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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Located at Jalan Trengganu and right opposite to Lye Lye (新来来) hawker centre, Nation's Barbecue which officially opened for business on November 20 with the "smokeless BBQ" condition did caught our attention. Hence, we decided to drop by for a different bbq experience. 

This restaurant is not really spacious, with only about 6 tables both inside and outside. 

The only wall decoration we could see.

For the bbq method, traditional charcoal burner and smokeless charcoal are used. They will prepare everything and start up the fire for you, so you won't get your hands dirty starting up the fire and you don't have to afraid of being burn.

This restaurant offers ala-carte but not buffet-styled barbecue. Barbecue ingredients/ items in the order chit, with prices ranged from RM 3 to RM 15, includes the pork (tenderloin, belly, loin, tongue, heart), beef (short rib, strip loin), chicken (wing, fillet, gizzard, bishop nose, pandan /chicken, loh bak), lamb (shoulder, loin), vegetables (mushroom, enoki, shimeji, eryngii, zucchini, capsicum, yellow onion, corn, brinjal), seafood (prawn, squid, crockle, crab claw) and drink. They serves also some special food items such as bbq pork spare ribs, beef/ pork yakiniku, pork belly rolls with enoki and marinated chicken satay. In addition, there are bbq set for 2 or 4 pax. For a complete menu items and price, you can refer to the order chit below. 

BBQ set for two (RM 45)
This set came with chicken wing x 2 sticks, chicken fillet 50g, belly 100g, loin 100g, pork meatball 50g, mushroom x 2 sticks, enoki x 3 sticks, squid 50g, prawn 50g, onion 50g, capsicum 100g and rice x 2 bowls. 

Some of the ingredients were marinated with sauce which is quite good in flavour (slightly salty), with a sprinkle of sesame, pepper and chilli flakes. 

The chicken wings were real savoury (thumbs up for their marinate). The enoki is another item which worth a mention, an quick and easy ingredient for bbq and it was very juicy. However, the rice which came together was too dry. As for the capsicum and onion, we grilled them until reasonably tender, then we placed the other food ingredients such as chicken fillet on top and grilled. This way can further enhance the foods flavour as well as to help preventing the chicken fillet from badly charred.

Smoke is produced by the dripping sauce on the burning charcoal.

Complementary salt pepper, chilli flakes and home-made dipping sauce are given. You can sprinkle some salt pepper/chilli flakes on food which is not marinated to enhance its flavour. 

As for the home-made dipping sauce, the taste is rather special and quite appetizing, spicy and sour at the same time. It goes very well with all the food items.

Overall, it was really an exciting bbq experience. However, improvement should be made for the indoor ventilation. It was quite stuffy and we felt hot sitting inside. The smokey bbq scent on our body and hair was strong and not pleasing. Service was very slow as well. 

Nation's Barbecue 全民炭烤店
Location: 80-T, Jalan Trengganu, Georgetown, 10460 Penang, Malaysia.
Business Hours: Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 00:00, Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 02:00, Sun: 18:00 - 00:00
Webpage: http://www.facebook.com/nationsBBQ

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