This typical food is also included as all-class culinary, which can be found in any street stalls and fancy restaurants. Penyetan is taken from the Javanese word Penyet or Press. This term appears during the existence of Tempe Penyet as an original Penyetan, which means fried tempe that has been pressed with traditional spicy sambal.

The key that differentiate the deliciousness is taken from the sambal. The more it is hot and spicy, the more it is become popular.

Today, there are tons of Penyetan choices that serve not only Tempe Penyet, but other variants are available like Ayam Penyet (chicken), Lele Penyet (Cat fish), Bandeng Penyet (Milk fish), Bakso Penyet (Meat Ball) and more.