Burp! @ Bangsar

September 20, 2011

Burp: 1. To noisily release air from the stomach through the mouth. 2. A noise made by air released from the stomach through the mouth. 3. A food court in Bangsar Shopping Center that supplies a smorgasbord of Asian specialties.

Start with the Japanese section: Slippery, slurp-worthy mentaiko udon, speckled with roe.

Teppanyaki beef rolls. Burp could well be KL's friendliest food court, crowded with enthusiastically helpful folks behind the counters.

Try the Thai: pad thai, specifically, prepared by true-blue Thai citizens.

A little bit Indonesian: Nasi Bojari, not quite a replica of Madam Kwan's. The rice here is less fluffy but more fragrantly spiced up.

From Hong Kong, with love: Roast duck. Burp's food is well executed and tough to critique; nothing extraordinary, but consistently enjoyable.

Sticking to Malaysian fare the rest of the way: Claypot chicken rice with egg. Portions are hearty, but prices are at least 50 percent higher compared to neighborhood stalls.

Yong tau foo. The fantastic four: brinjal, bitter gourd, lady's fingers & chili.

Remembering my hometown: Malacca-style char mee, a source of sweet-savory stickiness.

Moving further south: Johor laksa, aromatic with herbs & coconut milk.

Cencaru bakar & paru goreng. Burnt hardtail scad & fried lungs? More or less.

Mamak is a must-have: Nasi kandar, flooded with a flavorsome combo of curries.

Meaty murtabak, made to order for maximum satisfaction.

All in all, it's rare to find such a vast variety of cuisines in one outlet at Bangsar. For that alone, Burp merits a visit. Business hours: 10am-10pm daily.

Collect a card on entry, have it swiped like a credit card at each stall while purchasing something, then pay for everything only when leaving the premises.

Burp! @ BSC,
The Asian Food Gallery,
4th Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.