Grilled chicken lovers, Indonesian food fanatics and sambal lovers, hear me out. Kayu Manees, a new Indonesian hawker stall that specialises in ayam bakar (grilled chicken) and homemade sambal has recently opened at Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre on 23 Dec 2022.
Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre is known for its wide variety of dishes such as nasi lemak kukus, Hainanese chicken rice and fried kway teow. Kayu Manees looks to be a welcome addition to the bright blue one-storey hawker centre.
Kayu Manees features a concise menu with only 5 dishes to choose from. You can choose from Ayam Bakar Belado with Rice (S$6.50), Ayam Bakar Sapit with Rice (S$6.50) and even a more European option with Ayam Bakar Peri Peri with Rice (S$6.50).
If rice isn’t your thing, you could opt for their only noodle option, Ayam Bakar Belado Indomie (S$6.50) which uses the popular instant noodle as a replacement. If you’re extra hungry, you might want to consider the Ayam Bakar Combo (S$8) which has both noodles and rice.
Each dish is accompanied by a massive piece of chicken leg and thigh that is grilled. Uniquely, their rice is of a blue hue that might remind you of nasi kerabu, though only in appearance as it’s essentially lemongrass rice that’s coloured blue. Completing each set is a side of keropok, homemade tangy acar and soup.
There are 2 homemade sambals to choose from: Sambal Ijo and Belado. Sambal ijo is a speciality of West Sumatra with a unique blend of green chilli and green tomatoes that gives its signature vibrant green look (Ijo means green in Bahasa Indonesian). Belado on the other hand is the staple sambal that is often found in Indonesian and Malay stalls.
It goes without saying that you should expect heat and lots of it when eating at Kayu Manees. Might I suggest preparing a large cup (or 2) of soya bean from the nearby Whampoa Soya Bean?
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