Can’t let you go…

Needless to say, I couldn’t let Ivan go, or anyone else who comes to town, for that matter, without taking him here…

Payung Cafe, Sibu by night

…and of course, I ordered for him the best of the best – their uniquely-special otak-otak, the very nice and cheesy mushroom roll, the very exotic sour and spicyΒ belimbing prawns and the Payung rojak.

He wanted to try the Turkish milk shake…

Payung Turkish milk shake

…which we were told was a combination of chocolate, bananas and milk and he loved it very much.

I tried their kacang ma chicken before but was not too impressed but I have read very favourable reviews in other blogs praising it to the skies so that night, I decided to give it a second chance…

Payung kacangma chicken

,..with specific instructions for extra Chinese white wine to be added. I guess that did the trick for it was really very very nice…but I think it would be even better with a bit more of the wine. For one thing, it seemed like they did not add any salt of msg at all to it and one would be able to savour the delightful flavours of the ingredients used in the making of the dish.

The boss served me this bowl of Japanese tomato noodles that he was trying out and was not on the regular menu yet at the time…

Payung Japanese tomato noodles 1

It was quite good, with the nice tomato taste blended with the cheese used in the soup and sprinkled on top. For one thing, it was not rich and creamy so one would not be put off after eating a bit of it…

Payung Japanese tomato noodles 2

Ivan liked it very much but being a meat person, personally, I would very much prefer having some bits ham or bacon in it.

I did ask him for his general opinion on the cafe and he said that THIS is definitely THE place to visit, should anyone happen to drop by this quiet little town for a night or two…

Ivan @ Payung, Sibu

…for the very special dishes/cuisine (that one would not be able to find elsewhere anywhere) plus the very nice and comfortable ambiance and all the enchantingly exotic decor and on top of that, the wonderful and friendly service that one would get while dining here – they are so nice that it really makes one feel at home, he says and so competent and good at their job like they have been working in hotels or in the service industry for a long time…and Ivan rated it a lot higher than the place we went to the previous night which stunned him in a very positive way when we first got there. We got there very early before there was anybody else and he was so impressed by the design and the decor, even the music (Sarawak’s own Zee Avi, no less!!!) but later, he was quite put off by how the diners would talk so loudly in their high-pitched and very shrill voices so much so that it absolutely spoilt it all for what would have been a really very very nice place to dine.

For dessert, I ordered the Mulu ice cream for him…

Payung Mulu ice cream
*recycled pic*

…and that absolutely swept him off his feet. He loved it so much that he was literally craving for more…but unfortunately, he was leaving the very next day so it would have to wait till he comes to town again before he can have another go at it.

I reckon the next time he flies into town, there would be the new Payung Mahkota as well – they have opened another outlet on the ground floor of the Orchid Hotel along Brooke Drive here – its soft opening was two days ago on the 24th instant. I certainly would go and check it out one of these days so do hang around and you’ll surely get to see it right here in my blog sooner and later.

Author: suituapui

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

36 thoughts on “Can’t let you go…”

  1. Yesterday was “Cover You In Kisses” and today “Can’t Let You Go”. With titles like this, it’s like a love story going on, only the love interest is FOOD! πŸ˜€ The Turkish milkshake sure looks good with that big dollop of ice-cream on top. And oh, that Mulu ice-cream, must be so tasty that one portion is not enough. The tomato noodles look interesting. The chicken may not look glamorous but cooked with Chinese wine, I imagine it is aromatic and flavorful.

    LOL!!! Love story, eh? You are either very imaginative or hopelessly romantic…or both. πŸ˜€ Don’t forget to catch the sad ending tomorrow… Hehehehehe!!!! I tried the milk shake – it was good but I would be quite ok without it. The Mulu ice cream, on the other hand, is a must-order. It is big, say one third of a brick…and enough for two or three to share. The chicken was nice…but I prefer my missus’ home-cooked one… πŸ˜‰

  2. Impressive place and spread! I would never have thought that Sibu has so many good eating places with great food to boot. Thanks for showing us around. Good morning!

    Ya, it has taken many people by surprise too…and impressed them too. Most will come to Sibu expecting the worst…and end up delighted that there are nice places here and nice food…and nice people like me! Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  3. hmmm, instead of the Mayor of Sibu, i think they should have awarded you with the title “Ambassador of Payung”.. don’t you think you so much more deserve that than the free tomato noodles?? hahaha~~

    No lah… Business is business, any freebies is an added bonus. Cannot expect it all the time… How to run a business if everytime let people eat things free?

    1. SK,
      He is the Mayor of Sibu and ambassador of Payung and all things nice to eat in Sibu. Official mascot of Kampua mee too! LOL

      Somebody commented on Facebook that they should give me an award for all that I have done to promote Sibu and all the awesome places and food here.

  4. so that’s chicken?? hahaha, can’t tell if you didn’t mention.. but i guess the gravy would be very nice to go with rice.. why no udang belimbing this time?? yeah, the mulu ice cream looks good, toasted oat.. hahaha!!!

    Got lah! I just did not take another photo of the belimbing prawns…just linked to an old post with the photo, if anyone is interested and would like to have a look. The chicken is very nice – originally Kuching Hakka dish taken by women in confinement but these days, everyone eats it…and loves it very much! Yes, it is eaten with rice.

  5. Whoaaaaa I scream for ice cream, got the name for Mulu caves?

    That’s their original creation…and the name they gave to that mountain-looking mass of cake and ice cream and everything else. Very nice indeed!

  6. Very nice and impressive place to dine. Untung lah you. Get to taste the Japanese tomatoes noodles. The colour of the Kacang ma looks quite different. Maybe because of the lighting and gosh!!..the Mulu ice cream is to die for.

    Looks nicer than the usual but I think the usual that my missus cooks is usually nicer. Nothing like own home-cooked. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰ The Mulu ice cream….slurpsssss!!!! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  7. shame to said, I have never tried kacang ma before. tsk tsk tsk..

    u want that mulu ice cream, look very healthy and nice!

    oh..payung open another outlet ? Peter and his partner has to run at both place ? or each of them will take care an outlet ? hmmm…hope the food standard can maintain the same.

    Next time you come back, I will ask my missus to cook for you – hers best in the world. LOL!!! πŸ˜‰ Dunno how they will run both places – I hear Peter is letting the Indon guy manage this one – they’re catering for the breakfast for the hotel guests so I guess they would have that business at least…plus whatever they can get on their own. I went for lunch today – had their tom yam spaghetti….extra spicy. Oooo…so nice! Will blog about that soon.

  8. I rmbr the Mulu ice cream from your other post…. haha it still gets my attention this time.

    Ya…and once you’ve tasted it, it is not something that’s easy to forget. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  9. wah, u’re right, these are pretty unique dishes. here’s hoping that the next branch Payung opens after this will be in KL! i’ll be lining up for the mulu ice cream! πŸ˜€

    Come on over, Sean. Long weekend like this one… Next month, I’m afraid Deepavali & Awal Muharram do not coincide with the weekends and anyway, it’s holiday time, peak season – tickets will not be cheap. Let’s try next year perhaps… Come once, and you will want to come again!

  10. Nice! I love the Turkish milk shake too – it’s pretty good, like their durian ones.

    Ah…Payung Cafe, good memories and definitely going to be a place I’m visiting when I come back.

    Thanks for telling me about the new outlet – it’s good to hear that they’re doing so well. πŸ™‚

    Ah!!! You tried that too eh? Ya….and when you drop by, they’ll remember you, I’m sure…as Arthur’s friend. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ I checked out the new place today – food’s the same…just as nice but they still need to do a lot of work on the place – rather bare, and minus all the exotic decor, it does not have the nice feel to the place.

  11. I like the cafe name, Payung, hehe, very unique!
    Well, did Ivan (also you :P) put on weight after this trip? πŸ˜›

    Not that I noticed. Two nights is too short to make much of a difference, I guess. He will have to stay longer next time. πŸ˜‰

  12. This may as well be a totally different country … everything sounds so exotic! I’ve been to Kuching but never tried anything with those names except for the midin. Bought several bunches home too!

    Yes, one of the attractions of this place – its uniqueness… Love it! You bought midin home? Can kah? Smallkucing bought some that time and I heard by the time she got home, all spoilt already.

  13. i so love that Turkish milk shake and Mulu ice cream sooo scrumptious looking desserts

    Too bad you’re so far away, otherwise you are more than welcome to hop over for a few days… You’ll love it here, I’m sure.

  14. Wow, I love chocolate banana milk shakes and drinks. Always will look out for this drink at any restaurant I go to. Unfortunately most only either have the chocolate without banana, or only banana milkshake without the chocolate. Lol.

    Chocolate’s too heaty for me and milk makes me sleepy but when it comes to that Mulu ice cream, I just can’t resist. LOL!!!

  15. wow…good to heard that they are expanding. Hope quality of food wont deteriorate after expansion. The two bosses will have to keep a close eye on both outlets lor

    Went to the new place this morning. Still not in full swing yet. Watch out for the post…coming soon!

  16. Ivan is more blessed than us.. .he gets to try so much of Sibu food in just a couple of days! πŸ™‚

    You also mah…and you went to Ruby, MingMeiShi…and One Cent, Soon Hock…many more and he hasn’t had the chance. He will have to come again and you too to try those that you all missed out. When? When? πŸ˜‰

  17. the japanese tomato soup noodles sounds interesting with those ingredients. But cheese?!! are you sure it jives?

    I thought it was all right but not something I would go there to order though – my friend, Ivan, loved it. I would probably like it if it had ham or bacon and perhaps even a poached egg in it….something more solid or substantial than just bits of tomato and corn.

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