For her…

Some of you may recall that I had the beef spaghetti

Payung Cafe beef spaghetti
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…here around a week ago and my girl wanted so much to enjoy it as well but she could not as the pasta was not gluten-free.

I wanted to buy the very special bolognese sauce for her to eat with the gluten-free spaghetti…

Gluten-free from Australia
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…that my cousin brought all the way from Australia for her not too long ago but Peter, the boss, did not seem all that willing to part with his existing stock and promised to cook it specially for her, extra fresh straight from the wok and he assured me that he would see to it that it would be extra nice too.

I am not a fan of the regular bolognese sauce – somehow, I would feel like eating tomato ketchup straight from the bottle and I can eat just about so much of the very cloyingly rich and creamy carbonara sauce – just a few spoonful and I would feel jelak already. I would much sooner go for aglio olio instead.

However, Peter’s special bolognese pasta sauce is nothing like the usual. There is tomato in it too but he uses fresh ones, one kilo of it with one kilo of beef, pureed and I don’t know what else goes into the cooking, probably Bombay onions, blended finely and some herbs as well. I hear there is kiwi fruit in it even and all in all, I would say that it tastes really good.

Well, true to his word, he and one of his boys, Andy, came knocking on my door on Friday last week and they passed me this…

Special Payung bolognese sauce

He had timed it in such a way so that my girl could enjoy it to her heart’s content when she came home for the weekend but unfortunately, it was our usual no-meat Friday so we had to wait until lunch the following day, Saturday.

This was what my girl had…

With gluten-free spaghetti

…with her gluten-free spaghetti and she loved it to the max!

She was getting kinda sick and tired of some of the (expensive) gluten-free stuff that she bought to eat, the biscuits or cookies and what not – they all tasted so different, the texture and taste were all not quite the same as the regular ones but she was delighted that the spaghetti was like…spaghetti.

Peter cooked her two packs of the most delightful sauce and we finished off one and she said that she would bring the other one with her back to her school in the jungle to eat with pasta or rice or maybe as a dip for some chips that she bought from a supermarket here.

I did not want to eat up her supply of the gluten-free pasta so I went and bought some angel hair and this was what I had…

With angel hair pasta

…and yes, I enjoyed it a lot too!

Thank you so much, Peter – you certainly made my girl very happy!

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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10 thoughts on “For her…”

  1. Gluten free pasta. I have never tried it, but I have tried Barilla, and it is very nice!

    We can’t get that brand here. The spaghetti we got from my cousin was very nice.

  2. If you ask me about spaghetti or angel hair, I can tell you frankly I know nuts about them. I call them Western noodles. Glad that Melissa enjoy what Peter had cooked for her.

    I did not either until I learnt from my girl. Angel hair is finer, smaller. I think I prefer it to spaghetti.

  3. It may have even been better on the Saturday – those types of sauces often are best left for a day to really bring out the flavour. There are lots of gluten-free options over this way now. Even just a couple of years back I couldn’t name a single place that does gluten-free meals but now there are a good number. You’ll have to bring her to visit KL sometime.

    Yes, would certainly want to hop over. We do get quite a lot of gluten-free stuff here now, dunno why. Makes me wonder if there are so many celiac disease sufferers or those who are gluten-intolerant or maybe some are going gluten-free by choice…like many are going carbs-free these days.

  4. so nice of you not to take up your daughter’s supply of gluten free pasta..:).. the meaty sauce does look enticing. yum

    Come on over! You’ll love the food here…and at many other places in Sibu, so near yet so far. Bring the whole family – they will like it here, I’m sure…and it is so cheap and nice, you will not believe it! AA flies direct KL to Sibu daily – everyone can fly!

  5. Peter is your personal chef! Haha. So kind of him to pass you the delicious sauce.

    Indeed for a very good bolognese sauce, you must have fresh tomatoes on top of the canned pureed one.

    I don’t think he used any of the canned tomato puree, just fresh tomatoes. That is why the colour is not blood red. Yes, he is very thoughtful and generous and what goes around comes around. I am glad to note that his business is rather good these days.

  6. Everyone loves Melissa! So nice of the Andy to cook specially for you and your family… I like Angel hair spaghetti too.. finer and easier to chew…

    Peter, not Andy but yes, Andy does help with the cooking at the cafe too. Very nice guy, excellent PR and service to anyone dropping by to dine there.

  7. Yum! The sauce sure looks good – so thick and packed with ingredients.

    So good, heaps better than those at the Italian restaurants here – not a fan of their bolognese or carbonara which would leave me with no other choice except aglio olio when ordering pasta.

  8. Gluten-free pasta. I ate it once and oh my goodness, I wasn’t aware it was gluten-free so I was taken aback at the texture. I even called the waiting staff to ask why is the texture so different. He did not know why so he went into the kitchen to get the chef. The chef came out and told me that since I ordered pasta for the boys, he thought it would be nice to give them gluten-free pasta for a healthier choice. I was like, no, no, no. My boys are okay with normal ‘unhealthy’ food -.-

    Anyway back to your post, Peter is always so nice. I can imagine Melissa’s delight. Poor girl is so bored of those store bought gluten-free stuffs already 😦

    I wonder what brand they used – for one thing, they sure do not come cheap. In fact, they’re VERY expensive…or here, at least. I wonder why they did that.

    This one was all right and my girl did get hold of some at a supermarket here, the one that brings in all the imported stuff, and she said they were good too…like any regular pasta but yes, the gluten-free biscuits and cookies…and some of the things she tried making herself got her really depressed, nothing like the real thing, some kind of sandy texture and the taste was completely out. So far, the only one that was very nice was the made-in-Australia Scottish shortbread from Butterfingers, nicer than the original, Walkers even!

    The thing is she misses those things she cannot eat and wants to buy or make her own to try and gets disappointed in the end. Lots of things she can eat actually – it just needs getting used to a gluten-free diet.

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