singapore 469572
Opening Hours: 9 AM–9:30 PM daily

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#13 Nurfir Nasi Ayam

Located at 2 Yishun Industrial Street, Nurfir Nasi Ayam is widely known amongst Yishun residents as one of the best and most affordable Ayam Penyet spots in the area. This family-run business offers both Nasi Ayam Penyet and its fried rice sibling, Nasi Goreng Ayam Penyet . The Nasi Ayam Penyet uses chicken rice instead of ordinary white rice, giving it an additional flavour boost.

Address: 2 Yishun Industrial Street 1, Singapore 768159
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8 PM daily

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#14 Ayam Penyet President

Hot and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside, Ayam Penyet President is one of the most prominent names for Ayam Penyet in Singapore! Every set comes with fried tofu, tempeh as well as a generous helping of fried crispy bits. Simply delectable with their signature chilli that packs quite the punch, so be wary if you can’t handle spice!

Address: Multiple outlets

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#15 Impian Wahyu

Helmed by an Indonesian couple, Impian Wahyu serves dishes such as Ayam Penyet, Sup Butut, and Mee Soto. Boiled in a broth for three hours before it is fried, the Ayam Penyet here is tender, well-flavoured, and juicy. However, the star of the show here is the sambal terasi that is handmade upon order. Made with a combination of fresh tomatoes, sugar, and dried chilli, their sambal is intensely flavoured but less spicy than the ones you find in most stalls, so even those who can’t tolerate spice can give it a try!

Address: Block 462 Crawford Ln, Singapore 190462
Opening Hours: 9 AM–7 PM Mon to Sat, 9 AM–5 PM Sun

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#16 Farasha Muslim Food

Farasha Muslim Food is another stall at Seah Im Food Center that is popular for the Ayam Penyet. Featuring a huge piece of fried chicken drumstick sitting atop a bed of fragrant fried rice, you can also choose maggi mee if you like. It’s not hard to see why this budget-friendly dish captivates a crowd during lunchtime. They also serve a range of classic Malay meals, including Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, and Mee Goreng too.

Address: 2 Seah Im Rd, #01-31, Singapore 099114
Opening Hours: 10 am–8 pm daily

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#17 Sri Bistari Changi Village Famous Ayam Penyet

Sri Bistari has been serving Ayam Penyet for over 30 years and the quality of their Ayam Penyet has remained just as great throughout the years. Their smashed chicken is well-cooked and tasty and their sambal belacan, which is sweeter than it is spicy, has garnered legions of fans. But what really makes Sri Bistari stand out is their rice. Premium jasmine rice is cooked in a chicken stock along with various other aromatics, wrestling in a flavourful rice reminiscent the beloved Hainanese chicken rice!

Address: 3 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500003
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–10 PM daily

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#18 Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal

Located at the second level of Amoy Street Food Centre, Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal is a popular spot for Indonesian fare and you’ll notice most people ordering their Ayam Penyet with Rice, as well as their Bami Noodle with Jumbo Penyet. While Ayam Penyet usually consist of a golden fried chicken accompanied by white rice and crimson sambal, the one by Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal is a vibrant take with orange serunding bits, drizzles of kecap manis, and a garden salad that adds a bright pop of colour. Taste-wise, it is just as vibrant, and the meat is tender and pulls apart easily.

Address: 7 Maxwell Rd, #02-86, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 9 AM–2:30 PM Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun

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#19 Warong HJH Kamisah

Warong HJH Kamisah is now run by the third generation and it hails from Solo, Indonesia. Find Indonesian staples such as Mee Rebus, Lontong, Tauhu Goreng, Ayam Penyet and Ikan Penyet here. Their Nasi Ayam Penyet set comes with a huge fried chicken thigh and a side of flavorful soup, as well as two different kinds of sambal for the spice fiends out there! They do tend to sell out before closing time, so try to get here early.

Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-13, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 6 am–1:30 pm Mon to Thurs, 6–10:30 am Sat & Sun. Closed on Fri

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#20 Adam Chicken

A hidden gem at Ayer Rajah Food Centre, Adam Chicken is one of the more popular Muslim stalls at the hawker centre, drawing long lines during lunch hour. Serving two main dishes – Roasted Chicken Rice and Ayam Penyet, you can pair your chicken with Nasi Goreng instead of the usual rice served! Their Ayam Penyet is fried to crispy perfection, sinful yet delightfully indulgent.

Address: 503 W Coast Dr, #01-28, Singapore 120503
Opening Hours: 9 am–5 pm Mon, Wed to Fri. 9 am–3 pm Sat & Sun. Closed on Tues

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#21 Aini Muslim Food

Aini Muslim Food at Holland Driver Market & Food Centre serves Indonesian staples like Ayam Penyet, Gado Gado, Tahu Goreng, Nasi Goreng. They are best known for their Ayam Penyet which comes with a large succulent piece of fried chicken thigh, rice and a punchy, savoury-spicy sambal chilli. Don’t forget to squeeze the lime, for a refreshing touch and to cut through the greasiness!

Address: 44 Holland Dr, #02-14, Singapore 270044
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun

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#22 Super Penyet

As its stall name suggests, Super Penyet is famous for Ayam Penyet. A plate of their signature dish comes with aromatic, coconutty nasi lemak rice. The chicken is well-marinated and tender, fried to a golden brown with satisfying crispy skin. The homemade sambal sauce, consisting of a blend of chilli, shallots, garlic, shrimp paste, tamarind and lime juice, also packs a great punch!

Address: 104 Yishun Ring Rd, #01-170, Singapore 760104
Opening Hours: 7 am–6:30 pm Wed to Mon, 2–6:30 pm Tues

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#23 Aspirasi

Muslim-owned eatery Aspirasi is famous for its tasty variations on chicken rice. Their bestselling Chicken Rice (Penyet) comes with rice, deep-fried battered chicken, house-made sambal, cucumber, and a bowl of soup. Customers can also help themselves to free-flow crispy crumbs that’s fried to golden brown! If you like prefer your chicken rice with some sauce, opt for the fried chicken rice with black pepper, lemon or sweet-sour gravy. 

Address: 2 Seah Im Rd, #01-45, Singapore 099114
Opening Hours: 9 am–7 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun

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#24 Uncle Penyet

Touted to have some of the best Ayam Penyet in Singapore, Uncle Penyet’s rendition of the dish is simple yet nails every element of the dish. The chicken is pretty sizeable and it comes with a slightly thicker batter than normal, giving it a nice crunch. Topping it is a generous scattering of fried crumbs. It pairs incredibly with the curry rice, and if that’s not enough you can also get some tofu or bakso soup to go alongside!

Address: Multiple outlets

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#25 Ayam Penyet Ria

Ayam Penyet Ria was one of the first to bring the ayam penyet trend to Singapore. The chickens here are broiled with a special blend of herbs and spices every morning, before being fried to crispy golden perfection. Love your meat with some spice? Pair it with their house-made Sambal Terasi. And if you’re not the biggest fan of chicken, the Ikan Bawal Penyet (smashed fried pomfret) is a great option too.

Address: Multiple outlets

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