New found love…

First and foremost, allow me to extend my greetings on this very special and auspicious occasion to my dear and loved ones in the family and also to all my friends…

Hari Raya 2018

Tangan dihulur, maaf dipinta
Erat hubungan sesama kita
Semoga gembira di hari yang mulia ini
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Maaf zahir dan batin.

Earlier this week, Monday, the 11th of June was the 100th Day of my dear mum’s demise and this coming Sunday is Father’s Day so other than the prayers together with our relatives and friends at the house that night, that morning, we made our way to the memorial park…


…bringing flowers and to offer some prayers…

100th Day/Father's Day 2018

…before we made our way back to town.

We stopped by some place for brunch before sending my sis home and then we went to pick my cousins from Kuching at their hotel. It was near lunchtime by then and they wanted to go to the must-go not-to-be-missed place here so we took them there and we just had a bit as we were already quite full after the brunch we had earlier.

They wanted their favourite here, the belimbing prawns (RM17.00)…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawns

…and Peter, the boss, was so very nice as always and went out of his way to cook specially for us this huge serving! The people at the next table saw it and said they wanted that too but of course, their serving was very much smaller. I told Peter that if they complained, he could tell them that we ordered a double/triple. LOL!!!

They also wanted the otak-otak (RM13.00, with rice)…

Payung Cafe otak-otak

…that they liked a lot and the jelly pisang (RM9.00)…

Payung Cafe jelly pisang

…which they served in a bowl so that it would be a lot easier to stir and mix everything together compared to having it in a tall glass.

I suggested ordering the Payung fish (RM15.00, with rice)

Payung fish 1

…the ikan keli (catfish) cooked in soy sauce with a bit of taucheo (fermented beans), garlic, ginger and lots of serai (lemon grass)…and chili too. Initially, they were somewhat reluctant for fear of being disappointed as we used to cook this ourselves at home and like how we would go to some nyonya restaurants and order dishes we can cook ourselves, we end up feeling shortchanged in the end.

In the end, they agreed so we had that…

Payung Fish 2
*cousin’s photo on Facebook*

…and it sure bowled them over – it was so very good and they enjoyed it to the max, finishing all the fish and the sauce leaving behind only the stalks of serai and what have you. That sure was a new found love at the very first bite and I am pretty sure that the next time they come here, they would want to have that again.

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.

7 thoughts on “New found love…”

  1. Wow! Didn’t know you pandai berpantun. The memorial park looks so well managed and lovely, not scary at all unlike graveyards of olden days. Food looks so delicious! Good that Peter and his team is keeping the standard high and is consistently maintaining the high standard.

    These days, with Google, one can do anything! LOL!!!

    That’s Nirvana – I think there is one in KL/Selangor too, dunno if the one there is as nice or not. They have one in Kuching as well.

    The same people have been with Payung for years and years – I think that explains the consistency. Some places may be good but once the chefs leaves, the quality goes downhill…or sometimes, the owners leave everything to their employees and after a while, they get sloppy…or lazy. Sad.

  2. As always food at Payung looks so great. At first glance of the ikan keli, I thought it was kacangma. Good company with yummy food and ends up with happy tummy.

    Always a good place to go to, lots more on their menu that are good. My cousins went for dim sum breakfast that morning so they were quite full too – that was why they could not order more.

  3. Happy holidays to you and family. And Happy father’s day to you!

    I would love to try that ikan keli. Must be delicious. Otak-otak. I remember it was too spicy for my palate. Spicy but good and flavorful.

    Thank you. Same to you and your family…and to your hubby too!
    The otak-otak was all right before – these days, it is really very spicy.

  4. The Remembrance Park (2nd Photo) is beautiful.

    It is. A very quiet, peaceful place, very beautiful too. Definitely does not feel eerie like those traditional cemeteries.

  5. Happy Holiday and Happy Father’s Day….

    Otak is one of my favourite food, never get tired of eating it…

    Thank you. Happy holidays to you too. I love otak-otak…or otah as it is called in Singapore.

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