The Charm of Ipoh Old Town: Burps & Giggles

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It was a visual feast the moment we stepped into the rustic, but quirky Burps & Giggles, occupying two pre-war shoplots in Ipoh old town (Ipohans should have no problem recognising the old U.S. Peter dressmaking signboard).

Burps & Giggles is the third and latest brainchild of chef and restauranteur Julie Song (the first was the famed Indulgence, followed by Allegra) – a tapas (or more accurately known as “pincho“) bar and bistro. Big, heavy main course are not their forte as they focuses primarily on small bites but if you must have something more substantial for the tummy, they serves burgers, pastries and sandwiches too (baked fresh daily from their main kitchen in Indulgence).

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Word of mouth about this place has been all over Facebook, so when we dropped by one fine Sunday, as expected, the place was packed to the brim. We eventually chose to sit at the bar top with natural lighting from above. We had Harvey (RM16), a fish burger that was grilled instead of the conventional deep fried. Studded with coriander and mint leaves, coupled with a tarty Thai-infused dressing and abundant of chopped veggies, the patty has a texture resembling firm tofu.

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My Jammy (RM18), combination of Angue beef patty, jalapeno, cheese, tomato jam, onion and tomato doesn’t look very appetising but alas, the patty was juicy and moist (luckily), with add-on thick cut fries (I opted for truffle oil but couldn’t really taste the subtle flavour of it, probably my tongue is overwhelmed by the beefy taste of the burger).

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Feeling a little greedy, we chose something else from the pastry counter as well. The Passionfruit Sugee Cake has a crumbly texture but I like the tangy topping which complements the cake, however, my sister finds the topping too sour to her liking. She finds her Banana Muffin fares better, though.

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If you’re looking for some light bites after lunch hour or to “lepak” with your friends over couple of drinks and cakes, do try out their tapas after 3pm daily – I heard they serves quite a mean spread of it.

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Burps & Giggles (Halal)
93 & 95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
(Behind Kong Heng in Ipoh old town)

Tel: 05-242 6188
Business Hours: 8am – 8pm, closed on Tuesdays.
Email: burps.giggles@indulgencerestaurant.com

Want more pictures? Try sharonisme and EatDrinkKL.

The Charm of Ipoh Old Town: Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

Continuing from our first stop, we made our next stop at Kedai Kopi Ah Chow (literally translated as Ah Chow coffee shop), which is located at the row of shops behind Hong Hin. A mere walking distance, anyone could just hop over to Nam Heong (where the Old Town White Coffee idea were born), Sin Yoon Loong, Sun Yuan Foong, Hoong Tho for a quick coffee dose. The Motormouth needs his caffeine fix, or else he would be limping back to the car while screaming that his head hurts and unable to walk in a straight line.

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Ipoh Old Town has come a long way to what we see today. Still remember how my parents would bring us siblings to Sin Yoon Loong for breakfast on Sunday morning before dropping us over to the old uncle barber at Pasar Jalan Patrick (Patrick Street Wet Market) for haircut. We were merely in primary school then.

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Back to Ah Chow; tables were mostly occupied when we arrived, therefore we had to share ours with a guy and his daughter. And his daughter would pose whenever we points our cameras. Couldn’t resist to post this up. :)

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One can trust the avid coffee drinker such as Motormouth as where to look for a good ol’ cup of coffee or teh tarik (pulled-milk tea). Ah Chow serves a potent concoction of my favourite Ipoh beverage – the sweetness and bitter note were on spot and perfectly balanced. I’m not die-hard coffee fan but if I could choose, I would only go for Ipoh’s white coffee (not the instant Ipoh white coffee, though!).

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Their soft-boiled eggs on toast are one of the better ones (I had toasts with cold soft-boiled eggs before, the horror!) as those folks at Ah Chow will only prepare them upon ordering and not in big batches as the fast-food chain would do. Crisp, buttery toasts paired heavenly with the runny yolks. A few dashes of pepper and soy sauce elevate the experience to higher note. The toasts with butter and their home-made pandan (screwpine leaves), egg and coconut jam (pandan kaya) was another good choice if you don’t fancy soft-boiled egg.

Other than those mentioned above, Motormouth claimed that their HK chee cheong fun, curry noodles and roasted pork were not too bad as well.

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Came across this sundry shop across the street. Look at those clogs and biscuit tins! Nostalgia…

Kedai Kopi Ah Chow
31, Jalan Bandar Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Business Hour: Opens from early morning (6am) till late noon, around 1pm-2pm.

The Charm of Ipoh Old Town: Hong Hin

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Not long ago, I blogged about the 83 years history of Yut Kee. And barely 6 months after that, we were surprised by the news (well, maybe not to everyone) that government has set their eyes on the neighbouring Jalan Sultan and its nearby vicinity (including partial of Jalan Petaling a.k.a. Chinatown) to be converted into a upcoming MRT station.

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I might not like Petaling street that much but for loyal old-timers who thronged that place for their daily errands or routines, imagine what will be-fallen them when that day comes. Things certainly will not be the same anymore for them. It’s really a shame that heritage and history have to be sacrificed in the name of development.

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Hence, I came up with this pilot post on Ipoh Old Town. This old part of Ipoh used to be my favourite hunting ground for breakfast and it still is even to this day. Rapid development has not invaded Ipoh yet, but no one would know what future lies in beyond.

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Alright, back to food. My parents told me that this eatery sells Hakka taufu, which is supposingly stuffed beancurd with minced fish paste and salted fish mixture. However, it always missed my mind until last month – together with partner-in-makan, I finally made my way here. Most eateries in Old Town are crowded to the max especially on weekend, but the reason behind it is debatable – whether that particular place is really famous or people are coming over because other places are full?

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The Hakka noodles served wasn’t the same as we usually get from Yin Yau Kui (moved to the opposite shop and called Restoran Paris now) or Toast & Roast. Reason – the absence of minced meat. Instead, the Hakka noodle was just used as an alternative choice for those who might dislike yellow mee, beehoon or hor fun. The noodles did not made us going ooohs and aaahs but the yong liew did, particularly the fishballs (huh, not the beancurd??). By the way, if you have no idea what liew to choose from, just leave it to the aunty to decide for you. And shockingly cheap, the fishballs were priced at RM0.30 and beancurd at RM0.50 per piece! Where to find such price tag in Klang Valley!?

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With this, part one of the charming Ipoh Old Town is done… for now. Let’s hope that part two will be up soon (assuming that my upcoming schedule won’t be drown with classes or my PlayStation 3 does not beckon to me).

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Hong Hin (non-HALAL)
51, Jalan Sultan Yusuff,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
*Opposite of Batu Pahat Goldsmith

Business hour: Opens early, say about 7am till sold out. Best to go before 8.30am!