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

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The All New Shanghai Brunch @ Shook! Starhill Gallery

Shook! in Starhill Gallery came up with their Sunday brunch buffet in Nov 2011, with Masquerades as the main theme. It was a great success and to keep things fresh, this year, starting April 1st, the team behind Shook! brings back the old taste of Shanghai with a unique blend of Western and Chinese fusion cuisine to please their diners further.

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A refreshing East meets West buffet concept suitable for the whole family, young or old, the moment you step into Shook!, you will be surrounded by a wide array of world-famous cuisines such as 8 Treasures Braised Duck, Crepe Suzette (French pancake of caramelised butter and sugar, filled with fruits and served with whipped cream, almond flakes and Curacao liqueurs in a flaming flambe!), sushi platter, antipasti and famous cheese such as Brie de Meaux, as well as men and women dressed up in their cheongsams and samfus, ready to serve you.

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Apart from the buffet spread, diners are also given an a la carte menu, where they can choose one signature dish, either from the Grill, Japanese, Chinese or Italian.

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My grilled Salmon fillet from the Japanese a la carte menu was fantastic; fresh and well-seasoned with a dash of black pepper.

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WMW‘s King Prawn Noodle from the Chinese menu came in a humongous portion, certainly worth every cent you pay for this! The big prawns were fresh and succulent, while the gravy was whipped to the right consistency, but I found the ginger taste a little bit overpowering the dish.

The chicken roll with glutinuous rice was an interesting combination, while the fresh spring roll was good albeit the slightly thick spring roll skin.

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I also love the onion pancakes, a traditional Chinese snack that is difficult to find nowadays, and the “mua chee”, glutinuous rice ball stuffed with dry black sesame paste and coated generously with crushed peanuts. As for dessert, the longan fruit tart with baked meringue topping was refreshing.

As for drinks, there is a wide selection of cocktails, mocktails, in-house pouring wine (Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir), champagne (Laurent Perrier Brut), juices and soft drinks to choose from. For your information, there are two pricing for the buffet brunch; should you choose to include free-flow champagne in your meal, it’s priced at RM268++. If food only, it’s priced at RM168++ (not including drinks).

We did tried their mocktail and cocktail; the Dragon Sunrise (RM21++) mocktail is made of dragon fruit, pineapple, orange and grenadine syrup, while the cocktail Fire Ong (RM40++) consists of Bailey’s, Kahlua and Sambuca – set aflame on a wine glass! That was certainly a sight to behold.

While you tuck in, your hearing senses will be pampered with songs you’ve grown up listening to, brought to you by the live band. Also, watch out for Chase, the magician and his sidekick Mime who is quirky, yet at the same time amused us with his balloon art.

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Shanghai Brunch is available every Sunday at 12pm onwards until 3.30pm, starting April 1st, 2012.
Shook! @ Starhill Gallery

RM268++ per person with free-flow champagne
RM168++ per person, food only

For reservations and enquiries, please contact 03-2719 8330.

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Oh My Pork! @ J Thean Kitchen

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OMG, I was actually drooling while editing the picture above! Heard of this place from WMW about their delicious pork dishes. Best of all, it is located just a few stones throw away from my house, convenient enough to drop by for lunch on weekend or dinner.

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Still relatively new, J Thean Kitchen was a kinda quiet that evening. The overall place is painted in white (including furniture) with some Chinese influence thrown in here and there. Easy to read menu, friendly waitresses, al fresco seating for those who smokes. Oh by the way, that J-Porky Bun (RM 16.90, picture above) came in a longish shape, served together with potato wedges and fried mantou bun instead of the usual burger bun. If there were two things to compliment about this bun, it would be a) the pork patty and b) the fried mantou bun. The patty was juicy, thick enough to satiate a pork-lover’s appetite and well-seasoned. The fried mantou bun further elevate the experience with its crispy exterior. Each bite sent my mouth and brain into “food orgasm”, no kidding!

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Their fusion bak kut teh (RM 10.90) tasted just right to me, however I did not try the belly meat as they were too fatty to my liking (you can choose the cuts of meat you like, in this case, CK loves his meat fat). Having tasted so much different types of bak kut teh recently, I personally feel that J Thean’s version is slightly less greasy.

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For dessert, try the Melaka Rainbow – chilled gula melaka with coconut milk, chewy red jelly bits and sago. The mango pudding was okay too, although the colour made it looked kinda artificial, the texture is similar to a caramel custard with mango bits in it.

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SS2 Mall is still been pretty quiet nowadays even when after Celebrity Fitness Express opened its doors. Let’s hope that J Thean Kitchen would stay on and there would be increase traffic to the place soon. In the mean time, if you’re a pork-lover, you could help out as well – just drop by J Thean! (if you haven’t do so)

J Thean Kitchen
Lot G-58, Ground Floor,
SStwo Mall,
40, Jalan SS2/72,
47300 Petaling Jaya.

*Also available – FatBoyBakes and PureGlutton’s thoughts on this place.