Penang Food Tour (Part 5) – Francis Western Food @ Jalan BurmaApril 15, 2008 | 8,550 views
Browsing the menu may take some time, as he serves >40 types of dishes, NOT including specials of the day. But be warned though, the waiting time leans towards the longer side, bear in mind Francis, the owner and the chef, cooks all the dishes himself, and assisted by only one staff who helps to garnish and serve the plates of gluttons.
The place was packed, at around 8.30pm on a Sunday evening. But we were prepared for the wait, as we’ve been there a few times before. We ordered 2 dishes to be shared among 3 of us, knowing well that the portion he serves borders on the LARGE end, and we thought of continuing our food hunt later at night. I ordered something from the Today’s Specials list, the Baked Salami Wrapped Pork, while Material Boy and MayI chose Bacon Wrapped Chicken (Baked). The drinks were nothing special, though their milk tea kind of sucked.
My dish arrived first, and the portion was humongous. This Francis guy does not skimp on the ingredients. Really. Thick chunk of succulent and juicy pork meat wrapped with cheese, ham, tomatoes, button mushrooms, and pineapple slices, the sweet juices of the meat was retained, and the baking method of cooking this dish is healthy (being optimistic here), and yet manages to contain the natural flavour of the pork. The side dishes of coleslaw (with raisins), potato cubes salad, and the fresh,crispy slices of garlic bread complemented the dish so well. Delicious.
The amount of cheese coating the chicken in the 2nd dish, combined with the big, thick slices of bacon may seem like artery-clogging material, but nothing can pry my itchy hands away from salty, grilled pieces of fat bacons. Yum yum. The sides are the same. Definitely worth the money paid for both the dishes.
Other recommended choices include … EVERYTHING! Basically he cooks right in full view of you, therefore any compromise in hygiene is a no-no. And you get to see the chef in action, baking and frying dishes after dishes, all the while dressed in his signature sports wear combo. (refer 1st pic).
Location : Jalan Burma. It is located at a crossroad traffic lights in Pulau Tikus, opposite the row of shops with Bee Cheng Hiang which sells dried meat (bak kwa) and meat floss, & Kassim Mustafa Nasi Kandar Restaurant. A bit tricky to find, but coming from town area, towards Pulau Tikus, you will pass by Pulau Tikus Police Station on your right, and the subsequent traffic lights is the one Francis is situated at. Bon appetit? 😉