Ayam penyet is an iconic dish commonly found in Indonesia, and is well-known across South East Asia. Ayam penyet translated to English means ‘smashed chicken’. Wonder how the name came about? Well, after the chicken is boiled, marinated, and deep-fried, the chicken is literally smashed to be made tender.
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut at Lucky Plaza serves crispy duck and a few other authentic Indonesian dishes on their menu.
I dropped by the restaurant around lunchtime, and yet, there were still enough seats for us despite the bustling lunch crowd.
Their signature Original Crispy Fried Duck With Rice (S$9.90) is marinated for 24 hours, and their spices and sauces are imported directly from Indonesia.
The crispy duck is served with a fiery spicy sauce at the side, along with tofu, tempeh, and a side salad.
The skin was fried till golden and crispy, and the duck was meaty on the inside. Texture-wise, the duck was succulent, although I found it to be a little too salty for my liking.
However, the impressive thing about the crispy duck was that it did not have the extreme gamey taste found in a lot of duck dishes I have tried before.
Next up, I tried the Oxtail Soup (S$8.90). It