Wong Java House Ayam Penyet [CLOSED]

Fried Chicken Los Angeles

Ayam penyet is a sizzling signature dish at Wong Java House.

To say that fried chicken is one of my favorite foods is an understatement. Every chance I get to try a new version, there’s pretty much never a red light. Still, it took a trip to Wong Java House, Ade Kurniawan’s restaurant set amidst Alhambra auto body shops, to tussle with Indonesian ayam penyet for the first time.

Ayam Penyet ($7.50) features chicken that’s marinated in galangal, turmeric, lemongrass and candlenut. The bird bathes in those spices, becoming fragrant inside and out. Un-battered chicken cooks in vegetable oil and arrives in a massive stone bowl on a bed of spicy sambal crafted from red jalapenos, Thai chiles, and dried shrimp. Better yet, the aforementioned spices join the fried chicken party in the form of a crisp, chewy thatch, which is powerfully flavorful. Cooling cucumber also nestles into the enormous bowl. The chicken probably stayed in the fryer for a little too long, but considering the bold flavors, Wong Java House’s ayam penyet still proved to be one of L.A.’s more unique fried chicken preparations.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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