Pick me…

I took my girl here for lunch that day as I wanted her to try the butter chicken (RM18.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe butter chicken

…that I enjoyed so much.

She also wanted the mashed potatoes (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe mashed potatoes

…which she likes a lot. Theirs is different from the usual – for one thing, it is cooked, not just boiled and mashed and it has a strong taste of garlic.

We had our favourite here, the pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

…as well and one of her mum’s favourites, the green curry chicken (RM16.00)…

Payung Cafe green curry chicken

…and the lamb masala (RM19.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe lamb masala

I asked her which one she felt tasted better – the true blue authentic Indian butter curry chicken here or this one and being the very diplomatic girl that she is, she said that she thought both were nice.

I wouldn’t say that I do not agree with her as the two dishes taste quite different and yes, both are nice but looking at the comments on the former in my post that day, it seems that many were up in arms against anything yogurt. Well, if there is any in the one here, I could not taste it at all and no, it is not sourish like the Indian one. Having said that, I do think both are nice in their own ways and yes, I would want to order them again as and when I feel like it.

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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Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Pick me…”

  1. Oh, many are up in arms against anything yogurt!? More for me then as I love to eat anything yogurt as long as not too sweet.

    See comment below – there’s one already! 😀 Yogurt sweet? Usually it is sourish and no, I do not drink it straight. My girl does – she seems to enjoy it. For one thing, it is good for health, I heard. Had it the first time at an Indian restaurant in Penang in the 90’s, fresh yogurt – they served everyone a glass after the meal and my friend said that was the usual practice – it would help wash out all the fat and the oil.

    1. I love to order lassi (yogurt drinks) in Indian eateries. I would ask for plain lassi without salt because sometimes they would add a bit of salt to balance the sour taste. My next favourite is Mango lassi and I would ask for less sweet if possible. I would be very disappointed if the Indian eatery says no lassi drink on the menu because to me, lassi is an important element of a complete Indian meal. 😦

      Ah yes!!! Not a fan of plain yogurt but I love mango lassi!!! I must check their drinks menu next time – this is probably the only place in the world with 3 menus – one Indian, one Indonesian and one for drinks. Usually we never bother to look as we will usually ask for iced water and sometimes, my girl will ask for their iced ginger tea. I’ve had that before and yes, I loved it!

  2. Anything with yogurt, leave me out. For sure, I like the pamelo salad.

    I guess you don’t eat at Indian restaurants…or if you do, you do not even know there’s yogurt in their cooking, North Indian especially. You may detect a little bit of the sourish taste or with all the spices and ingredients used in the cooking, you can’t tell it is there at all. Don’t ask me to drink it straight – I don’t like it that way too.

  3. Yogurt used in Indian curry. To reduce the spiciness and make the dish creamier and thick. I tasted before in authentic Indian restaurant. It was alright but I dont really fancy it. Haha.

    Each has their own preferences and likes ao no one is right or wrong.

    Indeed, like I always say – to each his own. There is a yogurt chicken dish at Payung…but I am not a fan because it has green peppers in the creamy sauce and I don’t like that strong green taste of the vegetable…but my girl enjoys it very much. Maybe I will order that for her on our next visit.

  4. Pomelo salad is interesting. I think it’ll go well as a salad, but I’ve never had one.

    It’s very easy to make. That day I had some bean sprouts left so I blanched it lightly and added thinly sliced Bombay onions and tossed it all in calamansi lime, pounded chili, pounded udang kering and thinly sliced Thai basil leaves, sprinkled some crushed peanut over it…and it tasted quite like the pomelo salad. Must be the basil leaves, their secret to the very nice salad dish!

  5. I like the mashed potato…

    Same as my reply to Claire above – you will never know what theirs tastes like unless you come to Sibu – very different from all the rest everywhere and my girl loves it so much. Will want to order it everytime.

  6. I’ve only ever eaten the Indian butter chicken cooked by my aunt. She does it really well and I loved it. Too bad I forgot to ask for the recipe 😦

    So many Indian shops over there and you’ve not had their butter chicken curry? Oh dear! We only have one and it’s part Indian, part Indonesian. Nice! I love it.

  7. That first dish looks delicious, Arthur, and the mashed potatoes as well!

    The chicken is spicy though, not quite spicy enough for us though – we do like it hot.

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