Certified…

Congratulations to the Cafe Ind…

The Cafe Ind, Sibu

…on receiving the long-awaited renewal of their certification…

Certified halal

…from the authorities concerned. Yes, it has always been certified halal, all this while…just that the last one had expired and they had to apply for a renewal and from what I understand, it is a really long and painful process and it took them months after the very stringent and thorough inspection and everything to issue the certificate. I guess that is why many do not bother to apply at all while some would just put up signs to declare that their places are pork free or they serve no pork though strictly, that will not suffice.

Anyway, we dropped by for lunch on Saturday as I know my girl would love their biryani kambingΒ or lamb bryani (RM19.00)…

Cafe Ind biryani kambing

…that she did not order the last time we were hereΒ as she wanted something lighter and had something else instead. Needless to say, as always, she enjoyed it…

Cafe Ind lamb curry

…to the max and it sure made her day.

My missus wanted the kalio ayam again but I insisted that she tried the opor ayam (RM14.50)…

Cafe Ind opor ayam

…that I had on our previous visit and loved so very very much…and she requested for it to be extra spicy. Indeed, it was VERY spicy and my guess was that they added pounded green cili padi as the colour was not red at all.

I cannot remember if I had had it before but anyway, I ordered the ayam penyet (RM14.50)…

Cafe Ind ayam penyet

…to see if it was any good and I would say it was nice as well…

Cafe Ind ayam penyet

…but personally, my favourite rice dishes here from their Indonesian menu would still be the opor ayam, followed not all that very closely by the kalio…but of course, different people may have different tastes so I would not know which one you would enjoy the most. Come, go and give it a try and let me know.

Again, the boss waived the charges for the three glasses of iced water that we had so the bill that day came up to RM48.00 which, of course, was perfectly all right by us considering that we had such a delightful lunch.

Author: suituapui

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

24 thoughts on “Certified…”

  1. I prefer lamb dishes to chicken dishes so it will be lamb biryani for me. Did you find out whether the opor chicken is deboned chicken or not?

    No, I did not find out…but this time, I did notice it was not deboned – the chunks were so big, my missus could only manage one so she passed me the other…and she only managed half the rice and guess who finished it all off with the so very delightful gravy!

    For one thing, with this kind of dishes, curry included, you will need to simmer the meat in the gravy for a long time to thicken the gravy and to get the flavours into the meat. It is not like Chinese stir fry or western pan-grilled chicken chop or chicken fillet. If deboned, you will end up with a pot of fine strips of shredded chicken – now what do they call that, pulled meat? That is why my mum would buy the old hens, those unable to lay eggs anymore, to cook curry – the meat is extra tough, great for curry. Using those couple of months old hormone-fattened birds is also out of the question – it will all fall apart…plus it is extra fat/oily.

  2. I go for the chicken dishes as I am not a fan of beef or lamb…. but between opor ayam & ayam penyet, I prefer the opor ayam as I like the gravy over the ayam. Yum!!!..Yum!!!…

    Me too. The penyet was ok with the chili dip and the sambal but it comes nowhere near the opor ayam with the very very nice gravy.

  3. Oh my! This post is so tasty-looking!! All my favourite dishes, I am in dilemma to decide which one to eat.

    Unfortunately I did not have the chance to try this place out. Sigh!

    And when you went back to your hubby’s hometown, you did not even bother to stay one night here. So sombong, city people, throw stones (buang batu) already. Hehehehehe!!!!

    1. Aiyah! Dont say that. I follow my hubby. He is the man of the house. ^^

      Yes, yes, very good wife, must always do that. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  4. I’ve heard the process is long, arduous and costly to acquire the certification. I can understand why many just go with being ‘pork free’.

    Yes, so I heard. They will check every little thing, I heard…even look at your shallot and garlic one by one…and check on where you source your ingredients…and ask for all kinds of information and documentation…and they would dilly-dally for months – the “renewal pending” sign was up for months here…and finally, they received the certificate!

    I know others would not bother to go through all that fuss – some will just stick the expired sign and carry on as usual, others, especially their own people, would not even bother to apply as they make it so troublesome and will also charge a fee, not feasible at all for those small businesses especially.

  5. I love the painting in your first photo. I also prefer lamb, but I do like chicken! πŸ™‚

    Not my missus – she does not like lamb that much.

  6. Was thinking my pc got lack or went into wrong website, hahaha… Is it because CNY is coming that’s why you changed the layout?

    I like biryani, it looks not bad to me, plus it has the papadum, hehe!

    I just saw this new one so I decided to give it a try…but yes, I chose the red colour because of Chinese New Year, will change it after Chap Goh Meh.

    The bryani here is very good, authentic Indian chef from North India.

    1. I also thought i went to the wrong website the other day, i came in, haha….

      The header says it all mah, should be able to tell. πŸ˜‰

  7. Wow – excellent looking food! I think we’ll have briani for dinner tonight! You have stimulated my appetite for it.

    LOL!!! You’re cooking your own or you’re going out? They always have nice authentic Indian places in cities overseas.

  8. The lamb biryani looks excellent and so does the ayam penyet. Yea, I also heard the Halal certification process is very tedious.

    Yes, it isn’t so bad if one has to go through the whole process but the waiting…for months and months to get the certificate – that is the nuisance. Already checked, all ok…why should they take so long to issue the thing? I have my suspicions but I will not mention it here.

  9. All of a sudden this post made me crave for some ayam penyet. I had them on a regular basis when I used to live there

    You lived in Indonesia before? And you originally came from the Philippines. You’ve been in Malaysia too, right? Gee! Lucky you, been all over the place!

  10. Ayam penyet for me though now with my more vegan cravings, I might just end up with the side dishes of vegies and tempe.

    They have vegetable bryani on their Indian menu – I was thinking of giving that a try but changed my mind. I love meat too much. Hehehehehe!!!!

  11. Ohh…you have a brand new year look for your blog. So ang ang…Need some time to get use to the new template.

    Now, I want to make sure I can eat ayam penyet the coming weekend. The ayam penyet looks so delicious. Argghh..drooling!

    Or? Different on your gadget? More or less the same on my PC. Yes, red for good luck in the new year!

    Where can you get nice ayam penyet in KL? The one here is ok but I would suggest that you try try the opor ayam should you ever get the chance to drop by. It is absolutely out of this world, so very nice!

  12. Getting halal certification should be a straight forward process, isn’t it? Should be.

    Should be but a tedious process, no doubt, as they would want to check everything, every little thing. That is perfectly all right, let them see what they want, let them have what they ask for…but what took them so long to issue the certificate after all had been said and done? That should be straightforward, why do they need so much time to do that since all had been to their satisfaction?

  13. I think I will be drawn to the Lamb Bryani. I also understand that the halal certification process is quite a tedious one and it does not come cheap either.

    I think it is RM200 for two years, ok for big businesses…but if you’re a small-time hawker stall, it may be a burden.

    It is ok to be tedious – if they are very strict, checking this and that, asking for this and that, making sure that everything adheres to their requirements, they are only doing their work…but when all has been done, it should not take that long to issue a certificate – months!!! I am quite sure they do not have THAT much work to do. Imagine people dropping by and seeing that the application is pending approval, they may just leave! The authorities should be more considerate – people are trying to do a business here.

  14. love your second pic of the ayam penyet … it feels real enough that i could reach out and grab it and take a big bite πŸ˜€ personally i appreciate why businesses have to acquire halal certification, though my one realisation whenever i see a halal-certified outlet is that unfortunately, i won’t be able to bring any wine into the outlet, heh πŸ˜€

    Yes, if certified halal, then there must not be any liquor served. No BYO either. I guess Hard Rock is not halal certified then, and all the posh hotel restaurants would fail the acid test. Of course, it is one’s own choice – to go elsewhere.

  15. These three orders are certainly my choices especially the last one… the fried chicken looks so tempting.. worth paying the price!

    I prefer something with nice, rich gravy…but it was ok. Went well with the sambal and the chili.

  16. omg so red.. chinese new year theme ah your blog? Gong Xi Fa Cai in advance Arthur!

    opor ayam? interesting, time to google it up. πŸ˜€

    You’ll find it at the Indonesian eateries there, I’m sure.

    Thanks, yes…gotta pick red in colour to get into the Chinese New Year mood. πŸ˜€

  17. wow…you changed your skin ! Good to make some changes at times.
    Yeah, I believe its really a lot of work and time spent on getting it certified halal and that is why a lot of owners prefers to label it as no lard. Anyway, in order to lure Muslims customers, its still better to get it certified.

    The briyani curry looks very lemak! Looks delicious.

    Variety is the spice of life. Chinese say if eat meat all the time, will also get bored – must eat veg sometimes. πŸ˜€

    The bryani is good, chef from North India.

    Yes, if you want to attract them, you have to make sure your place complies with their requirements – out of respect and consideration – not nice to try and get them to come and eat, knowing that you have not been keeping to their rules. I saw people eating at one no-pork place and they ordered the non-halal fried noodles from the restaurant next door. That is not nice, really.

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