Ayam Penyet

2011 May 22
by linda

We used to eat at one of Indonesian restaurant at Haymarket. My husband loved their Ayam Penyet, simply because of the chilli relish. But then, the owner sold their restaurant and the taste of their dish changes slightly. Their service changes dramatically. When you order, the waiter will ask you whether you want the thigh or breast. We ordered thigh, but then received the breast instead. We asked them, and received a disappointed statement. They said that it was our fault and they clearly heard that we ordered breast, and my husband convinced them since he never ever ordered breast before. Anyway, since then he never go back.

To satisfy his craving, I tried to make the chilli myself. I remembered my mom used to make this when she was visiting few years ago. The recipe is pretty simple anyway. So far, he loves it. When I made this chilli relish, I put it in the jar and store it in the fridge :) They could last for few weeks, but they never last that long in our fridge :)


  • Grilled Chicken/Fried Chicken
  • 1 small to medium size onion, peel
  • 250 gr red chillies
  • 20-30 small red chillies (more or less depending on your preference)
  • 30 gr garlic, peel
  • 60 gr shallot, peel
  • 3 small to medium size tomatoes
  • 25 gr terasi (shrimp block, you can get from Indonesian groceries), grilled on the pan for few minutes until the colour changed
  • lime leaves
  • lime juice
  • sugar to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil


  1. Heat oil in the wok.
  2. Do not cut or dice anything. Add onion, chillies, garlic, shallots, tomatoes to the wok. Stir fry them until they soften and changed in colours for about 15 minutes or so.
  3. Using a hand held blender, blend everything plus the terasi until puree.
  4. Then add sugar, salt and lime juices. Add them a little at the time and adjust the taste.
  5. Cut the lime leaves into tiny pieces straight into the puree mixture.

Culinary tradition: Indonesian

Please leave your comment/suggestion if you find this recipe useful. Can’t wait to hear from you and Thank You !!!

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 May 23

    Whenever I eat Ayam Penyet, I like to have lots of chilli. Your sambal chilli look terrific, and probably taste even better with grilled chicken. Thanks for sharing!

    • 2011 May 24
      linda permalink

      Yeah I love spicy food and we love to make our own chilli. It is less salty and tastes fresher :)

  2. 2011 May 27

    What a shame that the restaurant changed hands. It’s always sad when that happens or when a great restaurant shuts down or moves!! It’s cool that you figured out how to make your husband’s fave dish from that place at home :)

    • 2011 May 28
      linda permalink

      The owner want to retire from the business after almost 10 years. They returned back to Indonesia and sold the business.

  3. 2011 July 18
    eha rashid permalink

    hello there Linda…
    tq for posting this recipe..i got to try it…love eating Ayam Penyet but usually the sauce is to spicy for

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