Dinner at Lucky Plaza’s Ayam Penyet Ria – Indonesia Food

What a day ! I was supposed to meet up with my girl friend and her sister at Orchard road at ION at 8pm, but I only managed to get a parking lot at Takashimaya after being “rejected” by the security guards at ION and even the valet is full. Even the Wisma Atrium’s carpark was full as well. Today agenda was to buy a bag for my girl friend’s sister, though with big brands at ION, none was to her taste and we finally forgo the present.

As usual, I was starving (I get hungry easily), and we were deciding a place for our dinner and that is when we landed ourselves at Lucky Plaza for Ayam Penyet Ria. The restaurant serves authentic Indonesian food which are famous for smashed fried chicken. Of course there are also other kinds of dishes, but mostly are fried dishes.

I thought that the soup was a disaster. It tasted like a sweet ayam soup with cheap ingredients being used for the soup. However, I does not know if that was the authentic taste of the soup. Makes me ponder.

Sayur Ayam (Sour Soup)

The Gado-gado in the restaurant is slightly different from the authentic style where it consists more of boiled veggies with peanut dressing. Instead, they uses a sort of fried the beancurd skin to in a tower shape with a little veggies as decoration. I would say that the peanut sauce is just right for the dish and it tasted refreshing compared to the rest of the fried dishes.

Gado Gado

Below are some of the main dishes that we have ordered as well. For those that are health conscious, you might not like the deep fried items, but these food certainly fit into my category. Though deep fried, it is not as oily as it seems and with the combination of the red hot sambal chili, you would not even get bored of the taste.

Bawal Penyet (Smashed Pomfret)
Tahu-Tempe Penyet (Smashed Beancurd and Beancake)
Ayam Penyet (Smashed Fried Chicken)

If you loved fried an spicy food, this will be the place you got to visit. It might not be the same as KFC, but definitely has a unique asian taste. Just beware that the chili are not laughing matter, it means REAL business. We paid about $50+ for 4 pax which I considered it relatively economic for a dinner at Orchard Road.

Ayam Penyet Ria
Lucky Plaza #04-25
Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 9pm daily

Other outlets are available as well. Below are the information.

Lucky Plaza #01-45 (11am to 10.00pm daily)
Far East Plaza #05-22 (11.30am to 10.00pm daily)
Jurong Point #B1-06 (11.30am to 9.30pm daily)
Bedok Point #01-05 (11.30pm to 1.00am daily)

Reunion Dinner at Dempsey’s Long Beach – With Yu Sheng !

It is hard to imagine how time passed and soon we are entering the year of Snake. As usual, before the starts of the Chinese New Year, my friends and I would all gather together to have our own annual dinner at Dempsey’s Long Beach. I supposed this is the third time which we are having Chinese New Year Dinner at the same location.

Prosperity Yu Sheng - for the good year coming
Yu Sheng

It is a tradition in most Chinese people to have Yu Sheng aka Lo Hei in Singapore. It is a dish that symbolizes good luck and fortune coming year and a must dish prior to the start of dinner. We had two tables and decided to combined our Yu Sheng together to make a mega one. Something special as compared to the previous year, the Long Beach actually uses strawberry sauce instead of the traditional honey sauce. I didn’t took a photo of the end process of the Lo Hei, as it has always been the case that we are messy all over the table. Perhaps because of the strawberry sauce, the Yu Sheng tasted watery but not as sweet. The overall taste was not bad. A new fusion to the Yu Sheng !

Steamed Live Scottish Razor Clam with Minced Garlic
Steamed Live Scottish Razor Clam with Minced Garlic
This is another dish which we never fails to eat as well. Personally I liked the taste of garlic and together with the soy sauce and tang hoon, it makes a perfect combination ! (Though I have to take two portions since my girl friend has a small appetite, but she managed to finished all the garlic before passing it to me….) The dish was cooked in perfect timing and it was not that “rubbery” and easy to swallow. 
Live Golden Stripe Lobster | Long Beach
Live Golden Stripe Lobster
The Stripe Lobster was a signature dish at Long Beach and definitely it lives up to its reputation. Compliment with sweet flakes covering the entire lobster, the freshness and juiciness of the lobster meat together with the crisp of the flakes is never too full to have a second serving. A must try dish !
Traditional Peng Cai (or treasure bowl)
Traditional Peng Cai (Treasure Bowl)

Last but not the least, the Traditional “Peng Cai” or Treasure Bowl. Nevertheless, this is not a must dish to eat during Chinese New Year but it symbolizes good fortune and most of the chinese people likes it. The dish consists of few main ingredients including, brocoli, prawns, abalone, tofu skin, mushrooms, sea cucumber, carrots, duck meat, pork, dried scallops and maybe other more meat which I did not managed to see all neatly placed in a claypot and boiled with superior broth. The portion above is good for 10 person easily without ordering any other dish, and of course we did not even managed to finish half of the dish after we have eaten those above. The good thing about it is the restaurant has actually catered (or maybe foresee the dish could not be finish at all) the claypot to be taken home which we can consumed later. Phew !

Overall the service of the restaurant is good, with attentive manager and waitress, I would say it is a good place for dinner. How about the price ? I did not pay a cent as it was a treat from my friend, but I would have guessed it might be over $600 per table.

Long Beach at Dempsey
25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670 (Left turn to Dempsey via Holland, before Peirce Rd)
Reservations: +65 6323 2222
Opening Hours: 11.00am to 3.00pm, 5.30pm to 1.30am daily