Since the establishment of Burps & Giggles in 2012, it has inspired several similar cafés surrounding it, drastically changing the F&B scene in Ipoh. Whether from Kuala Lumpur or abroad, people are pouring into the sleepy mining town, especially after it was ranked in Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit in Asia. Buzzing with life now, local businesses are springing up like mushrooms after the rain, yet what really draws the crowds is the whimsically named trio: Burps & Giggles, Buku Tiga Lima and Missing Marbles.
“I truly believe that Ipoh has an abundance of talented entrepreneurs and am truly humbled that we have provided a little spark for current trends. Though the businesses around us do trade on similar product offerings, we will always strive to introduce new experiences and explore new ingredients through random research and encounters during our many food trips around the world,” Dexter informs.
Recently, he has just completed a project for the Old Block building next to Burps and Giggles, which is now leased out to the Capsule by Container Hotel group. “I am looking forward to sustaining our positive energy to improve Ipoh’s legacy,” he adds. As a person who values true conversation, Dexter would like to head back to the 1960s, when dialogues and debates were sincerely appreciated, and an entrepreneur’s personal ability was genuinely tested.