Yogyakarta-style fried chicken is the BEST I’d tried anywhere in Asia, if not the world! The chicken was first par-boiled in Javanese spices, before being coated in batter (tapioca flour?) then deep-fried. During the last phase of deep-frying, the cook will also add a ladleful of tapioca flour on top of the chicken, resulting in a porous, crispy, golden crust blanketing the chicken. Utterly sinful, totally, mind-blowingly delicious!
Our lunch today consisted of:
- “Ayam goreng” - 3 whole deep-fried free-range chickens;
- Grilled gurame freshwater fish which had been basted with kecap manis (sweet dark soysauce) which was also incredibly tasty;
- Fried tempe (fermented soybean cake);
- Stir-fried pete (stink-beans).
Definitely a must-not miss place if one is ever in Indonesia – Ayam Goreng Yogyakarta is a well-known restaurant, but one can also look for the other famous chains like Ayam Goreng Ny. Suharti and Ayam Goreng Mbok Berek with outlets throughout Indonesia's major cities (Jakarta, Surabaya, etc.)
Warung Lesehan Ayam Goreng Yogyakarta
Jl Kendalsari Barat No. 8
(Belakang Ruko Taman Niaga)