Midday sun…

We braved the scorching midday sun that day to come to this place for lunch. Actually, Yee Ling had been there before on her last trip but she did not bring her camera so she was not able to take any photographs of the place nor the food so this time around, she particularly requested that I took her there again.

Of course, I ordered what I would consider to be the best of the best for everybody to enjoy like their belimbing prawns, for instance…

Payung belimbing prawns

…and their otak-otak

Payung otak otak

Mandy is not really a fan of otak-otak and she did not really like the one that we had at this restaurant but she thought this was really very good. I only had a bit so that the others could have more to relish and I found that they had improved on the taste – more fragrant with all kinds of exotic ingredients and more spicy. My bone to pick would be the fact that I noticed it was getting smaller and smaller even though the price had been maintained. Tsk! Tsk!

Another reason why I did not eat much of the otak-otak was that I had ordered this ikan keli (cat fish) cooked in soy sauce with lots of ginger and whatever else…

Payung ikan keli in soy sauce & ginger

…only to discover that none of the others would eat this particular variety of fish. Thus, I had to eat all of it by myself in the end.

Yee Ling also ordered their mushroom roll and this plate of spaghetti carbonara for her daughters to share…

Payung spaghetti carbonara

I also ordered the Sibu’s own original jelly pisang for Mandy to try…

Payung jelly pisang

…and at the same time, I ordered this durian ice cream for myself…

Payung durian ice cream

The last time my West Malaysian blogger-friends were here, they had that and they loved it a lot…so ever since then, I had been dying to drop by to try it myself.

Was it good? Well, Yee Ling’s daughter wanted to try too…

Let me try 1

…so she helped herself to a bit of it…

Let me try 2

…and she went, “Yummmmmm!!!!”


LOL!!! As we all know, kids are candid and frank, always unpretentious…so that photo says it all! I must say that on my part, I certainly liked it a lot!

After that delightful lunch, we got back into my old car and the little girls were grumbling about the heat. Yes, it was very very hot and after having been parked in the open for just a little while, it was like an oven when we got inside despite the air-conditioning. They wanted to have their afternoon nap, so I took them all back to their hotel. That’s the thing when you’re travelling with children – your time is never your own…and in the meantime, I went back home myself and had a snooze too until it was time to pick them up again and take them out for dinner…

Author: suituapui

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41 thoughts on “Midday sun…”

  1. hahaha…the daughter must have gotten that pose from the mother… yes, the otak kiu chui… kecut liao…

    I had that keli fish too, it was wonderful and they dunno what they were missing.

    You meant you have yet to try the icecream durian? where is the pomelo salad? hmmm… payung is one of the best there is in Sibu. Nice env, nice food, very windy too…

    I did. We shared one though… Certainly will go back again for more! So very nice! We did not order the pomelo salad – and that guy was not around. 😦 Ya…love the keli but I forgot to bring along my own XO brandy. Add that…and it will be simply out of this world. Yummmmmm!!!!!

  2. Looks tasty! Durian ice cream would be fun to try… when I had the fruit many years ago, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had heard about…

    It was very good. I certainly would go back for more. πŸ˜‰ By the way, your first time here, Jonathan – a warm welcome and thanks for dropping by and commenting. Will link you in my blogroll. Cheers.

  3. Looks good… the durian ice cream I would like to try! When I had the fruit many years ago it wasn’t nearly as bad as people said…

    Ah! Duplicate comment. Your first one was awaiting moderation. Never mind, the more the merrier. πŸ˜‰

  4. I love otak-otak, would have walloped a few packages myself :p I am a fan of ikan keli too. I think its flesh is very silky smooth and pretty much taste good whether fried or steamed. My friends all don’t take ikan keli as well because they think its sort of unhygienic. My motto is “big bacteria eat small bacteria” a.k.a. “dai kuan sek sai kuan”! LOL!

    Like SuperWeightKoalabear says – they don’t know what you’re missing…and you don’t know otak-otak until you’ve tried these. Nothing like Penang’s, nothing like Muar’s, nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Really good. Getting cold in Auckland, I think – it’s so very hot here…all my fat’s melting! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  5. the prawns looked pretty big and succulent. Anyways I’m also not the otak-otak fan too. I find it too mushy.

    You’re talking about the Penang one, I’m sure. The Muar one’s like fish ball texture. This one’s very different – a class of its own…and you can actually taste the fish texture – like canned tuna and the overall taste is simply out of this world. Really very nice!

  6. The durian ice-cream looks good la….One day, I should drop by this place to try the food. Is it near town area? around lanang?

    20F Lanang Road. Block of shops facing Lanang Road…right behind the Kingwood new extension (back to back), the one on the extreme left. You’ve never been there? Hmmmm…you do not know what you’re missing. Expensive…portions small but the food is awesome, the ambience is great and the staff so nice and friendly. I love that place!

  7. Wa wa ,,you must really have the power of “wooing” lah, see you have been successful of wooing those bloggers from the Pennisula to go over to your home town, well done, and that’s Ling in da house, kan?

    Yup! That’s her all right. You just click the link on her name and you’ll get to her blog…and this is her SECOND trip! I’m glad that there are people who so kesian kat I, came over for a visit…but were they in for a surprise? All their reviews in their posts when they went back said it all – they love everything here (except papakucing who kept complaining that the hotel had no lift)!

    Even Mandy – when her friends and colleagues heard that she was coming, they all asked her why she wanted to come this lousy place, nothing here bla…bla..bla… You ask Mandy now and see what she will tell you about Sibu. So hopefully, when others hear or read all the praises and favourable comments, they would want to come too.

  8. The otak2 seems to be getting smaller lor…..if not mistaken it cost RM8. Too bad..that person was not there else we can get another pamelo salad….LOL!!!

    Gosh….the last pic**slapped forehead* Macam gangster.

    It’s more than that, either RM12 or RM16. Things at Payung are not cheap…but you cannot find anything like it anywhere else and the best part – they taste sooooo good! The mushroom roll is rM8, I think. Yalor…I was hoping he could be around – no luck that day. The partner/towkay so kiam siap one. Hehehehehehehe!!!!

  9. The little child is cute. Yeah, traveling with kids limits your travel but it is fun to be with the kids. I, for one, have no problem traveling with children. I even play with them, even the childish games.

    You must be like Mandy then. With 20 nieces and nephews, she’s very experienced…and was a great help with the girls when they were here.

  10. i like that belimbing prawns and otak-otak.. but am curious what was sprinkled on the spaghetti carborana?? doesn’t look like cheese to me~~

    Dunno, didn’t try. I just assume that’s a sprinkling of parmesan, no?

  11. the pisang jelly looks good for the scorching afternoon but no thanks for the durian ice cream :p

    Hmmm…like I always say, tak kenal maka tak cinta. I don’t like durians much but I love the ice cream. Yummmmm!!!!!

  12. Yes it is a hot day and good to enjoy cold ice cream. But no thanks, not durian flavour for me! :0

    Oh? Thought you’re originally from Kapit? Lots of durians there…and those fish worth their weight in gold…and wild boar! Yum yum!!!!!

  13. Yee Ling’s daughter is soooo cute! I would love an ice cream on a hot day as well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Anytime, just get over here right now!!! πŸ˜‰

  14. that otak-otak up there looks so “meaty”. Bet it must be nice πŸ™‚ *drooling liao*

    It is, it most certainly is. Very very nice!

  15. What is the thingy sprinkled on top of the ikan keli dish? Looks like some pork floss. The dishes really look so good. Anyway, how come you never order the banana jelly and durian ice cream for me to try last time?

    Ginger, not pork floss…so finely grated or pounded and fried. No durian ice cream then, you have to come quickly while they are still serving it to get to eat that. Dunno why I did not order jelly pisang – I thought I did…or maybe it was because Simon doesn’t eat fruits of any kind?

    1. I see, sayang Simon but not the rest of us.But true also lar simon don’t eat fruits and he particularly hates banana..it would take him more than an hour to finish a banana with lots of gagging drama etc…hahaha.I think J and I would love it though.

      Ok, check! Two jelly pisang…when you all come to Sibu again. Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. Wah belimbing in a prawn dish… sounds so unique!!

    They’re not starfruit as most people would know it though. These are small oval fruits with the texture of starfruit but are very very sour. Very nice for cooking fish or prawns.

  17. ARghhhhhhhhhh…PAYUNG CAFE!!! Belimbing prawns……durian ice cream…sobs sobs…got pomelo salad ka?

    Don’t blame me! *points accusing finger at Yee Ling…she insisted on going there for a second round! LOL!!! No pomelo salad, the guy not there…and I asked everyone but nobody wanted so I did not order. The guava salad is also nice, I had that before.

  18. I like otak-otak…, durian ice cream not so much. I’m always a chocolate fan.

    I think my West Malaysian blogger friends had something chocolate when they were there. The cafe also serves banana cake with ice cream, sometimes chocolate and sometimes vanilla. Not a fan of chocolate icecream but it sure goes well with the banana cake…

  19. Durian Ice cream? never tried it myself. but that does look nice, weird… but i cant blame you. πŸ™‚

    I will be going back for more, that’s for sure. Wanna come along? πŸ˜‰

  20. Food looks good. Ikan keli, would never touch it and would call it ikan geli instead. Last pix, Yee Ling’s princess is sooooooooo cute.

    LOL!!! You’re not alone – many would not touch the fish…and yet they would go for the unagi at the Japanese restaurants. Same, aren’t they? Or at least, they’re all in the family? Never mind! Nobody wants to eat – good. Prices will stay low and I can enjoy it all by myself. Hehehehehehe!!!

    Yes, Yee Ling has two sweet and pretty girls…

  21. Really salute Yee Ling la… bringing two female “bodyguards” along this time… so they stayed at the same hotel in town?

    Yup…it’s so much cheaper and they all got rooms on the 1st Floor. Mandy thought it was a bit noisy though… Should try another place if anybody else is coming, but they may need to pay a bit more.

  22. i love ikan keli! awesome sweet rich fish! yummy!

    and of course the belimbing prawn. hmmmm i wonder if we have enough belimbing at my in laws for her to cook me something sour and spicy.

    Ahhhhh!!!! Finally, another one with great taste. Everybody does not seem to want to eat it. Tsk! Tsk! Lucky you! You can just get them from your in-laws…we would have to buy at the market. 😦

  23. Yee Ling’s cili padi is so cute! I love ice-cream and durian. Put them together and I’m sure I’ll like it better πŸ˜€

    They’re introducing mango today. Hmmm…will have to go and try. The last time, they had cempedak…but I’m not crazy about the smell of the fruit.

  24. Belimbing prawns?? That’s interesting! Oh how come they didn’t like the fish? I’d love it if I were there! πŸ™‚

    All of them have this thing about ikan keli. I love it! The meat so smooth, so sweet… Yum!!!

  25. Payung, maybe i would love to try that Jelly pisang and otak otak, look very good.

    Oh, Yee Ling travel there with her two girls? Her hub not follow? Wow..very terror Yee ling!

    Yes, the hot hot hot weather. I thought it is hot in India, coming back here, here also hot, but not as bad as in India!! I sweat like no tomorrow!! tsk tsk tsk. Lucky yesterday afternoon the thunder storm sweep the hot weather away.

    Yup! Been raining since they left. Quite heavy today, so cool day. Was very very hot when they were here. Ya…her hubby didn’t come but the girls were pretty ok and there was Mandy to help out, not too bad really. Come, we’ll go to Payung when you’re here… Yummmmm!!!!!

  26. every kids love ice cream…and afraid of the heat! haha….my two will fight for ice cream and will complain when the weather is too hot.

    Kids nowadays. Their lives are so good…

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