In my previous post, I mentioned that a cousin of mine was in town and I took her here for dinner as she insisted on having the jelly pisang – a drink that she used to enjoy at that Ban Chuan coffee shop here in Sibu when she was still very young and had not had since.

Well, she had her wish granted even though it was not exactly like what we had way back then – here, they would substitute the shaved ice with vanilla ice cream (RM7.00). Of course, it is also very nice this way but some of us would tend to cling to the memories of what we had in the good ol’ days gone by.

I tried the longhouse chicken (RM16.00) that night…

Payung longhouse chicken

…which was supposed to be something like ayam pansuh except that it was not cooked in bamboo. We felt that it had the taste but in our opinion, it was way too mild. We would prefer it to be stronger and other than all that they already had in it, they could have added some more things that we would find in the ethnic delicacy – things like daun bungkang, tapioca leaves, daun kunyit (tumeric leaf – the Bidayuhs would have that in their pansuh) and so on. Other than that, we were quite put off by the fact that they added a bit of cornflour to thicken the sweet, natural juices from the chicken plus all the ingredients used. We did tell the boss all this so hopefully, the next time around, it would be more to our satisfaction.

They did tell me that it was just meat cooked in tomato sauce so all this while, I did not bother to order their Indian red curry chicken (RM16.00)…

Payung red curry chciken

…to try but that night, I did. True enough, it was meat in tomato sauce and not what I had expected – something like ayam masak merah (red-cooked chicken). The saving grace was that it was very spicy and that made it taste pretty good as a whole. The gravy went very well with the rice. For this dish, you can have the option of either chicken or beef.

The boss gave me this dish of guang ming duck to try…

Payung guang ming duck

…on the house. It had a lot of the chopped daun kesum (Vietnamese coriander/mint) on top and that, I would say, is an acquired taste. Those who are not accustomed to eating such herbs and leaves may be put off by that and I must say that I thought it had a very peculiar taste at the start but as I went on eating, it sort of grew on me and I began to like it more and more. But I would think that they should not add cornflour to thicken the gravy in this dish as well – something that is very common in Chinese cooking.

We also had the guava salad (RM7.00)..and my cousin loved the mushroom roll (RM8.00) a lot but what took her breath away and rendered her absolutely breathless was the otak-otak (RM13.00). She instantly placed orders for a few to be wrapped up nicely so she could take them home with her when she went back the following day.

All in all, she enjoyed the dinner and would definitely love to drop by this cafe again if ever she had the opportunity to come to Sibu again.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

21 thoughts on “Breathless…”

  1. I must tell Ah Jib Kor to make you the Mayor Of Sibu!! You have promoted all the food and shops so much. Perhaps you also can be the Minister of Food Affairs! LOL….

    Yes, yes…and give me a fat salary to eat…eat…eat! LOL!!! 😀

  2. The guava salad really tempts me as I had never tried this, so innovative! Someday you might brag that you ate durian salad too! Ha ha ha!

    Not salad…but ice cream. I loved their ice cream with fresh durian…but not available right now – durian’s not in season. 😦

  3. hmm…… never tried ayam pansuh before, looks oily but does it tastes oily ? very hard to find these in penang 😥

    It’s not oily – absolutely no oil at all involved in the cooking. The traces of oil would be from the fat of the chicken. Don’t think you can find this anywhere over at your side. Even here, we can’t get it…unless we cook our own. The Borneo Cultural Festival is starting this weekend and will go on for a week…and you can guess what I will buy from the food stalls. Ayam pansuh!!!! Yaaaaaa!!!!! 😀

  4. Ok…I won’t click on the links…let me guess….must be Payung isit?

    Oh you so evil..makes me miss that cafe pulak

    No plans to come again… I think there are cheap fares even MAS – RM81, all inclusive…. May be cheaper than AA, if you add this and add that.

  5. Next time take us there… I love trying different culture type of food, herbs or no herbs, I dont mind as long as it is something new… like the sago worms!! hahaha…

    You came here that time, didn’t you? Well, they are always trying something new…so there will be a chance to sample different stuff most of the time. 🙂

  6. fuyoh, new template!! and this time lusty pink!! haha, but suitable for your food blog to stimulate the appetite, haha!!

    Lusty eh? LOL!!! Just trying out some new themes…may change it if I can find anything better. 😉

  7. OMG I’m probably late but that’s an awesome new blog design you have there! 🙂

    The ayam pansuh that’s not an ayam pansuh looks good too. Now that’s something I usually eat only once a year! I wouldn’t mind having it right about now. 😀

    I just changed it! Still working on it…so there may be minimal cosmetic changes. Borneo Cultural Festival starts this Saturday for a week – any chance of you hopping home? Would love to see you again… 😉

  8. yalah, sometimes just have to try something you may have get unexpected surprises!! but why is cooking the meat in just tomato sauce taste so hot?? hidden lots of chili inside there??

    I guess it’s tomato sauce with a whole lot of blended hot chilies – they say it’s an Indian dish…so it’s nothing like our Malaysian masak merah.

  9. breathless? gasping for air?
    stuffed too much on foods..hahaha! I guess so? right?
    by the way, you’d changed your layout! so pinkish and feminish! Nice ! ^^

    Maroon? As in Maroon 5? LOL!!! I tried blue but it did not look so good… Still trying out others – may change again eventually. Well, breathless as in it was so good it took one’s breath away…and left one breathless! 😉

  10. OOhh new blog layout in pink! 😛 Love it! hehe
    I don’t like Vietnamese coriander, I usually take them out of my bowl when I order pho, I guess I won’t be enjoying that free dish of chicken!

    I don’t really like too…but gradually, I’m acquiring the taste. Not too bad after a while. Hmmmm….you like my new blog theme? Good! Good! LOL!!!

  11. Nice layout of your blog. I have always love ayam pansuh and the Indian curry looks exactly like what you say, ayam masak merah. But I much prefer ayam masak hitam. The packing of Liza brand ayam masak hitam has a new outlook now (new packaging). Just bought it recently.

    Oh? I have not bought for a long time. My missus not really crazy about it, so I don’t usually cook at home. Borneo Cultural Festival starting next Saturday for one week… Come, come!!!! Got ayam pansuh and all kinds of food!!!

  12. I love otak-otak but I can’t take the spicy one! Recently found a restaurant in Penang that suits my preference 😀

    This one is heaps better than the Penang or the Muar one. Many people do not like those…but they love this one…a lot!

  13. The dish looks very yummy. Jelly pisang?? Never try it before. Cannot find in kuching leh

    Can. The Harbour View Hotel Cafe – the one-time manageress, also from the Ban Chuan Sibu time, introduced it there…and I think it caught on – saw banners advertising it at some other cafes in Kuching. Maybe not anymore…

  14. jelly pisang? Is that made of bananas and jello?

    Yup…and evaporated milk & syrup…and the original one had shaved ice – this one, they use vanilla ice cream. Nice! Very easy to make actually.

  15. No need to click the link, once i see “jelly pisang” i know where you go already.

    They have new items in the menu? Longhouse chicken look good, but i read you said they put cornflour to thicken it? Eeeee..not suppose to be a soup dish?

    Not try their guava salad, but i love their pomelo salad..very refreshing.

    I had their pomelo that day – not nice, not sweet the pomelo… I think guava is nicer. Pansuh…not really soup – the juices supposed to come out of the chicken during cooking…and not supposed to be thickened with cornflour also. Al;ready told the boss – hope he has improved on it.

  16. The pomelo salad sounds good. Must make this at home after I come back from Ipoh. The pomelo from Ipoh is much sweeter.

    As sweet and juicy as Sibu’s? You had some when you were here… 😉

  17. seeing so many nice dishes on your blog makes me miss my maid. When there is a helper, i could just get anything i want to eat from the wet market and ask her to clean them, prepare ingredients. now, it’s tapau most of the time. at home i cook only plain dishes 😦

    Yes, it certainly is nicer with a helper in the house…or to me, at least…but my missus has this thing about maids so we have not had one for a long long time…and we will just have to work things out ourselves, not that I like it or enjoy it. 😦

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