…the son of my friend, Philip, in the US was here briefly to visit his grandma but I was able to take him out for lunch on one of the days he was in town.

Since I only had that one opportunity, of course, I had to take him here to try some of the exotic delights that one would not be able to get anywhere else…or at least, not any that is exactly the same. That would, of course, mean that we would be having more or less the same stuff that I have had before like the Payung rojak, for instance…

Payung rojak

…which he liked very much as according to him, it was not as sweet as what he had had before. For one thing, what they have in the dish is different from the usual that one would find everywhere else and the sauce is slightly different too, much nicer, I would say. I specifically requested for more of theย buah kedondong (umbra) leaves that everyone had fallen in love with at first bite.

He enjoyed the Payung otak-otak too…

Payung otak otak

…but he had never tried the rest so he was in no position to make any comparison. I told him to try the Johore/Muar ones when he goes to visit his maternal side of the family and see whether he would want to come back for the one here the next time he’d be in town.

I also ordered the lamb curry…

Payung Bangladeshi lamb curry

…that my daughter loves a lot and it was as nice as always and they did seem very generous with the potatoes that day. I love those tubers in curry and I like the fact that this one here is quite dry – like overnight curry which I enjoy a lot more. What about you?

We had the belimbing prawns…

Payung belimbing prawns

…as well. I had not had that for quite a while as around the rainy/stormy monsoon season at the end of the year, these prawns would not be available and if they were, they would be too expensive. They’re more easily available at other times in the year but unfortunately, these days, they would not be much cheaper so do not expect to find a lot of crustaceans among all those ingredients used in the cooking.

The bill came up to RM61.00, inclusive of drinks, but they just asked me for RM60.00. I guess that is not very much but something is better than nothing and that’s anytime better than some other places in town where they would wait and wait for you to dig out one miserable 10 sen from your wallet or pocket to pay the exact total. Tsk! Tsk!

Well, Michael thought the meal was great or at least, that was what he said. However, he did not want any dessert as he would like to go some place else for something that he was hoping he would get to eat while he was home…but that would be in the next post, I’m afraid. Stick around, folks!!!

Author: suituapui

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

19 thoughts on “Michael…”

  1. I like the idea of adding torch ginger to rojak

    Try the kedundong leaves too – they’re a hit with anyone who has tried.

  2. food everywhere. it’s amazing how you are eating some really good food almost daily, and blog about it daily too!

    Have a great weekend Arthur!

    Daily? No lah… Usually, only when someone comes to town – special mah. You wanna come? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I know that this is Payung is your favourite restaurant as you have been singing so high praises of them…I will visit them when I go back for sure

    Make sure you do that – you will not regret it, that’s for sure.

  4. The otak-otak seems like so yummy, not like those normal very thin and small one, should be taste a lot nicer!!!

    Take my word for it – it is certainly a whole lot nicer, much nicer than any other versions anywhere else.

  5. Good mornIng, loyal customer of Payung. Love the rojak & belimbing prawns. What type of belimbing are they using, yellow or green? Yellow type is sweet & sour whereas the green, very very sour. Have a great weekend.

    The small oval shaped ones, very sour, meant for cooking…I can;t eat, just leave by the side.

    1. I know small oval shaped, yellow or green in colour. Yellow one is better, a bit sweet & sour whereas the green ones are really really sour.

      Ok. First time seeing and eating those here. I don’t even like the star-shaped ones…

  6. Your close up shot of the Payung rojak is killing me! I love lamb curry too and with potatoes, even better. Curries do taste better the day after.

    Drool! Drool! Muahahahahaha!!!!

  7. Havent had chance to eat here. Must bring the dishes you recommended.

    You don’t know what you’re missing. Hurry! Hurry! Go, give it a try.

  8. belimbing prawns ??!! never heard of it though.. plus i’m allergy to prawns in malaysia.. hahahaha..

    and did i read DESSERTS?? WHERE???!!

    Next post…but not quite dessert as we know it. ๐Ÿ˜€ This belimbing, not the starfruit that people eat – skin & texture the same but very very sour, smal – about the size of dabai, oval-shaped too. You can’t try though since you’re allergic – they only use them to cook prawns.

  9. Make sure the bill is RM 61.00. Some people will purposely make it to that amount and then say oklar, round it to RM 60.00, Just to make you happy.

    The guy calculated twice…plus we’re good friends now, doesn’t matter even if they miscalculate and charge me more. What’s a few ringgit between friends? It’s only money – can;t bring it with me when I go… What I can’t stand is the billing system in the Chinese restaurants – they will tell you food how much, rice how much, drinks how much and towels how much…and ask you for the overall total. You are at their mercy – don’t know which costs what and no way of telling if you’ve been overcharged!

  10. All the dishes look so yummilicious and I can hardly believe that it all comes to RM61 only! Dirt cheap! I want………

    Gosh! That’s expensive. I must say things here are expensive, servings are quite small…but the food is so good, can’t get it anywhere else and the decor and the ambiance are all very nice and the service is first class. Don’t mind indulging sometimes – truly worth it.

  11. Hi Arthur, thanks for giving him such a treat! What a feast. Will return the favor one day.

    My pleasure. Aiyorrrr, what feast? What favour? Small matter, and good excuse for me to eat out and enjoy a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I do appreciate the macro photography and stories that go along with your foods ๐Ÿ™‚ You know I do!!!!

    Thanks. I take that as a compliment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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