A step further…

I went back for the lei cha

Payung Cafe lei cha

…again last Friday. After the one I had two weeks ago, I could see the after effects of eating that Hakka delight – the next day, it did look like some kind of detoxification had taken place.

Yes, I did not go too early this time around so I did get the brown rice…

Payung Cafe lei cha, brown rice

…unlike the previous time and I went a step further this time around – I ordered their fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies)…

Payung Cafe fried ikan bilis

…to add to the lei cha

Payung Cafe lei cha with ikan bilis

…so as to give it a little more taste and yes, it was good!

It was much more bitter this time around but that was fine by me – I heard there were people who wanted it this way so the boss added more of one of the 10 types of herbs used in the cooking of the soup. I barely managed half of the soup though – I mixed it with the rice and everything else to eat and I was literally drowning all of it in the green stuff…but I saw the guy at the next table drinking it all straight from the bowl, right down to the last drop. Wowwww!!!! Unfortunately, I am still learning to enjoy this thing, yet to reach that level. Hehehehehe!!!!

None of the ladies wanted any of the same though so I ordered the mushroom soup

Payung Cafe mushroom soup

…for my girl – it was not available the last time we were here. I think they had a bit of shitake mushroom in it this time around and my girl was not fond of that. Besides, it was too thick, like the canned soup from the can, yet to add the milk to cook. Still, I thought it was nice, something like a cross between a soup and mashed potatoes, and of course, I helped her to finish most of it.

I did mention that to the boss and he said that he had been so busy he did not have time to check on his boys before they served it. Indeed, there were so many people at the cafe – the  lei cha sure seemed very well-received and in a little more than an hour or so, it was already sold out! It is available on Fridays only from 11.30 a.m. onwards so if anybody is intending to go for it, I would suggest that you go early…or call first and ask them to reserve some for you.

It is still the season of Lent so it was a no-meat day for us that day. My girl would have loved the Payung fish but that had soy sauce in it so we settled for the pomelo salad…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

…and our favourite, the Payung-style otak-otak

Payung Cafe otak otak

…and also the belimbing prawns…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawns

The boss mentioned that he did tell the boys to give me two servings, six prawns altogether, but they just gave me one. Well, I told him it was perfectly all right as there were just the three of us. If I had had other people with me, I would have told him right from the start that I would want more prawns so that we would not end up fighting over who should get the crustaceans…and every time, he would oblige willingly, giving me a lot more than the usual portion and yet charging the same price as stated in the menu.

Together with the drinks, the bill came up to RM65.00, almost the same as what I had to fork out here…and no price for guessing which one we enjoyed a lot more.

PAYUNG CAFE (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.

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Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “A step further…”

  1. I like to eat lei cha so I think I will like this bitter version. Those lei cha that I have eaten before, I don’t find them bitter at all. The other 3 dishes are making me hungry – the pomelo salad, prawns and otak-otak. They look so delicious!

    Not to be missed, anyone dropping by Sibu.

    I do think the lei cha is nicer, more bitter. Gives it the extra kick but I’ve yet to learn to drink the soup, straight.

  2. Usually Hakka people will cook this lei cha on the 7th day of CNY. I like mine with medium bitterness. Your soup looks darker, unlike the one I had which is apple green in colour. Love the pamelo salad too

    That’s a great idea!!! After all the feasting on the unhealthy stuff, it would be good to detox after a week.

    I’ve seen photos of the apple green ones – it dose not look herbal, more like matcha/green tea. This colour sure looks a lot more herbal – the boss says he adds 10 different types of herbs, one gives the bitter taste. He said there were some Kuching people who complained that it was not bitter enough before – I thought all Kuching people would like it more bitter. Obviously you’re not one of them.

    I’m o.k. with it even if it is a lot bitter – I drink the tea I brew from those leaves every day – very very bitter.

  3. Brown rice – my choice too – not only for health benefits but more flavour.

    I loved the brown rice. I wonder if they would serve it instead of the regular plain rice if we’re not taking the lei cha. I would ask next time but I guess it will have to be on a Friday only then, not on other days.

  4. Ikan Bilis looks good! Yes, i do think it will work well with the lei cha

    Yes, it sure gives it a bit more taste. The last time, the peanuts and chai po saved the day, otherwise there was hardly any taste at all.

  5. Brown rice and lui cha! Perfect and healthy combination!!

    Would you believe me I ate lui cha with salted fish (the small salted fish that they serve in nasi lemak) before?? Hehe. Of course at home when my mum happened to cook lui cha and salted fish. Nice combination. The sweet, bitter and salty in one bowl. I actually enjoy it. Lol.

    Salted fish would be nice too but like the ikan bilis I added, it would no longer be vegetarian anymore but never mind, as long as I enjoy it more. 😀

  6. Am hakka but not crazy about the lei cha. Prawns is another story. Yummy prawns.

    Medicine or anything that is good for you is never nice, like how they say anything bitter is good. You tried the prawns before – still the same, as good as ever. Standard well-maintained.

  7. I love the otak… hehe…

    You wouldn’t know what the one here is like, definitely not the same as what you have over there.

  8. wahhh… Payung’s delicous food again! Drooling over them now…

    We certainly go there very often, don’t we? But then the food is nice, the people are too – we enjoy dropping by there.

  9. I assume Payung is one of the few places that offered brown rice to the customers. Over here, it’s more common in vegan and vegetarian eateries but it is not tasty if it is American long grain. I not seen brown rice in vegetarian Indian eateries.

    Never checked out the vegetarian places here so I dunno if they serve brown rice. It is not very popular though – my in-laws gave us some once as nobody at their house wanted to eat. I don’t mind, not that it was anything to shout about though I do know it is healthier. Basmati is healthier too, not so much starch.

    Having said that, I do not know how Payung cooks their rice – the brown rice tasted great and my girl sings praises of their plain white rice all the time – so good you can eat it on its own…which is definitely not something I would say about the rice at the bak kut teh place, yesterday’s post – probably the cheapest Vietnamese rice, not nice…but ok when drowned in the soup, thankfully!

  10. Hmmm…you had the lei cha again for detox? 😀 Now when I think of lei cha, I think of what you saw the day after the lei cha. Must be all that fiber cleaning up the system 😀

    The herbs! Good for the body! 😀 😀 😀

  11. Pretty flowers to accompany that first dish! I have been into bowls, wraps, and soups a lot lately! The possibilities with bowls and wraps are ENDLESS!

    We loved soups in bread bowls and we enjoyed creating our own wraps but now we have to stay away from them as my girl is on a gluten-free diet and the ones we have here are all made from wheat.

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