No trip to Sibu would be complete if you do not drop by here…

Nick at Payung

…and on his second day here, Nick took a bus to Sarikei in the hope of enjoying the celebrated giant freshwater noodles there but the place was closed and without that, there wasn’t really much there for someone going around on his own without a car and nobody to take him around and all.

He got back here at around 4.00 p.m. mid-afternoon and I took him here for the Sarawak laksa but it was sold out…and then, I took him here for the prawn noodles since he did not get to enjoy the one in Sarikei but the shop wasn’t open either.

I did not intend to come here initially as I knew they would be very busy at that point in time getting ready for their special Valentine’s Day buffet dinner that night but I decided to stop by, nonetheless…

One for the memory

…considering that with the limited time Nick would be in town, we might not get the chance to do so. If I did not have my commitments that night, I certainly would have brought him here to enjoy all that they had to offer in their Valentine’s Day special – 20 different dishes for only RM50.00 per head.

Peter, the nice boss, was kind enough to welcome us – there were others who came while we were there and they were nicely informed that they could come back for the buffet dinner starting at 6.30 p.m. should they choose to do so.

Nick loved the Payung rojak

Payung Cafe Payung rojak

…but between the two, he liked the pomelo salad…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

…more – so nice and refreshing with the delightful fragrance of the herbs and leaves in it, he said…and very unique, not something one can easily find elsewhere.

He got to try the buah pakan/pakon, the wild durian, in Sarikei but being a true-blue lover of durian, he did not enjoy it so much. He said it was a little too mild in taste and smell compared to the real thing but he did enjoy the durian ice cream…

Payung Cafe durian ice cream

…that we had here for dessert.

He did not get the chance to try a lot of the stuff here as I did not want to order anything that was not so convenient for Peter and his guys to prepare and serve but he thought the mushroom roll…

Payung Cafe mushroom roll

…was really very nice and he loved the Payung otak-otak

Payung Cafe otak otak

…which was extra spicy that day and yes, like my missus and I, he is into things spicy so he did not have a problem with that.

That was all we had that day – all the rest would have to wait till the next time he decides to hop over to Sibu again though I wonder when that will be. After that, I dropped him off at the pasar malam (night market) in the hope that more stalls would be open as unlike the previous evening, the weather was fine that evening.