This time every year…

It was Mother’s Day last Sunday, the second Sunday in May, and this time every year, I would buy something nice, flowers, a cake or cookies, something for my mum on this special day.

This is my first Mother’s Day without her – she passed away on the 4th of March this year so last Saturday, we made our way to our parents’ resting place…

To wish her a Happy Mum's Day

…specially to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. We brought some flowers, lighted some candles and after saying some prayers for the repose of their souls, we headed back into town.

We decided to stop by here for brunch, a little celebration of our own in advance as the very next day, we would be sending our girl back to her school in the jungle. No, we did not have anything special, just our usual favourites – I had their Bangladeshi lamb curry (RM19.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe Bangladeshi lamb curry

…while my sister had their green chicken curry (RM16.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe green chicken curry

My girl also had lamb, her favourite lamb masala (RM19.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe lamb masala

…while the mum stuck faithfully to their kacang ma chicken (RM16.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe kacang ma chicken

I could not resist ordering their version of the tempoyak or fermented durian (RM18.00)…

Payung Cafe tempoyak

…to share. I had run out of what I had stocked up in my freezer a long time ago and I really felt like having that that day.

This was on the house, their very nice pomelo salad…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

…and Peter, the boss also gave to my  girl and the mum some kim chi

Kim chi from Peter

…that some relative of his, a niece or somebody married to somebody in Korea and residing there, made when he or she was back in town. That sure sounds like it’s pretty authentic, eh?

No, we did not have anything grand, just this simple brunch, but it was of course, no less meaningful as all of us in the immediate family here had the chance to get together and to cherish the fond memories of our dear mum on this very special day.

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.

Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “This time every year…”

  1. A very delicious brunch, not simple at all, imagine all the effort needed to cook all these dishes. Definitely not simple. Look at the kacang ma chicken. So thick and not diluted. Must be very tasty!

    No, the kacang ma was at best just ok that day, they had some problem with the wine – see my reply to Irene below. The lamb in the curry and the masala sure took a lot of effort, I know – 8 hours in the slow cooker after cooking.

  2. Bless your mother’s soul to have such good children. Your parents final resting place is so peaceful looking and serene.

    Exactly what my girl said that day, very calm and restful. Not the regular cemetery this one, Nirvana Memorial.

  3. Very nice and lovely brunch. One look I know what I like most, of course kacang ma & pamelo salad.

    Lately the kacang ma is not as nice as in the past. We did mention it to the boss and he said the wine his supplier gave him this time was not as good. My missus will get the best white wine through her sister-in-law who would get it from the brewer – we would not settle for less here, not the ones from the shops, not nice.

  4. the dishes do look good. The serving size do look large enough for 2 or more each?

    Yes, normally we order one meat dish for the three of us, one salad and extra rice and we share. Inexpensive, delightful meal. That day, four of us including my sis and we ordered our own favourite, one each, special occasion mah!

  5. That’s a very beautiful resting place you all did for your parents.

    Not too bad when my dad bought the lots sometime ago – like everything else when he was around, he planned it all very meticulously. Just like houses these days, not that affordable anymore.

  6. The fermented durian, if in buffet, I can eat a lot of it…

    Here, no need to wait for buffet – just drop by Payung, order and enjoy. So very nice, will want to order extra rice.

  7. Your missus and Melissa must be delighted to get the kimchi, knowing how huge a Korean fan they are.

    Very nice resting place for your parents. They have done a good job bringing up good kids and now you are doing equally a great job in raising Melissa ❤

    Yes, they love anything and everything Korean. The mum used it to fry some pork and I did enjoy it too – maybe it was not well-fermented yet, not so smelly.

    We’re trying our best and I sure am glad she is such a sweet girl with a kind and generous heart though sometimes I do wish she had a streak of meanness in her – one would need that to survive in this world, not easily bullied or taken advantage of by others.

  8. Sorry for your loss.

    The tempoyak looks really good, I haven’t had my share for a while now, hopeful to catch up some of my tempoyak allocation this puasa season.

    Well, puasa starts tomorrow, Thursday. Looking forward to checking out the Ramadan bazaars!

  9. As always, food at Payung is delightful. Your parents’ final resting place is so elegant and tranquil. I shudder every time I pass by those old fashioned graves.

    Me too! Eerie, scary. Maybe it is because of how they are depicted in those horror movies so we have that kind of mindset.

  10. That looks like a beautiful memorial. May your mama rest in peace.
    Lamb masala is something I’m yet to try. Bet I’d like it.

    Thanks. It sure is a nice place.

    This one is a bit different from the authentic Indian one that we have here in town which, to me, is something like a slight variation of a curry, but it’s very nice, maybe even nicer.

  11. Their Pomelo Salad never fails to mesmerize me

    The kind and generous boss was so nice as to come out with that huge plate of it himself for us.

  12. Sorry to learn about your mom.

    The lamb masala looks yummy to me, Kacang Ma is something I would like to try.

    You can get kacang ma at many chap fan stalls in Kuching, it is a Kuching Hakka thing – much cheaper and nicer there, I’m sure.

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