08 Sep 2011 • 33 reviews • 1 follower
Must Tries: Ayam bakar, ayam penyet
Fans of the popular Indonesian food chain, Wong Solo will be thrilled to know that its franchise is now in Singapore! It is located at Far East Plaza which has now become quite a foodie heaven in its own right!
Among the variety of eateries which include Korean food, ramen, nasi padang, Pontian noodles and bubble tea is Wong Solo, which now boasts 90 outlets in Indonesia and 5 in Malaysia. Here in Singapore, Wong Solo takes on a more youthful and vibrant branding and boasts a fast-food concept catering to its target audience of students and young executives.
Many Indonesian eateries are known for their ayam penyet, but Wong Solo’s signature dish is its ayam bakar. The grilled chicken ($6.90) is well-marinated with a special blend of Indonesian spices, making the meat really tasty right to the bone. Those who do not like a thick, heavy deep fried batter over their chicken will like Wong Solo’s version as the chicken skin is thin and only slightly charred, while the insides remain soft and juicy. It is served with a side of crispy, fried batter bits, black sauce-manis, spicy chili and rice.
On the other hand, we weren’t as pleased with the ayam penyet ($6.90). Though the meat was sufficiently moist, the chilli served on the side lacked oomph.
The other dish to try is the iga bakar or beef ribs ($10.90). Here, the ribs are braised for hours to yield fall-off-the-bone tender ribs.
Now, even though Wong Solo does not have service charge or GST, the slightly higher cost of $6.90-$10.90 per set may put some customers (especially students) off. Wouldn’t it be great if they could throw in a free bowl of soto soup, some fried vegetables or an egg to make it a more complete meal?