Last minute…

Initially, we had planned to cook a few dishes and bring them over to my mum’s place so we could have a simple Chap Goh Meh (15th Night) dinner together – I knew that would have pleased her immensely. She was always happy when all of us gathered to partake in a meal together especially back in the good ol’ days when she was fit and able and could cook all our favourite dishes to savour and enjoy.

Unfortunately, that was not meant to be and we had to change our plans at the very last minute because when we went over to spend some time with her that morning, she was not doing too well and eventually, we had to admit her into a medical centre here and we were there all day and did not have any time to cook anything at all.

When evening came, we wanted to go some place for dinner but most of the Chinese places were closed or packed to the brim. It certainly looked like these days, most people did not bother to cook and opted to just eat out – for one thing, it was a Friday, a working day.

In the end, we dropped by here (again) and this time around, I went for something on the Indian menu, the chicken masala with biryani rice (RM18.00)…

The Cafe Ind chicken masala biryani 1

…and yes, it was very nice and I did enjoy that…

The Cafe Ind chicken masala biryani 2

…very much.

Of course, my girl wanted the biryani rice as always but instead of her usual lamb curry from the Indian menu, this time she decided to go for the butter chicken curry (RM20.00)…

The Cafe Ind butter chicken curry

…instead. It did take a while longer to prepare though – the North Indian chef had to cook the tandoori chicken first and then use it to cook the butter chicken curry and yes, my girl loved it a lot – so much nicer than what she used to have at an Indian restaurant in Wellington, New Zealand which, she said, was kind of sweet, quite unlike the one here.

The mum stuck steadfastly to the Indonesian menu but at least, she decided to pick something different for a change this time around and had their ayam bakar berempah set (RM14.50)…

The Cafe Ind ayam bakar berempah set

…and she was overwhelmed by how very nice the chicken was though personally, I did feel they could have done a better job with the egg.

We also ordered one kalio ayam curry set (RM14.50) for my sister who had to hold the fort at the medical centre and could not go out to eat with us that evening.

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind one block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located.

Author: suituapui

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

12 thoughts on “Last minute…”

  1. All 4 dishes you mentioned here are chicken meals but cooked in very different ways and I would like to try the butter chicken the most though the chicken bakar looks very tempting too. Even though it was not meant to be, your mother would be pleased with your intention to cook a few dishes to eat with her for chap goh meh.

    No beef on the Indian menu here, of course and my girl did not want the mutton that night. The beef rendang on the Indonesian menu is very good but we did not have that that night. Fish is not something to go for right now, expensive because of Chinese New Year and good ones are hard to come by.

    Indeed, we can plan but everything is in God’s hands. Some things are just not meant to be.

  2. Of all the chicken dishes above, my choice would be the ayam bakar berempah. Though I agree they could have done a better job with the egg but I think your missus won’t mind a bit & eat what was served.

    She didn’t. She’s not a very big eater so she gave it to me – it did not look great on the outside and inside, it was over-cooked, no runny yolk.

  3. Indian or Indonesian cuisine, I like both. But I would opt for Biryani. Hehe.

    Your mother was blessed and lived happily till her last breath. God bless her soul.

    Amen. Thanks for your kind words.

    My missus would stick to Indonesian, my girl the Indian – I am better, will switch from one to the other, not a problem at all.

  4. Everything looks delicious. Looking up Biryani rice, I can’t say that I’ve ever made that, but based on the ingredients that I toss into my meals, I have made something similar. I do enjoy cooking. I don’t always know what I’m going to prepare or what spices/herbs I will use, but it usually turns out just fine. I can remember the days (long ago) when my experimentation didn’t always bring about great results. LOL… I just picked myself up and tried again.

    Sounds like my kind of cooking – play by ear…or rather, follow the nose. I can’t follow recipes, just cook following my instincts. So far, things have turned out all right, I think I am better at it now – not too bad…but long ago, I had had some disasters and I just quietly threw everything away. 😀

  5. Butter chicken curry? Is that really its name? I think I might have eaten it before but not too sure. Now I’m curious to find out how it taste like! 😀

    You can get that at most, if not all, Indian restaurants, North Indian. Nice.

  6. The chicken masala with biryani rice looks so fresh. I think I’d enjoy that too.

    I would give my thumbs up to most of the things they have here in their menu, both Indian and Indonesian. Good place to check out and enjoy the food.

  7. Feel like eating briyani again, but I have to tell them less rice unless I share with my mum…

    Yes, the rice serving is really huge and surprisingly, my girl can finish it all without fail, but not when we have plain rice.

  8. i guess it seems unusual to have indian and indonesian fare for chap goh meh, but what matters most is having your family around you! i didn’t manage to have a family gathering for chap goh meh due to logistical issues, but my thoughts were with my family anyway 🙂

    My family is somewhat Peranakan so Chap Goh Meh or whatever occasion, the food has never been necessarily Chinese. There will be curry and all the nyonya dishes. It seems that a lot of people have strayed from the norm – these days, one can see what everybody eats on Facebook and many do not seem to stick to the usual Chinese favourites and will have sushi and kim chi and pasta and all that.

  9. It’s chinese New Year and all chinese shops , except the restaurants are usually closed for a week the most.
    I’m a fan of nasi briyani too and I love those you are having. In fact , I have one yesterday with chicken masala.

    A week!!! Not here. Except for a few, most will close for one, two or three days only. I guess over there, many will balik kampung or like the ones here, they would take the chance to go for their once-a-year holiday.

  10. I think I celebrated my Chap Goh Meh with my aunties from Singapore, then movie date with gf, well a fruitful one haha

    So romantic, eh? When’s the big day? Invite me, ok? I’ll fly over to Penang! 😉

  11. I love me some North Indian food from time to time, and this one certainly looks the part!

    This one’s truly North Indian, authentic and very very nice, definitely a cut above all the Indian places in town.

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