When I started food blogging about two years ago, one of the very first posts was on Ria Ayam Penyet and its flaming chilli. Every once in a while I would visit them for the spicy kick, now with a new location and expanded menu!
The branch at Jurong Point (The one at Square 2 basement had changed hand)opened quite some time ago taking over the old spot of Siam Kitchen, in which a weekday dinnertime was enough to warrant a long queue. They had giant cages hanging as decor, while ordering style was still self-service with list ticking and payment made beforehand at the cashier.
Homemade Lime Juice ($2.00)
Refreshingly sour, this would come in real handy for the chilli later on!
Tahu Telor ($5.90)
One of the newer items on the menu, the firm beancurd was wrapped in a layer of crispy fried egg mixture. Completed with peanut sauce and crunchy shredded vegetables, it was really good to be shared as a side dish!
Boneless Chicken Chunk ($6.90)
Perfect for lazy people like me, they now offer smashed boneless cubes of chicken instead of drumsticks and wings! Honestly, the meat was still not juicy or tender enough, but the crispy skin, tasty batter and fire-breathing chilli sure made me overlooked that fact! Not forgetting about the serving of kangkong, tempe and fried tofu that completed the package!
Smashed Pomfret ($6.90)
With other varieties like Catfish and Grouper on the menu, the girlfriend still preferred the Pomfret for its texture. I would still very much like my Pomfret steamed, but its an altenative to poultry!
Bill for two was $25.40 after taxes. Ria is more expensive than your average ayam penyet at food courts, but they are not only banking on main courses but also the many types of sides to keep customers returning. Still serving one of the spiciest chilli you can find!