“There are five different types of chicken on offer here, and they are Ayam Goreng, Ayam Bakar, Ayam Plecing, Ayam Bakar Kecap, and Ayam Bakar Madu.”
Remember the article where I articulated on the history of Ayam Taliwang and Rumah Makan Ayam Taliwang Dua-Em Bersaudara? I briefly mentioned Rumah Makan Taliwang H. Moerad, an eatery that I will now be placing the spotlight on. H. Moerad actually masterminded the creation of Ayam Taliwang with his Hj. Salamiah and his son H. Muhibbin Murad in 1967. While his son opened his own restaurant in 1979, his eldest daughter H. Siti went and established an eatery of her own.
At first glance, Rumah Makan Taliwang H. Moerad looks like any other Ayam Taliwang joints in Mataram. People are able to choose to either have their meal lesehan-style (while sat on a mat) or at a conventional table. But when it comes to its food, H. Siti’s establishment features more variations of the chicken. There are five different types of chicken on offer here, and they are Ayam Goreng, Ayam Bakar, Ayam Plecing, Ayam Bakar Kecap, and Ayam Bakar Madu. Guests are then given the freedom to select the level of spiciness, while various sambal are also up for grabs as well, which is a blessing for lovers of spicy food such as yours truly.
I opted for the spicy Ayam Bakar and Sayur Lebui (black bean soup). As I mentioned in the other Ayam Taliwang article, one of the main characteristics of Ayam Taliwang is its use of ayam kampung (free-range chicken), and it applies here as well, which explains why it is quite small in size. It had a tough exterior, but the meat was juicy and tender.
Compared to Ayam Taliwang Dua-Em’s, this one was a tad spicier. The savoury Sayur Lebui helped in balancing the overall flavour of the meal. Between the two, I personally think Ayam Taliwang H. Moerad surpasses its counterpart due to my love of spicy food. A return is definitely on the cards.
By Jessicha Valentina
Jl. Pelikan, Kota Mataram,
Lombok, Nusa Tenggara barat
T: 0370 633 619
Open daily from 9am-10pm
Rp.50,000/US$3.50 per person