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We Tried The Ayam Geprek At Kotak Plus And It Made Us Cry [Review]

We Tried The Ayam Geprek At Kotak Plus And It Made Us Cry [Review]

Kotak Plus is a restaurant that sells Modern Indonesian cuisine from Ayam Geprek to Bakso in SS15.

Melissa Suraya Ismail

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If you guys haven’t tried out Ayam Geprek, you’re missing out. Okay to those non-spicy lovers, you’re not really missing out. But to those crazy spicy food lovers, you can’t be called that if haven’t tried these.

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Kotak Plus is a combination of a few modern Indonesian cuisines places in Malaysia which are KOTAK, I’m Geprek, I’m Bakso and Tiaphari with a fast food concept.

KOTAK was originally the name of the restaurant in SS15 since 2018 but they’ve upgraded the menu with a variety of more Indonesian cuisines from the other brands. Then, Kotak Plus was born. They also have another branch called I’m Geprek in Bandar Baru Bangi.

They have two floors but the main seating is mostly on the second floor.
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We went to their restaurant in SS15 to try out some of their dishes. The parking here is quite a challenge because hey, it’s SS15. It just depends on luck. However, you can also come here via the LRT Kelanan Jaya line as the SS15 station is just a stone’s throw away.

At first glance, the restaurant looked like a fully takeaway (fast-food concept) kinda shop only but actually, their dining space is on the second floor. There are only a few tables at the front of the restaurant and the ground floor is reserved for their ordering counter and kitchen.

The Taste Test

They have four spiciness levels here, which are normal, hot, extra hot and super hot. You’ll get the normal one if you don’t add any spice level. But if you want to, one level costs RM1. They just add on the quantity of sambal with every spice level. Additionally, if you’re having it to go, they’ll also charge you RM1.

As we weren’t a really good fan of super spicy stuff, we asked which ones are suitable for us. On the I’m Geprek menu, there are four different types of sambal which are the Sambal Dowel, Sambal Kotak, Sambal Ketuk and Sambal Memble.

They also have Bakso here too.
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Other than those, they also have Indonesian fusion dishes like Buttermilk chicken, Baked Rice, Mie Sedap, chicken with Nachos as well as Cheese.

Their spicy sambal with cheese? Those two are a good combination for us to go to the toilet.
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We got the Ayam Geprek Sambal Kotak and Ayam Geprek Sambal Dowel as the staff said that these aren’t that spicy. There’s also an option for the drinks but we went for their signature Teh Botol.

Ayam Geprek Sambal Kotak
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The Sambal Kotak one didn’t really look intimidating at first but when we tasted it, we immediately felt the fire. It was numb initially but the spicy aftertaste got us searching for water.

The chicken parts used for this was the breast (they only offer boneless meat for this one), fried in a batter and cut into bite-sized bits. The texture of the sambal coating the chicken bits was kinda dry but they pack a punch.

This dish looked quite similar to the original Ayam Geprek menu but this sambal is a bit less spicy.

Ayam Geprek Sambal Dowel
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As for the sambal dowel, the thick sambal itself is quite sweet, but when paired with the thick peanut sauce, it turns magnificent. The spiciness is still mildly there, it’s just toned down a bit with the creamy peanut sauce.

The chicken is the best part as you can request a boneless chicken or the ones with bones like the thigh part. I got the deep-fried chicken for this one and I love how juicy the insides are.

The Verdict

We sweated, cried a bit, and even went to the toilet a couple of times (thank god they have toilets!). But, we finished the dishes anyway because they’re so good!

Yes, they were spicy, but spicy in a good way. I especially love the Sambal Dowel one as the plain peanut sauce can soften the spicy kick of the tasty sambal.

For me, the Sambal Kotak dish was a bit dry but still good, nevertheless. You just keep on going for more. Even the normal ones made us sweat like a pig, we wondered what the additional spicy ones would taste like.

Ayam Geprek Sambal Kotak (left) and Ayam Geprek Sambal Dowel (right).
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For spicy lovers, this is truly recommended for you. If you can’t handle spicy stuff, we recommend you getting the Sambal Dowel.

For the soup and sweet sauces, they’ve prepared a special spot for those on the second floor, along with their cutlery section. You can get the free soup there yourselves and add on as much as you want. The sweet sauce definitely helps with the spiciness of the sambal. Pair them together and they’re the bomb.

Free soup!
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The atmosphere here is also enjoyable too as they play those nostalgic indie Indonesian songs. There’s something about sad Indonesian songs that makes you reminisce your teenage heart-broken days huh? Nostalgic atmosphere, I love it!

You should go and try their dishes if you’re in SS15. We hear that their Mie Sedap and Buttermilk Chicken are also recommended. But if you’re just there to try their signature dish, try their best-seller, The Original Ayam Geprek.

Kotak Plus

Address: 10, Jalan SS 15/8b, SS 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Operation Hours: 11 am – 10 pm (daily)

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