One good turn…

In my post the other day, I mentioned that Peter and his boys came to my house to help me do all the work to revive my ailing rambutan tree and he only accepted a token payment of RM50.00 for all that work. As they say, one good turn deserves another so when my cousin from Brisbane, Australia came over with her brother and wife from Miri for the Ching Ming Festival, I had no second thoughts as to where I would take them for dinner – here, of course!

This was last Friday, and it is the season of Lent, so I ordered the belimbing prawns, with rice (RM17.00)…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawns

I asked for two servings as there were six of us altogether but Peter said no, just order one…and obviously, he went out of his way to cook us a lot more than what would be in their usual single portion.

We had two of their otak-otak, with rice (RM13.00 each)…

Payung Cafe otak-otak

…and their Payung fish, with rice (RM15.00)…

Payung fish

– the lovely ikan keli ( cat fish) cooked in soy sauce with lots of ginger and everything else. My guests loved it so much and they started talking about how the late mum/mum-in-law used to cook this the same way and how she would add brandy to it. Yes, we do that when we cook our own at home for that extra kick. My girl used to enjoy this very much too but of course, being on a gluten-free diet and soy sauce is used in the cooking, she had to give it a miss.

The poor girl could not eat the mushroom roll (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe mushroom roll

…either as wheat is an ingredient in the making of the skin.

The Payung rojak (RM12.00)…

Payung rojak

…was all right, she could eat that, and so was the pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

We got this papaya salad…

Payung Cafe papaya salad

…on the house and it sure took everyone’s breath away –  it was really very good.

The paku (wild jungle fern) fried with hay bee/udang kering (dried prawns) and santan (coconut milk)…

Payung Cafe paku

…was beautifully done as well, a whole lot nicer than the previous times when we had this same dish here and yes, that was on the house too and also this herb salad…

Payung Cafe herb salad

…and the mixed vegetable salad…

Payung Cafe mixed vegetable salad

We shared two of their durian ice cream (RM10.00 each)…

Payung Cafe durian ice cream
*Cousin’s photo on Facebook*

…for dessert and all in all, the bill came up to RM106.00 for the six of us. Needless to say, everyone enjoyed everything to the max and thank you so much, Peter, for the special treats! For one thing, you may get something similar or quite different elsewhere but for these, you can only get it here in Sibu, only at Payung!

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.

Author: suituapui

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14 thoughts on “One good turn…”

  1. What an awesome dinner. I love every single dish. The price, what a deal.

    Cheap, eh? For 6 of us but of course, we got extras on the house.

  2. Love those salad dishes! Would love to try these some day

    Any plans to come over? Two long weekends coming up real soon…but of course, you guys over there do not have the Good Friday/Easter Monday one less than 2 weeks away.

    1. No direct flights…. would definitely love to otherwise. I’ve checked a couple of times, the cheapest tix to Sibu from Penang was around 300+… I can go Thailand or Indonesia with that price 😦

      That is the problem, between Penang and here even though there are lots of Sibu people working in Penang, such a nuisance when they want to come back.

  3. very balanced meal – a lot of fresh veggies to keep things wholesome! 🙂

    Abstaining from meat, a practice we have been observing from small, so we just carry on…when we can, especially in the season of Lent.

  4. Melissa can instead get the Vietnamese roll rice paper is it ok for her?
    But you’ve ordered so many dishes, I’m sure she still enjoy a few of them.
    Pomelo salad I would to try too.

    Yes, that is what we have been doing all this while now, use the skin for the Vietnamese rolls with popiah filling…or the ingredients in their version of their spring rolls. We like that too but of course, it’s not the same as popiah skin…and she cannot eat these nice ones that we can get outside.

    Yes, that night, only 2 that she could not eat – she enjoyed the rest…and she was very happy, lots of gluten-free stuff, see tomorrow’s posts!

  5. payung cafe.. serving lots of good food there. 🙂

    paku (wild jungle fern) fried with hay bee/udang kering (dried prawns) and santan (coconut milk)
    the above dish, i’ve tried it before in some chinese restaurants here, and totally love it!

    Normally, at home, we just fry with udang kering, chili and all but we never add santan. They do it on a regular basis – it’s on their menu – at another restaurant here and I like it a lot – will surely order everytime I drop by that place.

  6. Everything looks so good. Oh my, durian ice-cream. I won’t want to share mine. I’ll have it all to myself. I’m selfish like that when it comes to durians 😀

    They were very busy that night, did not want to disturb them. Normally I would ask for extra durian cream and they would give lots of it, so so so nice.

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