It’s Perfectly Alright for Girls to “Burp” & Guys to “Giggle” …September 16, 2012 | 69,100 views
Finding inspirations for a meal here in Ipoh holds nary a challenge; unless you’re talking about the odd hours. I can effortlessly ramble off a long list of recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner (could be either the same or different choices), as well as viable alternatives for brunch and supper. Provided that you’re all game for hawker fares, of course.
But lo and behold, I routinely found myself dumbstruck when forced to recommend a good spot for tea time/hi-tea. This could very well be related to the fact that Ipoh’s forte has always been the incredible plethora of street food, while quality high-tea sessions in hotels or all-day cafes/bistros are harder to come by.
So you can imagine the spark of interest in me when the all-day cafe Burps & Giggles came on board; with non-stop business hours from 8am – 8pm. What a quirky name, you wonder? More than just the name, be prepared for the visual feast that follows.
*Don’t say I did not warn you …*
If you are swarmed by a lingering sense of deja vu, or uncanny familiarity; Burps & Giggles is also owned and run by the same team that propelled Indulgence to (g)astronomical success, as well as the spin-off; Allegra.
Therefore, do not be surprised to see some familiar faces, Indulgence’s pastries and desserts, as well as Allegra’s drapps on the menu.
Wait, scrap that. They don’t even have a menu.
Burps & Giggles (let’s just call them B&G for short) pride on their pinchos (read Wikipedia to differentiate these and the conventional tapas) and burgers. The chalk-scribbled blackboard hanging from the window near the counter lists a selection of gourmet burgers served at B&G.
There’s no denying that they are trying to set the prices to within an acceptable range; as opposed to Indulgence’s premium tags. Even the most exorbitant of the lot; the aptly-named Bam-Bam featuring the prized Wagyu beef patty is priced below RM30.
We shared a Harvey (RM16/USD5.30) a fish burger patty that was grilled instead of the more common method of coated with batter and then deep-fried, and (thankfully!) no lazy-smothering with mayonnaise with dill either.
Instead, the tarty dressing inspired by a zesty Thai-infused spread, coupled with the abundance of chopped red cabbage, coriander and mint leaves was a winner in all categories. Complete the ensemble with a serving of chunky cut fries served with shavings of cheese, truffle oil or chili flakes; and voila! Gourmet burger feast at almost fast food outlet price.
Aside from their fresh breads, pastries and confectioneries selection, there will be at least a few specials of the week; this beautiful Sunday we had a choice of Spiced Beans with Pesto Egg Custard and Lamb Sausage served with toasted Ciabatta bread (RM13/USD4.30), OR Churros with Deep Chocolate (RM12/USD4)
I picked the former; arriving in a petite mini wok still warm and filled with a delicious stew of beans and lamb sausage; sweetened by caramelized onions and tarty from the tomato-based gravy. The crispy toasted ciabattas were perfect to polish off the slurry; though the pesto egg custard left not much of a mark.
As for the lamb sausage? Bursting with flavours. Go try this already before they change the Specials on the board.
If you are here solely for the food or rushing through your day with a cup of Bristot coffee, then you DO NOT know what you are missing.
Go for a walk around the premise. The two shophouses that have been transformed into this mini haven within, yet retaining much of the dilapidated facade on the outside. Marvel at how the heritage exterior has been left almost untouched; and if not for the signage painted in bright orange against a black and white background on the upper floor, you will probably zoom past Burps & Giggles without even noticing its presence.
The back lane has been cordoned off from entry yet the Lazy Lane holds such an alluring aura to draw you near and get you seated al fresco-style. Please, do this early in the morning or after the sun has set, so that you won’t be drenched in sweat before your coffee arrives.
Almost every corner of the cozy space within B&G has been decorated with quirky paintings, charming ornaments, natural foliage of greens and flowers, or rustic furnitures making their presence felt after what-could-possibly be half a century in the lurch.
The front view of Burps & Giggles; spanning two lots on Jalan Sultan Yussuf (Belfield Street)
Cannelles, fresh banana breads, croissants, wraps, tartlets, etc are but some of the permanent fixtures there; most of these baked from the kitchen of Indulgence. The open kitchen helmed by a very capable lady chef whips up fresh breakfasts for the hungry souls, brunches for the late risers, and erm, satisfying burgers throughout the day.
From 3pm onwards daily, they serve a variety of tapas; so you can be assured of varieties and freshness. And remember how I started this post off with a lament? On the never-ending quest for a good spot for high tea?
I think I just found mine.
Beyond this alley, you shall find Nirvana. Well, almost. Just some of the most outrageously-delicious hawker food stalls in Ipoh.
BURPS & GIGGLES (pork-free) (Facebook page)
93 & 95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : +605-242 6188
Business Hours : 8am – 8pm, closed on Tuesdays.
e-mail : burps.giggles(at)indulgencerestaurant.com
GPS Coordinates :4.596488,101.07733 (Estimated)
Directions : Directly behind of Ipoh Kong Heng in old town, Ipoh.