The second time…

My blogger-friend of the now-almost dormant Kampua Talk, Clare, was in town again on Monday for a meeting and we went out for lunch at…

Payung Cafe, Sibu

…where else but Payung Café. Only there can you get to see flowers like these all over.

She wanted the otak otak rice (RM12.00) that I had on my previous visit which also happened to be my first…

Payung's otak otak

…because I was not the only one praising it to the skies. On her last visit, while waiting at the departure lounge at the airport in Sibu, she overheard two ladies talking, one of whom went after reading the feature in The Star and she was telling her friend how very nice the food at this café was – the otak otak, the fruit salad and what have you.

Clare loved it, of course…and what I had was also very nice – Payung beef rice, Thai-style (RM12.00)…

Payung Thai-style beef rice

I really wonder what they use to marinate and cook their dishes as everything seemed to be oozing with flavours. They all tasted really great including this mixed vegetable salad (RM7.00) that I ordered…

Payung's mixed vegetable salad

The proprietor of the café, Peter, said that it was Indonesian…but I felt the taste was something like the seasoning that came with the pad Thai noodles that I had featured in my post a few days ago. I still have a packet of the noodles, so perhaps I can fry them in our usual char kway teow style and use the seasoning to make some kind of salad like this one. I certainly will feature that in a future post if it turns out nice.

Anyway, to get back to our lunch, for dessert, I had this superb banana cake with chocolate ice cream (RM7.00)…

Payung's banana cake with chocolate ice cream

Both Clare and I enjoyed it tremendously.

Clare also ordered the jelly pisang (RM7.00) that I also had on my previous visit…

Payung's jelly pisang

… – the celebrated specialty of the Ban Chuan Coffee Shop here in Sibu during my teenage days but unfortunately, she is too young to know about all this.

That certainly was a sumptuous lunch and the best part was that when I went to settle the bill, Peter said that Clare had already paid when I “went out for some fresh air”. Thanks a lot for the treat, Clare – we’ll go again and it will be on me next time around.

But wait a minute! Something else happened just before we were about to leave the place. Two of my ex-colleagues from one of my former schools also stopped by there for lunch…and they were obviously curious as to who the SYT (sweet young thing) with me was and were trying to ask me via their gestures and facial expressions. I nonchalantly introduced her to them as “my friend, Clare” and said nothing more and was so amused by the mystified looks on their faces… I really wonder what wild imaginings they must have had running through their heads at that point in time as we got into my car and drove off together… Muahahahahaha!!!