Let’s do it again…

I have this problem whereby in the event that I come across something really very nice, the next time I drop by the place, I would not be able to eat that same thing or else I would not have anything to blog about as I can’t jolly well be featuring it over and over again. Thus, I would have to opt for something else which may not be quite Β as satisfying.

Take this cafe, for instance – one of my favourites in town…

Payung table decor

…and one that I have been to lots of times and I have brought so many friends there as well…and the food is so good that many would make a beeline back to the place to enjoy what they have on the menu…like Huai Bin, for one. Well, I was there not too long ago with my friend from KL and his missus and a few days later, my friend, Jimmy, from Bintulu, dropped by and since he had never been there before, I just had to bring him there.

I tried the Indian red curry chicken before and did not think it was that great – I reckoned it was just chicken cooked in tomato sauce with lots of chili thrown in…so this time around, I decided to try the beef…

Indian red curry - beef

I thought it was a little bit nicer than the chicken, not much…but given a choice between the two, I would choose this one.

We had the green curry chicken

Green curry chicken

…before as well and it is one of the nicer options available there.

Of course, anyone who comes to dine at this place MUST order their otak-otak (fish paste)…

Payung otak-otak

…which is like no other anywhere else in the country and I can confidently say that it is simply THE best. All the other versions will have to take a back seat, that’s for sure!

We also had their special mushroom roll…

Mushroom roll

…and their very nice durian ice cream for dessert.

I also ordered their banana split…

Payung banana split

…which is new on their menu to give it a try and it includes three scoops of ice cream of different flavours on a bed of bananas sliced lengthwise…and a variety of fruits in place of the usual sprinkling of chocolate rice elsewhere. I thought it was all right – nothing to shout about and not something I would be dying to have again…and then the boss treated us to this for us to sample – their Mulu ice cream…

Payung Mulu ice cream

I guess many of you would have heard of Mount Mulu and the world-renowned Mulu Caves. Well, one look at the dessert would give you a fair idea why it has been thus named. It does look like a plateau or a section of a mountain cliff, don’t you think? So what is it actually? Well, you have layers of chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream topped with rich cream plus a generous amount of crusty and crunchy toasted muesli – oats, raisins and all – a winning combination, I must say. Simply out of this world and rest assured that I certainly would order that should I happen to drop by the place again.

All in all, the bill came up to RM77.00…but it looks like you will have to come back again, Jimmy, as you have not had their belimbing prawns yet. Come, come to Sibu again…and let’s do it again…one more time!

Author: suituapui

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32 thoughts on “Let’s do it again…”

  1. I totally agree! Payung is one of the best hidden gems in town. πŸ™‚

    I like their otak otak too, cheers for bringing me there last time!

    They have durian ice cream? I had their durian shake last time but I didn’t know they have ice cream, love how they have daily specials on the menu. Cheers! πŸ™‚

    Always my pleasure, “Arthur’s friend”. We can drop by there again when you’re back – and try the things you haven’t tried yet… πŸ™‚

    1. Haha! Yeah I still remember that.

      I was referred to as “Arthur’s friend” when I went next. πŸ˜€

      See ya when I get back!

      I’ll be right here waiting…for youuuu!!!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Now I have to stop by Sibu when I am back visiting my folks!!!! Take me out for nice makan k? πŸ™‚

    No problem, no problem at all. When will that be?

  3. That otak otak looks delicious. I have been wanting to make. Must try one of these days. And that Mulu ice cream looks strangely interesting….haha. I thought it was kuih πŸ˜›

    I did not like the name, Mulu – not very exciting…and the description did not turn me on…so the boss gave me one serving and insisted that I tried. Ooooo…it was soooo good! Will definitely order again next time I drop by. Their otak2 is simply the best. Mine was a flop, nowhere near… 😦

  4. The mushroom roll looks like popiah. I must say that I am intrigued by the Mulu ice cream. Oh….that one I would certainly love to eat!

    It is popiah…with mushroom inside, a butter-cheese kind of taste…and parmesan sprinkled on top, very nice and very popular! Come on over, and you can get to try all these – can’t find anywhere else…

  5. I had green curry chicken in Bangkok before, which is quite good. Ipoh does not seem to have this dish. I like the Mulu ice cream…must be very good!

    No green curry in Ipoh. Got lah! Try the Thai restaurants – there should be a few there, bound to have green curry. Yes, I would go back for that Mulu ice cream, first chance I get! πŸ˜‰

  6. I haven’t tried the mushroom roll and of course the durian ice cream.Totally and wholeheartedly agree with you that their otak-otak is the nicest one around. Like you, I simply love that place, nice decor, elegant and the fact that that place got eye candy, what more can one wants… ahaks!

    I will try cooking that mushroom roll one of these days, see if I can come out with anything that is as nice as theirs. Hmmm…eye candy not around on my last few visits, must be busy… πŸ˜‰

  7. No banana cake? And their jelly pisang. But you’re right, one of the best places in Sibu.

    We had those when I went with my friends from KL but not this time around. Must try other stuff…and share in my blog mah. πŸ˜‰ Ok, looking at the comments so far – we have had thumbs up from the US, from NZ… Now, where are those from KL (Huai Bin’s from Sibu, I guess…LOL!!!) and Ipoh who were here before? Come, come…show some love, peeps!!!

  8. the otak-otak looks so good!! simply THE best in Sibu or over the nation?? haha.. i also like the Mulu ice cream, although i don’t really fancy chocolate flavored ice cream and cakes, but this photo kind of looks good with the toasted muesli.. and why no photo of the inside of the special mushroom roll, i want to see how special it is..

    In Sibu? In Malaysia? I refrain from making a response lest you say I’m biased. Ask all those who came and had tasted it before… Inside the mushroom roll? Thinly sliced mushrooms lah…what is so nice to see? Always want to see inside one, you!!! Blush! Blush! πŸ˜€

  9. The food presentation really looks good and delicious. I like the Mulu Ice Cream….really looked like Caves! Why don’t they stick some bats onto it? The way you described the ingredients for Mulu was fascinating to make me salivate. I will bookmark this place. I wonder when I will ever make a trip to Sibu again. All the friends there have relocated to Kuching and KL pula. Never mind, King Arthur is there!

    Yalor!!! Come, come. I’m here… Did you manage to grab some free seats last night? AA having a sale at midnight… I hear it’s not cheap, bluff one. 😦

  10. The Mulu ice cream looks like a winner and wickedly wicked! Pssst…and if the “eye candy” were to be the one serving the otak-otak to you-know-who, she no need to makan loh, too busy feasting her eyes on the hot bod πŸ˜‰

    Dunno. That, you will have to ask her. Didn’t even know she had her eyes on him when we were there, curi-curi peeping away.

    1. Haaa…gossip about me,eh? Got one look like HK actor, a cross between Andy Lau n Leslie Cheung but younger version lar ( one of the boss) n got some look like Shah Rukh Khan( the workers). Yoong, you will like lar as u like them all tanned. I only like pale vampires πŸ™‚

      Hahahahaha!!!! Hey, I saw his pic – when he was young – studying in NZ, I think…so very handsome then lah! Those movie stars also kalah! Now, old liao… LOL!!!

      1. Arthur, the one in the yoga class? Quite cute leh. Aiyah, those 2 movie stars tak pass lah, Shereen. I’m United Colours of Benetton (not racist at all) πŸ˜‰

        I just checked. He was in Melbourne in his younger days, not NZ.

    2. which one is the “eye candy” there? How come i never realise there is one there? hmmm…

      Next time we go, I tell you lah…but if you ask me, not really lah! These ladies not very good taste in men. Muahahahahaha!!!!

  11. Wow, banana split, definitely my choice. Love it. Can feel the ice cream melting in my mouth.

    I’m just ok with banana split – just ice cream on split bananas. Would rather go for something else…

  12. The mushroom roll looks interesting! How was it made?? And the banana split looks gorgeous! So much fillings..yum!

    Dunno. Tastes great. Will have to try and make my own one of these days and see if it is any good or not. If good, then I will blog about it…and if not, I will keep very quiet lah. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  13. Otak otak, mushroom roll and mulu ice-cream look great to me. Banana Split can’t see banana, may be too tiny. Heheheh!

    Not really – they use deep bowl and the bananas line the bottom. Quite a lot, huge serving…enough for 3 to share, I think.

  14. The fish brains are Johor or Penang style or perhaps Sibu style? Penang style kinda more wet like em very much as compared to Johor’s dry ones.

    Definitely Sibu-style or to be exact, Payung Cafe-style…not in any way like Johore or Penang ones. No other like it anywhere…and no other that is better. Everyone who has tried loves it to bits and will keep going back for more.

    Now where are all those people who have been here and have tasted? So far only Huai Bin, Philip in the US and Shereen in NZ – all have given their thumbs up!

  15. Payung is a very good choice! Glad that we went to taste the dishes there.. at least I have been there..and hope to go one more time… πŸ™‚ The desserts are really ravishing!

    Ah yes!!! So long life you, Claire!!! Bananaz, there…another Payung lover! You will just have to go and try what they serve there to know how good it really really is. Thanks, Claire… Yes, do come again – will definitely take you there, no worries.

  16. First dish is beef curry? Look good.

    I love that banana split and the “mulu caves”, look something very unique!!

    Not like the curry as we know it. Indian red curry, they call it. Ok lah…not pedas and if given a choice, I would choose our Malaysian masak merah – much nicer. The Mulu ice cream is a must though – very nice!!! πŸ˜‰

  17. waves! your photos are getting more and more appetizing .. yum!!

    I’ve taken down that commenting system thing.. haha until they stabilize first. I think it’s still in its infancy and rather unstable, plus there’s a need for captcha?? omg 😦

    The food here is getting better and better – too bad you can’t come over till further notice so no chance for you to try – all the best we have in town. Ok, no problem…whatever you have, I will still drop by and comment. No way you can get rid of me. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

  18. I would want to try the otak otak..
    I am not a big fan of that maybe after eating it will change my mind?

    It definitely will… Nothing like the otak-otak that you are more familiar with. A class of its own.

  19. I’ll take everything here except the durian ice cream πŸ™‚ I esp like the looks of the Mulu ice cream … doubt I can finish all that by myself tho …. looks huge!

    Not really huge but good enough for two persons to share. Air Asia having a sale right now. Have you booked your tickets yet? πŸ˜‰

  20. The banana split looks good. Love the presentation with lotsa of fruits:D Yummeh right?

    It’s it’s certainly pretty…but it’s just ice cream with fruits. Nothing fancy.

  21. hello STP, haven’t been to your blog for a while since we got back. Looks like you have posted lots of yummy things since.
    May I know what camera you are using ?
    To answer your comment from before, yes, we are in Auckland .

    Canon iXus… Very handy and pretty good. Welcome back. Hey…just hopped over to your blog – so you were in town not too long ago! And THAT was your hubby I met at the Bandung stall. Hmmm…should have introduced himself…and we could have got acquainted. Would be my pleasure to take you all around to eat the best in town. Been doing this for friends who care to drop by this little old town – they all loved it here, loved the food, everything!

    1. Would love to try catch up next time. Trip back home is always a whirlwind, and too many things to do with too little time.

      That is usually the case when people living overseas come home… So many things to do, so many people to see, so many things to eat…

  22. Mulu ice cream? i think i had their Maldives or Malibu ice cream πŸ™‚ fanciful names as always. what’s next. Rajang ice cream

    That would be made from teh-see peng, I guess? πŸ˜‰

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