Beef it up…

The other night, I felt like having jelly pisang, literally translated as banana jelly (RM9.00)…

Payung Cafe jelly pisang

…so I dropped by here…

Payung Cafe decor

…for that. Incidentally, lovers of their durian ice cream…

Payung Cafe durian ice cream
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…do take note that they’ve run out of the fresh durian cream so it is no longer available till the next durian season comes around. You can have their mango ice cream though, the one with the cream of our local variety, the buah quinee

Payung Cafe mango (quineee) ice cream
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…but no, you will not get chunks of the fruit in it. Maybe if the fruit is in season, you can ask for that but not right now – you will get just the cream.

Well, since we were there already that night, we went ahead and had our dinner before heading home. For one thing, there are no vegetable dishes here other than their rojak or salad and as always, we had our favourite, the pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

…that night. You may call up and put in a special request in advance for their tetek (tapioca leaves with sweet potatoes) or their paku (wild jungle fern)with santan (coconut milk) but no, you will not find those in their regular menu.

My missus stuck loyally to their kacang ma chicken (RM16.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe kacang ma chicken

…and I decided to try their new dish, the sedha beef (RM20.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe sedha beef

…which they say, is originally a Bangladeshi recipe. According to Andy, sedha means simple but from the taste, bursting with flavours with all the ingredients used in the cooking, I don’t think it is all that simple to cook. For one thing, they do not have beef on their menu either, other than their beef spaghetti…

Payung Cafe beef spaghetti

…if I remember correctly so this is indeed a welcome change.

It was very nice, the meat was tender but it was a non-spicy dish. I was thinking that some pounded green cili padi would spice things up a little or the next time I order this, I can request for that and add it in myself.

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 “Beef it up…”

  1. I still have yet to try Durian Ice Cream!!!! I’ve heard wonderful things about it but also heard you either love it or hate it. LOL! I have had freeze fried Durian and dehydrated Durian but not fresh yet! Also…LOVE those light fixtures, too!

    I think those “lampshades” are, in fact, fish traps. They’re very creative here, taking simple stuff that nobody would cast a second glance at and using it tastefully for their decor.

    I am not crazy about durian but I love durian desserts.

  2. As always I love the pamelo salad & rojak where generous amount of rojak paste & crushed peanuts are given. My favourite kacang ma too.

    You may get nicer kacang ma in Kuching, not many people eating it here. Not easily available in Sibu.

  3. I was thinking of kacangma yesterday! Lol. Long time I did not cook it. Lazy.if there is in Chinese economy rice, I would tapau some and add some wine in it. Hehe.

    Ooo. New menu. No Bangladeshi outlet over here. Lucky you.

    It’s not all Bangladeshi here, just that the boss has some Bangla boys working for him, mostly for his gardening and landscaping contracts and they can cook…so he picks what he likes and creates his own. I know there is candlenut used in this one and bay leaves too.

    So hard to find kacang ma here, much less at any chap fan place. At least, the one here is available on a regular basis. I know of only one other place but only on weekends – yet to go and try, looks kind of watery in the photo.

  4. That ice cream looks so creamy. Not going near it though if there’s even a hint of durian in it 😉

    You’d better stick to the mango then. 😀 I’m no fan of durian but I love durian desserts.

  5. Mango, another of my favourite…

    This is quinee, our local mango – stronger fragrance and taste, banned in hotels…like durians. 😀

  6. Now I want that bangla dish too!

    Come on over! You’ll be surprised what little town had to offer, sure you will not be disappointed – every different from your side in more ways than one.

  7. The banana jelly’s an attractive looking drink and the pomelo salad looks interesting. I’ve had pomelos many times, but never in a salad.

    It’s very nice and so simple to make. Just add very thinly sliced carrot, cucumber and Bombay onions…and the most important ingredient, Thai basil leaves. Without the leaves, the taste will not be quite there. Squeeze calamansi lime juice – I guess lime or lemon would be fine or even vinegar but the taste will be a bit different – I may add a bit of sugar to counter the sour taste. You may add anything else that you want like torch ginger flower petals perhaps, bits of chili or chili flakes or a sprinkling of crushed peanut. So very nice and refreshing when served cold from the fridge.

    The jelly pisang is easy to make too – just put jelly (cherry flavour, not too sour unlike strawberry), sliced bananas in a glass, add sugar syrup and shaved ice and pour evaporated milk over the ice. Mix and enjoy! The one here they use vanilla ice cream so no need for the sugar syrup, sweet enough, and the shaved ice.

  8. They need to issue you a VIP card… wait? Your face tells that you are indeed a VIP!

    Why would I need a card? Everybody’s a VIP here, service is always good never mind who.

  9. Gosh, that durian ice cream is to die for! I haven’t had any durians at all this year 😦

    Unfortunately, it is not available at this point in time. Have to wait for the durian season – usually I would ask for extra durian cream and they would happily oblige, so nice of them.

  10. Its summer here and those desserts of your looks tempting, now I want some ice cream

    Is it going to be hot this summer? I know some places up north are already experiencing freezing temperatures and it is not even winter yet.

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