Dance the night away…

Mr. Chen of Hornland Dance, Peter’s partner and co-owner of Payung Café, gave me three complimentary tickets to go and watch one of the shows at the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) here…

Dewan Suarah Sibu

…in conjunction with the Sibu International Dance Festival 2017

SIDF 2017

…that attracted dancers from different countries all over the world, some 180 of them, to our humble little town on the 29th of August till the 2nd of September this year.

The show would only start at 7.30 p.m. so at around 6.00 p.m., we went for a simple dinner here and of course, we had their lovely clear fish maw soup…

A-Plus fish maw soup

…that I’ve always enjoyed and their special golf-sized ngor hiang/lor bak

A-Plus ngor hiang

I did not know until Robert told me the other night that they would add lokan (clams) to the ingredients used for the filling. No wonder it is so nice, so very different from the rest.  My missus would use prawns whereas those supposedly “better” ones elsewhere, at best, would have bay ka/ikan tenggiri (mackerel) or at least, that would be what they tell you.

I asked for the midin (wild jungle fern)…

A-Plus midin

…to be fried like how they would do their long beans dish, dry and with sambal hay bee (dried prawns) but there was gravy in what was served and it was a tad too salty which we felt was due to the belacan (dried prawn paste) used.

I enjoyed what we had here that night so I ordered an omelette with bitter gourd…

A-Plus bitter gourd omelette

…and it turned out to be really very nice! I sure would want to order that again the next time I drop by here.

I went to the counter to pay our bill after we were done and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the food came up to only RM30.80, inclusive of rice! That means that it was only around RM28.00 for the four dishes and we felt that was really cheap!

After having had our fill, we made our way to the Dewan Suarah and upon arrival, we were amazed and really impressed by the decor in the foyer…

SIDF 2017 decor 1

They had commissioned Peter of Payung Café to do it…

SIDF 2017 decor 2

…and looking at the decor at the restaurant, this sure came as no surprise…

SIDF 2017 decor 3

…at all…

SIDF 2017 decor 4

He most certainly did a terrific job…

SIDF 2017 decor 5

…right down to the intricate weaving of the birds…

SIDF 2017 decor 6

…using the dried leaves.

Of course, a lot of people would not want to miss the chance to have their photographs taken…

SIDF 2017 decor 7

…with all the beautifully unique displays before entering the hall to watch the performances.

Yes, we enjoyed the dances, both cultural and contemporary abstract, that night but photographs were not allowed so I did not take any – if you are interested, you can click the links to their Facebook pages above to have a look. They certainly have a whole lot to share of all the events held during the course of the entire festival.

A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653) is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu behind the block of shops (where Fair Price Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

Author: suituapui

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16 thoughts on “Dance the night away…”

  1. I like all the dishes & best is still the price, cant’t believe it. Is that lap cheong in the bitter gourd omelette? Peter has the gifted talent. The decor are so beautifully done.

    Yes, that’s lap cheong. Just a few slices and I think they helped bring the taste to a whole new level. Even my missus who is not into lap cheong said it was really very nicely done.

    I loved the decor. So amazed by it all when we entered the place, really impressive.

  2. Good that all of you enjoyed the performance, a wonderful evening. I like fish maw and I like that bitter gourd omelette too.

    Both good and their ngor hiang’s really very special, the best I’ve had anywhere and everywhere.

    It sure was a lovely evening, truly a great break for us from our usual daily routine. I sure needed that!

  3. Was it the same dance event that held last year (or a year before) near Sibu wharf? I remember you blogged something about that.

    And wow! 3 free tickets to watch the show. Nice. I love the ethnic decoration in Dewan Suarah.

    Fish maw soup! Yes, I like mine clear, not gooey and starchy. Haha. Which reminded me I still have a pack of fish maw in fridge!! From CNY hamper!

    Yes, that was 2 years ago – 2015.
    It is an annual event, held every year…but the dances and dancers would not be the same – it all depends on who will be coming. The open air show is now at the Kutien Memorial Park, so far away. We did not go last year and this year, it was in the afternoon – 1 pm till 7 pm and that day, it was extra hot so we decided to give it a miss.

    Peter sure did a great job with the decor, so very nice.

    I would prefer this clear fish maw soup over the thick ones, all corn starch – some places cook it like sharks’ fin soup, minus the offensive stuff and replaced with fish maw instead. This clear one here is so much nicer.

  4. The omelete with bitter ground sold me again! and always. I wish you covered the dance too so we can watch it for free! hahaha

    Photography not allowed…like when one goes to the theatre, all those musicals that I enjoy so much. I think it is not allowed at the movies too…or here,
    at least.

  5. Why golf size (for the ngor heong)?

    Dare to be different! Nice change from the long ones that would have to be sliced…and all the filling would drop out when you eat it. 😦

  6. Everything I like, except bitter gourd…

    You should try – cannot be too dead set in your ways. My girl would not touch it before, now it is one of her favourite vegetables. Nice and crunchy and the ones these days are not bitter at all, a lot nicer than many other vegetables.

  7. if you have an instagram account, the photos of the decor would be worth posting on instagram! 😀

    Unfortunately, I don’t, just a twitter account but I forgot the password. I’m active on Facebook though.

  8. Lap cheong in the bitter gourd omelette sounds like a great idea. I’ll try making one soon.

    They did not put a lot, just a few pieces, so the smell and taste were not overpowering. I like them in plain omelette with sliced Bombay onions too.

  9. The dance festival reminds me of the many dance festivals here in our country. The dancers will spend a lot of money and efforts just to showcase their talents.

    I think there was a group from the Philippines but they were not in the programme that night when we went to watch the show.

  10. What a beautiful evening for the three of you…. food and entertainment all turned out good!

    Yes, it was really great, truly a welcome change from our usual daily routine.

  11. I love dance! I mean, watching other people dance because I have two left feet 🙂

    I used to dance a lot…and I used to sing too! How I miss the good old days, the best years of my life!

  12. The omelet looks very good, Arthur! And your post reminds me of my teenage years and disco! 🙂

    Yes, it was great…and yes, had some really good times during those wonderful days way back then.

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