Our Story

Our Story

The Origin

Zoul’s Corner initially began as a humble Nasi Padang business that was run by the owner’s mother for over 30 years.

After a year of helping his mother in business, Mr Azhar otherwise known as Zoul, discovered that a Nasi Padang stall was a tough business to run. A Nasi Padang stall required long working hours. Added to that, preparation also took up a lot of time to ensure that a variety of dishes were available. Struggling with the back breaking working hours, he decided that it was not his cup of tea.

Instead, he focused on cutting down the items to niche items that will represent Zoul’s Corner and that’s how their specialty item, Zoul’s Nasi Ayam Penyet came about!


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The Founder

Azhar Mohd Salleh is a hawker-turned-restaurant-owner with almost 40 years of experience in the F&B industry in Singapore. He and his wife Nelly are the founders of Zoul’s Corner, a family restaurant that specialises in Ayam Penyet. With a third outlet — a kiosk at AMK Hub, under the brand name ‘Smash’ — Azhar has his sights set firmly on constant, sustainable growth. He is a firm believer of life-long learning, collaboration over competition, and accelerating progress by engaging coaches and mentors. His company Zoul Nasi Ayam Penyet received the International Business Federation’s ‘Singapore Top Heritage Cuisine Award’ in 2021.

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Zoul's Corner: A Symphony of Taste and Tradition

Imagine a dish that stirs your senses: a plate of aromatic, fluffy white rice, each grain carefully simmered in a sumptuous, savory chicken broth, lovingly infused with an exotic medley of spices. Resting atop this fragrant entree is the masterpiece – a chicken leg marinated with an old-aged recipe featuring candlenuts, garlic, turmeric, ginger, and coriander seeds. This chicken is fried to perfection and then ‘smashed’, boasting a crisp, golden exterior that gives way to succulent, flavor-rich meat, a testament to generations of culinary mastery. Complementing this ensemble are sides of deep-fried, crusty-on-the-outside yet soft-on-the-inside beancurd, alongside slices of tempe and cucumber, adding layers of texture and freshness to this delightful signature feast of Zoul’s Corner.

Yet, the crowning glory of this dish is undeniably the ancestral sambal blend rich in history and refined through research and development. This exquisite sambal passed down through generations is the heart of the dish. Crafted with meticulous care, ensuring uniformity in texture and taste across an impressive half-tonne prepared for outlets across the island. Each batch of sambal is more than just a condiment, requiring nearly three hours of devoted craftsmanship, is a pledge to authenticity and excellence, lovingly nurtured and handed down by his mother.

This gastronomic journey of Zoul’s Corner traces back to a modest Nasi Padang stall, where Mr. Azhar’s mother laid the foundation of what would become a culinary transformation over three decades. Zoul, as Mr. Azhar is warmly known, has skillfully steered this traditional venture into the acclaimed Zoul‘s Corner. Here, innovation meets tradition, and the Nasi Ayam Penyet stands as a testament to this harmonious blend – a dish that doesn’t just feed the body but nourishes the soul.

Today, Zoul’s Corner has transformed into a cherished destination for food lovers. Recognized as Singapore’s best and finest Nasi Ayam Penyet, it has earned numerous accolades and has become an integral part of the community. To reach more ardent food lovers, Zoul’s Corner has expanded its reach islandwide. But the story doesn’t end here. Zoul’s Corner’s culinary range has expanded, embracing a spectrum of flavors to delight various palates. From succulent seafood to tender beef balls, traditional Malay noodles, and even a foray into Western cuisine, each dish is infused with the same love and respect for tradition that started it all.

At Zoul’s Corner, every meal is an invitation to a grand feast of flavors, a celebration of taste and tradition. Dining at Zoul’s Corner is more than just having a meal but a journey of flavors that keeps you coming back for more.

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The Ingredients

The Penyet Chicken Rice dish from East Java, Indonesia, is quite popular and loved by numerous of people here. Traditionally, this dish is served with white rice, marinated chicken with spices, side dishes as well as tempeh, tofu, and “sambal.” The “Umphh” of this dish is depending on how flavorful the “sambal” are made.
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“I want my customers to be satisfied with what they pay for. There’s no cutting of costs and compromising of value for me”


The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
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We provide memorable experiences that you and your beloved ones will never forget. With our delicious food and refreshing beverages, you will feel more delighted and pleased to come with us with another day.

Our Commitment

We are dedicated to providing the best service possible to our customers. From waiters to chefs who work with us, we will provide the best service possible. A traditional Indonesian dish with a rich and delectable flavour profile on the tongue that leaves the heart satisfied.

We will give you the best from our restaurant so that you return home happy and satisfied as a result of your visit. Hopefully you will feel satisfaction from our restaurant services.

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