There’s a reason…

Yes, we were here

Payung Cafe Chinese New Year lanterns

…again but there was a reason for that. In my blogpost yesterday, I mentioned that I had to go to the hotel at the back to collect the bak kua that Mandy gave me and since we were there, I thought we would just stop by for lunch before going home.

It was Friday, their lei cha day and I was amazed by the number of people there specially for this Hakka delight (RM6.00)…

Payung Cafe lei cha
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No, I did not have that – I can take the bitterness and I am fine with the taste but no, it is not something I particularly enjoy and never mind that it is good for health – I’d much sooner give it a pass and go for something else.

It being our no-meat Friday, we had their otak-otak (RM13.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe otak-otak 1

…and were served one huge cylindrical one packed with the fish flakes…

Payung Cafe otak otak 2

…that were bursting with the flavours of all the ingredients used in the cooking/preparation.

However, that day, it was overshadowed by the absolutely out-of-this-world tom yam prawns (RM17.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe tom yam prawns

…which, upon our special request, was so so so spicy I was blowing out fire with every breath I took! Good grief!!! There were so many prawns in that huge bowl of awesome goodness – normally, there will only be 3 in one serving but that day, we counted 15, five servings and we were only charged for one. *face palm*

I told my missus that we could always pack what was left to take home for dinner but she was enjoying it so much that when she was done, there wasn’t very much left so we just finished it all up there and then. Now, if you still don’t see why we keep going back here again and again, this special treatment alone is reason enough for us to do that.

My missus said that the gravy was creamy like they added milk or santan but what I found out was that they cook everything from scratch using fresh ingredients and the creamy appearance is the result of the use of fresh tomatoes, no milk and no santan and unlike other places where the tom yam tastes like it all came out of a bottle of tom yam paste, theirs is nothing like it – a class of its own, a cut above the rest.

[Incidentally, to whom it may concern, Payung Café will be closed on the 1st Day of Chinese New Year – Friday, the 16th of February and will resume business in the evening of the 2nd Day, dinner only, on Saturday, the 17th.]

The following day, Saturday, we went here again and yes, there was a reason for that as well. My girl saw on Facebook the photo that I shared of the nasi kerabu with ayam percik that my missus had that day…

Warong Cafe nasi kerabu ayam percik, drunstick
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…and said she would like to go for that and of course, whatever she wants, she gets!

I had the nasi ayam (chicken rice)…

Warong Cafe nasi ayam 1
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…once and it was really very good and my missus wanted to have a go at it for a change (RM5.50)…

Warong Cafe nasi ayam 2

…but what came out of the kitchen eventually did not look half as nice. Thankfully, it tasted all right but I am quite sure she will go back to her favourite, their nasi kerabu with ayam percik, drumstick the next time we come here.

I ordered their nasi goreng ayam penyet (RM8.00)…

Warong Cafe nasi goreng ayam penyet 1

…to see if it was any good as I had  seen a lot of people having their fried rice and it did look kinda nice.

The rice was all right – I did not think there was anything that would make it stand out a head above the rest (including my own fried rice that I would dish out myself at home)…

Warong Cafe nasi goreng ayam penyet 2

…and I did not quite like the texture of the chicken. I was told by someone that it was due to the original Indonesian way of cooking the chicken – they actually boil it first before frying!

The sambal (dip) was great and I liked the complimentary soup too…

Warong Cafe nasi goreng ayam penyet 3

…but all things considered, especially the somewhat high price tag, I would definitely go for some of the nicer stuff, or to me at least, that they have here instead of this.

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 and WARONG CAFE (2.318841, 111.831732), formerly Sri Tanjung Cafe, is located among the shops in between Jalan Tapang and Jalan Tapang Timur towards the end of Jalan Kampung Nangka on the left – RTM Sibu is located right across the road on the right

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Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “There’s a reason…”

  1. I wouldn’t mind having no meat day everyday if seafood is allowed on no meat days.

    In the old days, fish was very cheap, dirt cheap. These days, eating fish, the only penance would be to fork out all that money to buy it. So expensive.

  2. Wow! The tom yum was fiery even for you! Lol.

    The otak otak looked good. I have not have a good one for many years.

    Lei cha. Good for health and detox but I would add lots of kiam hu and peanuts to offset the bitterness. Lol.

    My girl was not with us that day so we could go all the way, super extra spicy. She cannot handle it as well as my missus and I. The otak at Absolute Tribal was quite good but they are no longer serving that, different people running the place now, different concept.

    Got kiam hu in lei cha? I wouldn’t mind that – will surely make it taste better, that’s for sure. I had to add my own ikan bilis that time when I had it again.

  3. I go for the tom yum. 15 prawns for a normal price. Good deal.

    That nice Andy did the cooking that day, extra special. I wonder what Peter has to say when he finds out that he has given us so many. He always asks him to give us more but that’s supposed to be more than 3, not 15. 😀 😀 😀

  4. Don’t have the CNY mood yet, maybe i’m working until reunion day and resume work on the 4th CNY day, too short to call it a holiday lol

    Yes, 4th Day I will have to send my girl back to her school in the jungle already. i just mentioned to her yesterday that it just feels like another long weekend, no week-long holiday as in previous years. We’re not celebrating this year, anyway, so makes not much of a difference.

  5. I am not a fan of hakka lei cha too… don’t know how to enjoy it. Rather eat proper vege. Haha

    It’s the green herbal soup that is good for health. Just eating vegetables will not do the job of detoxifying and getting rid of all the toxins in your body.

  6. I had ayam penyet once in Singapore a few years ago. Very nice. I think it is a fairly recent dish, as I don’t remember it from my childhood days there.

    Yes, never heard of it before. It’s of Indonesian origin but it caught on here and started spreading like wild fire. Almost anybody and everybody is selling it and like everything else, there are good ones and not so good ones as well, gotta know where to go.

  7. Tempting me again with Payung! LOL… Nice Boss, Good Customer = Special Treatment!

    They even gave me some stuff for Chinese New Year, such wonderful people. Post on that coming soon.

  8. I have yet to try lei cha. I am afraid that after one mouthful, I would not want to eat anymore.

    Generally, I am not into healthy stuff but this is good for you. You feel so “clean”, after the after effects of the detoxification.

  9. LOVE the flowers! Are they edible flowers?

    Frangipani, very common flowers here – you see lots in Hawaii, I think…and no, they’re not edible or at least, I’ve never heard of people eating those.

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