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Mrs Hen

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Mrs Hen Ayam Geprek Sambal Platter
Photograph: Mrs Hen

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This hole in a wall stall located in Telok Ayer serves up fuss-free bowls of juicy and crispy Ayam Geprek. If you didn’t already know, Ayam Geprek is a popular Indonesian comfort food dish that is made up of crispy battered fried chicken that is first crushed then generously slathered with a bunch of spicy hot sambal. But before you eagerly jump ahead and choose your sambal, you’ll need to order your base. We’d recommend opting for the aromatic Nasi Kuning as the yellow turmeric rice is flavourful and rich which helps to curb the spice.

With that said, spice lovers must try the Ayam Geprek Sambal Signature where heaping portions of crunchy fried chicken comes with the option to choose your preferred sambal spice level ranging from level one to five, which conveniently comes with a jarring warning. Trust us, they don’t play with their spice as we definitely work up a sweat with our attempt at level three!

But if extreme spice isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a wide range of approachable sambals that are also available. Fans of the onion, be sure to try the sambal bawang as the aromatic blend of shallots, onions and garlic deliver a marriage of savoury and mild spice. Another favourite is a take that is commonly found in Bali, the sambal matah. This dish brings forth zesty sambal that stars lemongrass and kaffir lime to help balance out the spice with its bright citrusy nature. 

While the sambal hijau is a typically spicy Indonesian condiment, Mrs Hen’s version might be the most approachable sambal for mild spice enthusiasts. We thought that it might have adjusted to the local palate or perhaps it may just have been a tad bit oily and cloying for us which ended up masking up the classic green chilli spice. 

Overall, this vibrant chicken shack guarantees to make you cry tears of joy with her addictive sambals, juicy crispy chicken and quirky puns. But here’s a friendly tip, just plan to swoop in before 12pm right before the lunch crowd if you don't wanna wait in snaking lines hungry.

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Dawson Tan
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Dawson Tan


121 Telok Ayer St
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Mon-Fri 11am-3pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
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