Last Saturday evening, the ladies went to see a special musical performance at the ballroom of a leading hotel in town but I did not go as we did not have enough of the complimentary tickets. It was scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. so we decided to go for dinner first and of course, it was very convenient to go here as they are, in fact, located back to back to each other.

I spotted this…

Payung Cafe centrepiece

…as soon as I got there. It seemed that they had not had that for a while, probably because they had been rather busy with this and that going on over these past few months or they ran out of those simple local flowers and it appears to me that all the plants here seem to thrive in the current dry weather – you can get to see all kinds in a myriad of colours all over town.

We had the papaya salad…

Payung Cafe papaya salad

…but my sis could not eat that as there was udang kering (dried prawns) in it – we did not know when we decided to order that. The rest of us enjoyed it a lot, a welcome change from the pomelo salad that we would usually have or their very nice Payung rojak.

Owing to her allergy, my sister could not eat the lovely belimbing prawns…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawns

…that Peter, the boss, took upon himself to specially cook for us that night and it was really exceptionally good.

My girl wanted her favourite here, the lamb masala

Payung Cafe lamb masala

…and the mum wanted her kacangma chicken…

Payung Cafe kacangma chicken

…and I also ordered the Payung otak-otak fish…

Payung otak-otak fish

After having had their fill, the ladies went to see the show and they sure enjoyed it very much, very good for a local production, they said but even though the newspaper report said it was a full house, according to them, it wasn’t so and I could have tagged along as well. For one thing, in my humble opinion, the organisers should have made the tickets available at some place more convenient and less obscure/desolate such as the hotel lobby, for instance…or the café where we had dinner before the show.

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.

Author: suituapui

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8 thoughts on “Before…”

  1. At one look at the flowers in the 1st pix, I knew it was at Payang Cafe. As always all the dishes looks great and appetising. Kacangma and belimbing prawns, my choices.

    Not to be missed, if you ever happen to drop by Sibu.

  2. Love the flower petals arrangement.

    I would be having Kacangma tonight. hehe. Already thought my menu last night. Weather has been cooling down lately and we are having crazy rain in the evening. Kacangma sounds good on a cold evening.

    Never fails to impress me everytime!

    Drizzling a bit here but it is not that cold. I heard there was a terrible storm over at your side some two or three nights ago, lightning striking left, right and centre? Scary!

  3. so nice of you to let your family watch mamma mia while you dine on good food 🙂 .. I would have gone the same path

    We had dinner together…and I went and picked them after the show. Not a problem really – Sibu is a very very small town.

  4. I’m allergic to prawns too, but the dried ones are ok for me.

    Oh? That’s interesting. I thought it would be the one and the same thing.

    By the way, the Sibu instant kampua mee is available in Perth now, very close to the authentic thing here – just follow the instructions, the timing especially and of course, you will have to add your own toppings.

  5. the flowers do look really pretty -a lovely sight to photograph 😀

    And the best thing about it is that they use simple everyday garden flowers, not those expensive ones from a florist and it makes the place look so nice and pleasant, none of those no-class-at-all cheap fake flowers here!

  6. Ah! The classy Payung! I love that flower arrangement.

    I bet everyone does. I wouldn’t say it is classy – it is just very nice, the ambiance, the decor everything – so very unique. You feel so nice and relaxed when you are there.

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