13 Authentic Indonesian Places To Check Out When You’re Craving For Ayam Penyet And More

Bring on the sambal!

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1. Warung Leko @ The Curve (halal)

For something truly special, try out Warung Leko's fantastic range of dishes, from Sup Buntut to Ayam Penyet. Their signature Iga Hot Plate is a must-try if you love sizzling, flavourful ribs!

Address: LB1, Level 1, The Curve

Opening hours: 10pm - 10pm (daily)

Contact: +603 7733 1322

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

2. Wong Solo (halal)

This popular chain is known for their awesome Ayam Penyet and Pecel Lele. Make sure to try their fiery sambal for that extra kick!

Outlets: Shah Alam, Seksyen 7 | Kampung Baru | Melaka

More info on: Instagram

3. Ole-Ole Bali (pork-free)

For some Balinese classics, check out Ole-Ole Bali. The generous portions here make it a great spot for sharing. The Nasi Berempah Kuning, served with assorted side dishes is a must-try!

Outlets: Sunway Pyramid | Empire Shopping Gallery

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

4. Waroeng Penyet (halal)

Fuel up on spicy Ayam Penyet and comforting bowls of Bakso at this affordable yet satisfying Indonesian joint. Don’t forget some Sate Ayam too to complete the meal!

Outlets: The Curve | NU Sentral Citta Mall

More info on: Facebook | Instagram 

5. Restoran Puti Bungsu Batam @ Kampung Baru (halal)

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This Nasi Padang powerhouse in the heart of the city is known for their unique dishes that sets them apart from most places. Try the Ayam Pop, the flavourful chicken is boiled with a rich mix of herbs and spices, before being pan-fried to a crisp. The Keropok Kulit, served with a drizzle of Gulai Kuning, is a must-have too!

Address: 4, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

Contact: +603 2171 1197

More info on: Facebook 

6. IndoBowl @ Sungai Besi (pork-free)

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Indomie gets a next-level makeover at this viral café in Sungai Besi. Pair your noodles with some iga, lamb chop, or seafood. One thing’s for sure, the sambal is a must-try. Made using an Indonesian family recipe, its signature flavour leaves diners here wanting more!

Address: 72, Jalan Tasik Utama 7, Lake Fields, Sungai Besi

Opening hours: 
11am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 10pm (Mondays - Sundays)
Closed on Wednesdays

11am - 10pm (Mondays - Sundays)
Closed on Wednesdays

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

7. Dancing Fish @ Bangsar (pork-free)

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This classy eatery in Bangsar is known for their phenomenal spread, especially the famous Dancing Fish dish. The fish, cut and fried in such a way to get that graceful-looking dance-like appearance, promises to be a meal to remember!

Address: Lot T120, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre

Opening hours: 11.30am - 10pm (daily)

Contact: +603 2095 6663

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

8. Bakso Monster (pork-free)

When the craving for some good Bakso hits, you can also head to this quirky-named cafe. The sizeable meatballs and the flavourful broth makes this place a real must-try. Desserts fans shouldn't miss out on their Martabak Manis too!

Address: 16, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm

Contact: +603 2202 2000

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

9. Restoran Rose @ Kampung Baru (halal)

Have a taste of Minang classics at this crowd-favourite Kampung Baru eatery. Besides the stellar Nasi Padang, the Minang-style satay here is a must-try!

49A, Jalan Raja Alang, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 7am - 12am (daily)

Contact: +6019 611 0457

10. Restoran Sambal Hijau @ Sungai Penchala (halal)

This constantly packed Nasi Campur place in Sungai Penchala is known for their extensive spread of lauk. The soulful Sup Tulang is especially popular!

Address: Lot 2990, Kampung Sungai Penchala

Opening hours: 
7.30am- 2am (Mondays - Saturdays)
7.30am - 12am (Sundays)

Contact: +603 7731 2045

More info on: Facebook | Instagram 

11. Restoran Sari Ratu (pork-free)

This popular Nasi Padang chain serves up all the classics and more, from dendeng to gulai urat to bergedil. As with most Nasi Padang meals, it's just not complete without a heaping serving of both their sambal merah and sambal hijau.

Outlets:  Taman Melawati | Kelana Jaya | Kota Damansara | Subang Parade | Jalan TAR | Ampang Point | Bukit Bintang 

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

Contact: +603 6141 6165

12. Naughty Nuri's (non-halal)

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This hip chain that started from just a small warung in Ubud is the place to be for some perfectly-grilled Killer Ribs, coated in Balinese spices and a delectable secret sauce.

Outlets: Desa Sri Hartamas | Atria Shopping Gallery | KL Life Centre

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

13. The Uma Bali @ Kota Damansara (non-halal)

Enjoy some succulent Grilled Pork Ribs at this Balinese-style restaurant. Sate Lilit is available as well, and the crispy fried duck is not to be missed! 

No. 7 Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara

Opening hours:
12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm (Mondays - Sundays)
Closed on Tuesdays

Contact: +603 6142 2771

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

BONUS: Martabak Grande @ Mutiara Damansara (halal)

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There's always room for desserts! Head over to Martabak Grande and catch up with this latest desserts craze from Indonesia. The Martabak Manis is similar to Apam Balik, but is changed up with an interesting mix of flavours like Red Velvet, Matcha, and Nutella. 

Address:  Jalan PJU 7/16A, Mutiara Damansara

Opening hours:
3pm - 10pm (Tuesdays - Sundays)
Closed on Mondays

Contact: +6012 343 9414

More info on: Facebook | Instagram

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