Whatever your heart desires…

Yes, we’re into the 2nd week of the two-week-long mid-year school holidays and of course, we’ve been going around for whatever my girl desires to let her enjoy everything before she goes back to her school in the jungle when classes resume next week.

Of course, we did stop by here but no, she did not want her usual, the bryani rice with mutton curry – I guess she had had enough of that when we were here a couple of days earlier. Instead, she wanted what her mum had on her last two visits – the ikan kembong sumbat set (RM17.50) with the fish…

Cafe Ind ikan kembong sumbat

…deboned and stuffed with the minced fish and whatever else prior to cooking…and there was this special kerabu kind of thing by the side…

Cafe Ind kerabu

…and the brinjal, grilled and after that, the skin was removed, served with its special sambal

Cafe Ind grilled skinless brinjal with sambal

…and of course, she enjoyed it…especially the brinjal – she absolutely loves that vegetable!

The mum went back to what used to be her favourite, the kalio ayam set (RM14.50)…

Cafe Ind kalio ayam rice set

They certainly were very generous with the mixed vegetables by the side…

Cafe Ind mixed vegetables

…and yes, the curry…

Cafe Ind kalio ayam curry

…with the two huge chinks of chicken was absolutely superb. It used to be served in a “banana boat” and I do think that looked nicer but of course what matters most would be the taste.

My missus made a special request for it to be extra spicy but it wasn’t, not at all. Later in the day, I received an sms from the boss to extend his apologies – the lady chef somehow forgot completely about it. I said it did not matter as it was very nice and we enjoyed it very much. Besides, my missus helped herself to those little fresh chilies in our orders, meant for presentation, and that was good enough for her.

I was not all that keen on mutton curry so instead of the mutton bryani set on their menu, I asked for the mutton masala (RM16.00)…

Cafe Ind mutton masala

…and the bryani rice (RM7.00)…

Cafe Ind bryani rice

…to go with it. I did not think the mutton masala was in any way different from the curry or maybe there was but I could not really tell so it would have been cheaper (RM19.50) if I had ordered the set instead of the two separate orders combined…

Cafe Ind mutton masala & bryani rice

There was a whole lot of lamb in the bowl though and yes, it certainly was very nice indeed.

Then, on another day, we stopped by here because my girl wanted the Norwegian salmon with lemon butter sauce (RM30.90)…

CafeCafe Giant grilled salmon with potato tuna salad

…that I ordered on our previous visit and she sure enjoyed it a lot so she wanted to have a go at it again.

The mum had their tomato kway teow (RM11.90) and the serving was huge enough for at least two or three people. Because of the dim surroundings, the photograph came out blur but it was not all that photogenic, anyway. She liked it and of course, she barely managed to finish half of it. I did try a bit but it was too sour for my liking – I would very much prefer the one I would have time and time again here.

It was around the time of the Gawai Dayak Festival that day and they were offering the traditional ethnic rice wine, the tuak

CafeCafe Giant tuak

…on the house – one just had to request for it and my missus did. I just had a sip and yes, it was very nice tuak indeed.

I had the masak hitam beef rice set once while my missus had their kapitan chicken rice set so this time, I asked for the beef rendang rice set (RM17.90)…

Cafe Cafe Giant beef rendang rice set

…and yes, the beef rendang was very nice and I did enjoy the sides – the dry acar (pickles) on the left and the tempura ladies’ fingers and brinjal on the right and that very small fried mantao (bun, partially hidden in the photograph) right beside them. There you have it – two places, two delightful lunches. Do stick around for more!

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind behind a block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located while CAFE CAFE, Giant Hypermart outlet (2.325540, 111.853538), is located on the ground floor of the mega mall located to the left of SMK Bandar Sibu along Jalan Ling Kai Cheng. 

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Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “Whatever your heart desires…”

  1. Kembung sumbat set at RM17.50 is quite pricey isn’t it? Gone were the days when only the not so rich eats kembung. These days ikan kembung is selling at a rather high price I don’t think the poor can afford it anymore. But I like everything in that set. They all look very delicious.

    Number 1 – I think part of the price is for the hard work – not easy to remove the bones and do everything and stuff it back again without breaking the skin. I know I would not be able to do that! Number 2 – it is hard to get FRESH kembong these days, lots of other similar ones, same family, perhaps but no kembong. Worse over at your side, I hear as they use it for asam laksa…and for this special dish, the frozen kembong cannot be used.

    We had this at Mid Valley: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/pancake-syrup/
    but they used tilapia. Tilapia, we get a lot…live ones some more…and that was RM15.90 in 2013, dunno now.

  2. Wow, the lamb looks fantastic, Arthur, and the presentations are colourful and attractive.

    At that 1st place? Yes, all good there – we love their food…and I forgot to mention in the post that the bill came up to RM66.00 and the boss rounded it up to RM60.00, so very nice of him. We sure would be going back for more.

  3. Wow, they even took the trouble to remove the skin of the brinjal. I love brinjal too, be it in curry or fry with sambal. Mutton masala looks really good.

    I hear that is an Indonesian practice – grill the brinjal, remove the skin and serve with sambal. Nice…and if you ask my girl, she will say it is super nice. She loves brinjal. Mutton masala was good, maybe a little nicer than the curry…just a little but at the end of the day, it is still something like curry.

  4. Looks like Sibu is a foodie’s dream with so many eateries serving delicious food. All the dishes you presented here sound so tasty!

    I guess that’s about it that may be of interest here – the food. Not much else – you’ll find the same and others a lot better elsewhere, those sights that tourists would go for unless you venture further to the Dayak longhouse or to the Melanau places. I wish we had a Vietnamese place here though – there were two but they did not last very long. Maybe people in those days were not that adventurous in their eating habits.

  5. Yum! Love those tuak 😛

    Go slow on those. Like vodka, nice to drink…and it takes a while for the kick to kick in and you’d be dead to the world till you wake up the next morning! 😀

  6. The food looked appetizing. I would like that ikan sumbat myself. And the ayam kalio. Tasted it once, forget where I had it.

    Tuak on the house? That was nice.

    1 more week to go before schools reopen. Time flies.

    Cafe Ind, I guess. You’ve been there, haven’t you? But not the ikan sumbat, I think. That one is new on their menu. We love the food there. Indeed, the free tuak was a nice gesture – only at their Giant outlet, not the one in the town.

    Sighhhhhh!!!! Just one more week to go. 😦

  7. Has been a while since I had Briyani… Must tell them lesser rice if I were to eat it, else can’t finish it…

    Yes, quite a struggle for my girl too when she eats this – I would have to help her.

  8. yup its the school holidays, 2 weeks! how did i know? coz martin’s kindy also off 2 weeks

    So you have your hands full these two weeks then…or Janice takes care of it all, super woman? 😀

  9. Everything looks good to me. Feeling so hungry right now hee..hee..

    I am so so so full – just had dinner, our own home-cooked asam seafood with udang galah and sotong, so so nice. Slurpssss!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  10. An SMS from the boss is certainly taking service to great heights … kudos to them for the thoughtfulness!

    Yes, nice of him to show that they care – customer satisfaction should be a priority when they are in this line. Many have heads too big for their feet and do not take kindly to comments and criticisms.

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