The Indian Maid…

This was a popular tune in this part of the world in the late 60’s – the instrumental version by the Singapore band, the Quests and also the Mandarin version by Sakura (樱花), “In-doo ku niang“…and we used to dance to it then, way back in the good ol’ days.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a music post, just that my girl came home for the holidays and when I asked what she wanted, she said she would love to have some Indian cuisine for a change…and the only place where we can have real authentic Indian delights in this little small town would be here…

Cafe Ind, Sibu

They have a chef, an Indian from northern India (so you can expect what he dishes out to be not very spicy in comparison with the southern ones) and they even had a stone oven (tandoori) custom-made for him to use. Incidentally, they have separate kitchens – the Indian chef and the Indonesian…as the latter has beef in the dishes and that is considered sacred by the former. They even have separate menus so if you drop by the place, you will be given three menus – one for the Indian cuisine and another for the Indonesian and the third one is for the drinks.

Incidentally, they have just been certified halal

Certified halal

…which is not the same as places that claim to “serve no pork” or to be “pork-free”.

Melissa had the lamb bryani (RM17.00)…

Lamb bryani 1

– and that was certainly a very generous serving of the meat and also the rice – easily enough for two, in fact, I would say. We thought it tasted really great and the curry was somewhat different from the usual that we would find around here – I guess that’s northern Indian for you and it was nice, very nice!

My tandoori chicken with pilau rice (RM15.00)…

Tnadoori chicken with pilau rice 1

…was very good too. The meat was succulent and juicy…

Tandoori chicken with pilau rice 2

…unlike some tandoori chicken that I had elsewhere – it tends to be somewhat dry and that was why I was hesitant in ordering that and finally, got round to doing it after a number of visits to this cafe. Thankfully, it wasn’t like those I had in the past and I enjoyed it very much…though I did feel it could do with a bit more of that slightly sourish yogurt taste that is usually more detectable in chicken cooked this way – or maybe that’s southern, I wouldn’t know…

Well, since we had Indian, an appropriate drink to wash all that down would be their ginger tea (RM5.50)…

Ginger tea

I can’t remember having had that before and to me, it tasted like tea plus milk with ginger added.

My missus wanted the very nice nasi tumpeng (RM13.00) that she liked a lot on her previous visit here but it was not available…

Temporarily unavailable

…so she decided to try the nasi kaloi ayam (RM13.00) instead…

Nasi kaloi ayam

…and she said it was very nice too.

That certainly was a delightful dinner…especially with my girl home for the holidays and rest assured that we would be up and about more than usual now that I have her around.

By the way, should anybody be thinking of dropping by this cafe for lunch or dinner, they will be closed for two days tomorrow and the day after for Hari Raya but business will resume on Saturday, the 10th…and on normal days, they are closed on Mondays.