Indonesian food is amazing, and Ayam Taliwang will ignite your tastebuds!
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When I was in Jakarta, one of the Indonesian dishes I was recommended to try wat Ayam Taliwang, a type of grilled chicken that originates from the island of Lombok, and is famous for being incredibly spicy. When I heard grilled chicken and incredibly spicy, I knew ayam bakar Taliwang was something I needed to eat.
In Jakarta, I searched and found a restaurant called Ayam Taliwang Rinjani, and so one day for lunch my wife and I headed over there… little did I know I would have a near life changing grilled chicken experience.
There were a couple of different types of grilled chicken you could order, including a sweet version, a spicy version, and the extra super pedas spicy version. We ordered one of each – the chickens were spring chickens so they were small and you can easily eat one or two whole chickens yourself. At the front of Ayam Taliwang Rinjani, they had a glass cabinet full of partially grilled chickens. Then as soon as you order, they take a chicken, cover it in whatever sauce you chose, and then put it back on the grill. The super extra pedas (meaning super extra spicy), was dunked in a bucket of sambal chili sauce and oil, and then put on the grill. When it was finished, there was literally about a 1 cm thick coating of chilis all over the chicken.
Ayam bakar Taliwang proved to be one of my ultimate favorite Indonesian dishes. The chicken itself was extremely flavorful and bursting with juices, and because it was grilled on a high heat it additionally had a nice flame flavor. But the greatest thing about the chicken was the incredible amount of chilies piled on top. It was truly a chicken changing experience!
Ayam Taliwang Rinjani
Address: Jalan Pesanggrahan Raya No. 50, Puri Indah, Jakarta
Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Prices: We had 3 chickens and a few side dishes for 165,000 IDR ($12.39).
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