Thanks to you all…

My previous post was on the dinner I had here with my cousin from Brisbane, Australia and her brother and his wife from Miri

Dinner with cousins

Everyone was back in town for the Ching Ming Festival and all the alumni of the schools here took the opportunity to hold their annual reunion dinners over the weekend and there were many as well who organised their own class reunions since everybody would be home. Unlike during the Chinese New Year season and the school holidays, the airlines would not hike up the air fares around this time but needless to say, the roads were terribly jammed and hotels would be fully-booked.

That night at the café, the private function room upstairs…

Stairs to function room

…was booked by a big group of ladies from the girls’ school in town and there was another big group, no less than 10, at least, having theirs on the ground floor which was, as always, beautifully decorated.

I loved how they used sarongs for their tablecloth…

Sarong tablecloth 1

…for those tables outside in the open…

Sarong tablecloth 2

…under some big payungs (umbrellas).

As usual, there was this captivating floral display…

Floral display 1

…and this new one…

Floral display 2

…and I loved how they used all those cooking ingredients for this most attractive centrepiece…

Payung Cafe decor, not just for cooking

My cousin and his wife brought us these…

From Miri

…all the way from Miri and my girl was most delighted to get these…

From Down Under

…from the one from Down Under, all gluten-free! I checked the ingredients for the keropok ikan (fish crackers) in the previous photograph and I saw that no wheat was used in the making which, of course, means that my girl will be able to eat that too.

The following day, another cousin flew in from Kuching for her high school reunion. She was supposed to join her classmates that night – the ones on the ground floor but she could not get away from work and had to give it a miss. She brought these…

From Kuching

…for my girl, all gluten-free too. Now, she has a whole lot of things in stock that she can eat and enjoy slowly. What we can get here are few and far between and what my girl bought once at one organic shop here was way too expensive (over RM20.00 for a small pack) and sadly, it was not even nice.

Thanks to you, all, so very much for your thoughtfulness and generosity – I am sure that even though such stuff may be more easily available where you are, like here, they do not come cheap either…and thank you also to yet another cousin of mine from Bintulu for the cincaluk (fermented shrimps)…and thank you also to my brother-in-law, also back from Bintulu, for these…

Lee Fah Sarawak laksa with bihun

Yaaaaa!!! I’ve been waiting for so long for this made-in-Kuching Sarawak laksa with bihun and not instant noodles so it is gluten free and my girl would be able to cook and enjoy, available in Kuching, Miri…and obviously, Bintulu as well and even in Singapore but for reasons unknown, I have not been able to find any at the shops and supermarkets here…and that wasn’t all! He also brought us lots of fresh fish and prawns all the way and more cincaluk and belacan (dried prawn paste).

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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

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

11 thoughts on “Thanks to you all…”

  1. We have something called ‘ark arhm’ (duck’s neck in hokkien) here, it’s basically kacang tumbuk wrapped with mochi-like thing and sprinkled with sesame seeds, pretty good but inevitably sweet

    We have those here too, not really my favourite. I like the ones from Sarikei here, peanut butter inside and coated with Nestum, very nice!

  2. I always love Payung’s creativity in their flower arrangement. Their mix & match colours, all so beautiful. Wonder where did they get all those lovely flowers. Glad that Melissa is able to enjoy some of the gluten free goodies.

    They’re all ordinary flowers, those frangipani…can get from those trees growing by the roadside but I think the boss has his own at his house. I’m glad too that she now has a lot of stuff she can eat and enjoy.

  3. Very striking floral displays, especially in conjunction with the colourful sarong tablecloth. Beautiful.

    Yes, they sure have taste in their decor as well, not just the food…and they use simple every day natural flowers, none of the expensive ones from the florists.

  4. Didn’t know that Singapore have the made-in-Kuching Sarawak laksa with bihun…

    An ex-student working there shared the photo on Facebook, dunno where he bought it. I hear it is SGD5 something only for one pack.

  5. Nice to see everyone smiling for the family photo! Family reunions are the best 😉

    Yes, cherish them every opportunity we get, such happy times together.

  6. I so love those flower decorations at Payung. I wonder where they source for the flowers.

    The boss has his own garden and nursery with all the flowers and plants and also the herbs that he uses in his cooking. He does landscaping as well and also does contract work on Sundays, cutting grass and sprucing up people’s gardens. Payung is not open for lunch on Sundays, dinner only.

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