Throughout my life I had rarely gone into Lucky Plaza. There were no reasons to go there - no shopping, nothing to see and no good food (or so I thought). So when my cousin told me that there was good ayam penyet there and suggested that we go there for dinner, I stepped into the building for perhaps the fourth time in my life, and the number of little Indonesian restaurants serving ayam penyet was surprising.
As we were hungry, we settled on the first Indonesian cafe that we saw: Resto Surabaya.
Ayam Penyet Surabaya
The size of the ayam bakar chicken may look small in this picture, but it is probably because of the angle. I was given the wing and little drumstick with a huge piece of breast meat attached. They were slathered in the delicious dark glaze that had a tinge of sweetness.
I could not quite detect it, but my mother said that the fish had a charcoal BBQ flavour. Nonetheless the same delicious sweet sauce had enveloped the succulent meat of the fish, and made it the best dish of the lot. All of us had praises for the fish.
Stir-fried Kangkong Belacan
Although the price of a meal at Resto Surabaya may be more expensive, since the dishes do not come with rice (and you have to order the rice separately), anything that is cooked in the dark sweet sauce especially the milk-fish is worth its price.
304 Orchard Road
Tel: 6732 1803
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14 Scotts Road
Tel: 6738 4369