In my previous post, I mentioned that I went to the airport to pick my paternal cousin and her hubby from the UK…and by the time we were on the way to the hotel, it was already around 4.00 p.m. and that was a little too early for dinner so we stopped by here along the way for a little something in the meantime.

Peter, the very nice and generous boss, had these miniature dabai (our local black olives)…

Miniature dabai

…for lunch and there were some left over so he let me try. My cousin was delighted that she got to try the dabai, small though they were, as the season was over and it would be difficult to come by any at this point in time.

They were very nice, rich and creamy, just very small…and guess what! Peter gave me what was left of those he bought that morning, half a kilo, at least, to take home. When I shared the photograph on Facebook, my maternal cousin in Kuching said that our grandma used to call these dabai seluang, seluang being those small freshwater herrings that we used to get in abundance in the river that flows by our town.

My cousin and her hubby was first here in 2009 and then, she came again in 2014 and again in 2016. They did not come last year and this year, they were back. Usually, she would go to Miri every year for Chinese New Year – her mum lives there with her brother and her sister would be there too…and when she came that day, she brought along for me…

Fruit cake from David & Patricia

…this delightful fruit cake…

Fruit cake

…that her sister-in-law made. My! My! Even before I removed the layers of wrappers, I could smell the liquor from within. Yum yummm!!!

Anyway, back to the brief stop we made, Phil, the hubby had their coconut shake…

Payung Cafe coconut shake
*Archive photo*

…that I like a lot and yes, he loved it too – very rich and creamy, he said.

We also shared the durian ice cream…

Payung Cafe durian ice cream

…and yes, theirs is not those artificially durian-flavoured ice cream but ice cream with fresh durian cream. While we were there, Eleanor, my cousin, also grabbed hold of one tub of the kuih bangkit – there were still a few left.

We just had their pomelo salad…

Pomelo salad

– they had those pink ones that day – as we were saving our tummy space for dinner that night and talking about dinner, that will have to wait till the next post. Stick around!

PAYUNG CAFÉ (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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15 thoughts on “Briefly…”

  1. I am still learning to get use to eating the dabai. Still prefer the pomelo salad. Very rare to come across this pink pomelo.

    Yes, but there’s not much of a difference though except for the colour. No need to learn, too many people love it, high demand = high prices. 😦

  2. I prefer those pink pomelo, they seem to have better flavors…

    They do? I couldn’t taste the difference. Perhaps like the regular ones, they vary from fruit to fruit…or tree to tree.

  3. gong xi fa cai and happy chinese new year Arthur!!! πŸ˜€

    Hmmmm….just made it in time, eh? Just a few days left to Chap Goh Meh. Thanks for the greeting and the same to you too.

  4. The pomelo salad looks nice!!
    Gong Xi Fa Cai, Arthur πŸ™‚

    Thank you, and the same to you and your loved ones.

    I dare say most everything at Payung is nice, a must-visit for anyone who comes to town.

  5. I could imagine the wonderful smell of the fruit cake. Once I tasted fruit cake with rum and it was addictive. An ang mo made it and it wasn’t cheap, I remember.

    A nice munching in Payung.

    Yes, my aunt in Kuching adds rum to hers, very very nice!

  6. Oohhh…that fruit cake is to be savored slowly to make it last hee..hee..

    That’s a huge one but even so, I’m saving half to eat at a later date. I’m the only one eating, not gluten free so my girl is not eating…and the mum suddenly imagines herself being gluten-intolerant too so is staying off anything wheat too. She did eat a slice or two though, tempted! πŸ˜€

  7. the pomelo salad looks wholesome and refreshing – a nice balance to the sinfulness of the fruit cake and the ice cream, heheh πŸ˜€

    Always good to have a balance, yin and yang. πŸ˜‰

  8. Neat to see your local olives! And I can’t wait for spring and summer to make some fruit salads!

    It’s March now, should be spring soon but they’re experiencing horrendously-cold weather in the UK, snowing like never before. Brrrrr!!!!

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