Exceptional…

It was Melissa’s friend’s last night in Sibu and I had been saving the best…

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…for last and where else can anyone expect to see simple, ordinary flowers…

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…used so skilfully for their exceptional decor that is a class above the rest, if not here?…

Payung Cafe

Melissa’s friend was enthralled by the beauty of the place but the best was yet to come – their food that I would say is no less exceptional too!

We tried the papaya salad that was new on the menu (RM8.00)…

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…and though it was nice, nicer and a whole lot cheaper than what we had here, I still prefer their Payung rojak and would rather go for that anytime.

The Bangladesh lamb curry…

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…was simply superb and won praises all round…and everyone loved the Payung chicken too…

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– one of their specialties for which they would use yogurt to cook. Personally, I thought it was overshadowed by the stronger tastes of the other dishes and came across as being rather mild. Actually, we had wanted their belimbing prawns but they were out of those crustaceans – in fact, that is a common problem here around the end of the year when the seas are rough and we get a lot of rain and there is flooding everywhere, making it rather difficult to get fresh prawns at the market.

The kacang ma chicken was so so good that night…

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…especially as they made sure that my special request for extra wine was granted. Unfortunately, Melissa’s friend did not have the acquired taste for this local favourite and did not quite enjoy it.

Of course, she enjoyed their uniquely-delightful mushroom roll…

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…that has won the hearts of many with its rich cheesy taste, both inside and outside but it was the Payung otak-otak

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that swept her off her feet! She was stunned speechless when she had the first bite – she said it was so good, nothing like anything that she had had before and definitely way nicer than the overrated Muar ones or those in Penang.

We were too full for the heavier desserts that they had here and opted for the Khalua ice cream…

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…that Melissa loved her lot and insisted that we ordered it. The photo did not come out too good so I have used one from an earlier post instead. Her friend does not drink and is not into anything with liquor but she thought this was very nice and she liked it a lot but it was the durian ice cream…

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…that stole the show. Of course, I asked for extra durian cream and though that made it look less photogenic, Melissa’s friend thought that the taste was simply out of this world.

After dinner, we stopped by a supermarket in town and she was flabbergasted by the sight of all those imported stuff that they have here. She thought they were all reasonably-priced and some may even be cheaper than what she was accustomed to when she was studying Down Under…and needless to say, she picked up a number of items that she would cart home for her family and friends.

We called it a day after that brief pit stop and headed on home…