You choose…

My cousin from Brisbane, Australia was in town for one night only and she brought me all these…

Goodies from Brisbane

My girl loved the Macadamia Nut Bars that I got recently from one sweet silent reader of mine in Perth, Australia so when I heard that my cousin was coming, I asked if she could get me those…and good grief!!! She bought me one bag full! Oh dear! That must have cost a bomb! She also brought me a box of Aldi Stores‘ “Jumpin’ Jelly” to try and Tim Tams – Adriano Zumbo’s red velvet and salted caramel,Β no less…and the new peanut butter flavour. Yummmm!!!! My girl would be the happiest, of course, as she enjoys these so much. Personally, I have never been a fan of Tim Tams as they are too sweet for my liking and like I’ve been saying again and again, as I grow older, I seem to have lost that sweet tooth that I used to have when I was younger. But that did not stop me from opening one of the packs of the red velvet variety…

Adriano Zumbo's red velvet Tim Tam

…to try and OMG!!! It was so so so very nice! Much as I was tempted to have another one…and another…and another, I had to resist the temptation as I was reserving them all for my girl to indulge in and enjoy back in her school for some therapeutic relief as and when the need arises plus it is not all that good for people my age, I guess everybody knows that well enough. Just one, once in a long while, should be fine.

Another cousin of mine, her sister in Bintulu, came with her and she brought me a BIG bottle of Ghee Hiang sesame oil that she had carted back all the way from Penang. Their brother and their sister-in-law from Miri were here too with two of their children but they had a prior engagement so they were not able to join us for dinner that night.

I asked them to choose the venue depending on what they would like to have and without any hesitation, they said they would like some jelly pisang (RM7.00)…

Payung Cafe, jelly pisang

…and the uniquely-special Payung rojak (RM12.00)…

Payung rojak

…and their mushroom roll (RM8.00)…

Payung mushroom roll

…that they enjoyed so very much when we had our family reunion at this place in September last yearΒ and they would love to have a go at those again this time around.

So there we were that night at this cafe in town…

Payung Cafe Sibu

…that is all too familiar now to all my regular readers.

I had their tik tek once and I loved it so much that I specially requested for that for our family reunion party there. I sure was delighted that luck was on my side that night as it was available – they had just enough left for one serving (RM8.00)…

Payung tik tek

If I’m not mistaken, this is an Indonesian dish of tapioca leaves and pumpkin…and needless to say, all of us enjoyed it to the max and licked the bowl clean. I do wish they would put that on their regular menu so that I can just drop by anytime I feel like having that.

That evening, I also ordered theirΒ kacang ma chicken (RM16.00)…

Payung kacang ma chicken

…their Bangladeshi lamb curry (RM18.00)…

Payung Bangladeshi lamb curry

…and their otak-otak (RM13.00)…

Payung otak otak

…and after all that, we were all so very full and in the end, my cousins decided that they would be able to manage one jelly pisang only between the two of them but I insisted on ordering the khalua ice cream (RM10.00)…

Payung Khalua ice cream
*Archive photo*

…as well with a special request for extra liquor. Everybody else just tried a bit and insisted that they just could not have anymore and no prize for guessing who had to finish the rest…and ended up feeling a little bit tipsy the rest of the evening! LOL!!!

An ex-student of mine happened to drop by this same place – she now owns an exclusive boutique right next to this place on the other side of the town centre…and she remarked, “You do come here often, don’t you?” Oh dear!!! Maybe I should stay away for a while but like all of us that night, I do enjoy what they serve here and the people are very friendly and service is always excellent – fast and efficient…so needless to say, my cousins and my missus and I had a great time there, chatting away and enjoying our dinner, that one night on their brief stay in Sibu.

Thank you so much for the goodies, ladies – it sure was nice to see you all again.

Author: suituapui

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

22 thoughts on “You choose…”

  1. OMG your chocolate loot looks so so so good! I would love to have that red velvet and peanut butter Tim Tam! They are so expensive here, RM12+ for a pack of 8.. Can only see, no buy.. Ahhh, Payung.. I already know what I want to order if I ever have a chance to go there – jelly pisang, mushroom rolls, kacang ma chicken and that lamb curry.. Yummmzzzz..

    Everybody that I’ve brought here loved the food and the place. You would too, I’m sure. Good grief!!!! RM12+ a pack? Gee!!! They’re only RM8+ here, less than RM9.00. I guess overheads, wages and everything there are expensive, must make enough profit to cover all those.

  2. I never like the original tim tam but yours looked good. So many goodies, Melissa will enjoy them!

    Haha. Your student must have follow your blog and knew you always eat there! Lol. Yummy treat. I love the rojak and mushroom spring roll. Couldnt find else where.

    Yes, many of them check out my blog regularly, I know. Yes, most of the dishes are unique to this place alone…except maybe the kacang ma – can get that all over in Kuching. There was one other place in Sg Merah but they no longer sell it. Yet to check out that Stall no. 4 above the Rejang Park market but they do not have kacang ma every day. I’m never a fan of Tim Tam too…but this special varieties are really nice – still, I have to control, cannot indulge…no matter how nice and anyway, I don’t think I will be getting any again, I guess.

  3. Yer… i want! But not sweet meh?

    Sweet, of course, it’s sweet. Haven’t I said that already? But this variety that I tried was not so sweet as in the case of some…that one would get an instant sore throat. Still, that does not mean I can go full swing. I’m very disciplined, everything in moderation.

  4. Your chocolate loot seems quite premium! Lucky you! Nobody has ever given me any Tim Tams before, from what I heard, they are one of those more expensive types of souvenir one can buy in Australia.

    Expensive? Works out to only around AUD3.00 here in Sibu, dunno how much there…but I hear one can get them real cheap at the weekend sales at those major supermarkets – weekly or fortnightly, one pack for a little over AUD1.00 only. I guess if you buy there at their normal prices and convert to our currency, you may feel the pinch. Same as buying anything there…or in Singapore.

  5. Tim Tams!!! You have to do a Tim Tam Slam. πŸ˜‰

    That’s from where you come from, right? Gotta learn how to do it first…from here. πŸ˜€

    P.S.: Gee! Can use it like a straw? Didn’t know that! Gotta try it sometime! πŸ˜‰

  6. I love all the food especially the kacang ma & rojak. Both are to die for. They are so generous with the rojak paste. Some places in Kuching only give a bit of the paste for the whole plate of rojak, can’t even taste anything, cissss!!!..oh ya, all those goodies looks great but not to take too much, I mean too sweet for our age.

    They make the rojak sauce themselves – saw the old lady (the owner’s aunt) cooking it that afternoon but I got there too late – she was about to finish already – one whole big pot of it! Yes, of course…gotta control, people like us…so sweet already, no need for more sweet stuff. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  7. Red Velvet Tim Tam…. that’s hardly found in here. 😊

    Nope, not even at Ta Kiong here. They have the regular varieties, many of them…but not these Adriano Zumbo’s limited edition ones.

  8. Wah …Tim. tam again ? Don’t eat so much wor later need to see dentist …lol

    Dentist? I don’t have any left, no problem and that does not stop be from eating…fortunately…or unfortunately? πŸ˜€

  9. Your cousins definitely deserve that fabulous feast at Payung for all those yummies they got for you! Wish we have a Payung over here.

    Grab one of those zero fare or cheap promo and hop over – once here, everything is cheap including hotel. See my post tomorrow. My friends from Trengganu that day – they booked very early around RM150 return for two persons Cheap to book early or when there is a promo – expensive if during peaks e.g. school holidays. Three nights hotel, less than RM200…and whatever you will buy here, the local stuff, and eating out wouldn’t cost much. 1K enough for a nice holiday. The only thing is nobody wants to come here – would rather fly overseas and pay through their noses for everything. So degrading, holiday in…Sibu! 😦

  10. Tim Tam, ha, shame to said i have never try one, although we can find it here, but of course not that limited edition Adriana Zumbo. Maybe one day i should buy one and try.

    You lucky man and always pamper by everyone!!

    Yes, so very lucky. Abundantly blessed with all the wonderful family members and friends.

  11. omigosh … i want the red velvet tim tam too!!! coincidentally, i tried cornetto’s promotional red velvet flavour yesterday, and it was not bad. but i’m biased cos i love ice cream πŸ˜€

    Too bad you’re so far away or I could have given you a piece. Yes, just one…that’s all. Hehehehehe!!! Cornetto’s got a new flavour out? Gotta check it out!

  12. Hope I manage to find the red velvet tim tam here.

    I doubt it. I think that series, the second one, has already ended as well. So, probably these flavours will no longer be available even in Australia.

  13. Yeah, the Red Velvet are so very nice eh?

    It’s very more-ish, you can’t just have one. Haha! I always end up eating the entire pack myself, only nowdays I’m like you – have to stop myself from doing that coz my better half loves them too.

    aldi is getting so HUGE nowadays – it was all aldi when I went to London 3 years ago. The traditional hypermarkets like Tesco are in decline over there, discount supermarkets like aldi are taking over. I think Tesco is trying to push more in “emerging markets” (like Malaysia) now since they’ve lost the supermarket wars back home.

    Ooh jelly pisang! Haven’t had that in a long time. Yum!

    KIV that for your next trip home. Yes, red velvet’s very very nice and also the white choc raspberry you gave me. Will review the other flavours in my next post – tomorrow.

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