Life is Tasty!
Very popular in Jakarta, penyet is usually enjoyed during lunch or dinner. (instagram.com/ms.pita88/-)
Mashed potato may be popular in the Western world, but Indonesians are crazy about smashing different types of meat and combining it with spicy sambal, to make what is known as penyet. From ribs to fried chicken, various types of penyet can be found everywhere in the country.
In Jakarta, penyet is also a popular dish among the locals. In case you never tried one, these places offer unique varieties of deliciously spicy penyet.
Located in some areas in Jakarta, Warung Bu Kris has become a favorite among spicy food fans for its charming spicy sambal. Another one of its drawcards is its unique penyet dishes such as penyet cumi (smashed squid).
Iga penyet (smashed ribs) was initially famous in the capital of East Java, Surabaya. Its delicious taste then attracted a lot of people and later spread all across Indonesia and became one of the most-famous penyet dishes. The method of smashing the ribs is said to make the dish softer and easier to eat. Besides, of course, mashing the meat with the spicy sambal.
Meatballs are phenomenal because they are able to fit into any kind of food. The most-famous meatball in Indonesia is bakso (meatball soup), which is a great afternoon snack or even lunch or dinner if your appetite isn’t too ravenous. Interestingly, fried bakso can be eaten with meatball soup, or even better, with penyet, as its chewiness creates a certain good feeling inside your mouth.
(Read also: Let's try a hot bowl of creamy bakso keju)
Ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken) is the most well-known penyet dish in Indonesia. Sometimes served with nasi uduk (steamed rice cooked in coconut milk), ayam penyet is an easy lunch or dinner option in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. While you can find it everywhere, one of the best places that serves this dish in the capital is arguably Ayam Penyet Bu Sri Menteng. It takes a certain skill to create sambal for ayam penyet, and this eatery nails it.
Ikan bawal (pomfret) is probably one of the most popular types of fish in the country. People consume it everywhere in its various forms, including penyet. Places like Dapur BangJo serve penyet ikan bawal with great sambal and some vegetables. Adding side dishes like tempe or tahu (tofu) is recommended while enjoying the dish. (kes)
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