50 years…

Half a century ago, all of us were in Form 5 and after the Senior Cambridge Examination, we went our separate ways and to commemorate our 50th year, we had a grand reunion celebration last weekend starting with a lunch gathering here on Thursday but I could not join that one as I had to go and get my girl from her school in the jungle and bring her home for the long weekend – they took the day off for Ching Ming.

Next on the programme was the dinner here…

Payung Cafe staircase

…on Thursday evening in their function room on the 2nd floor. Boy, the response was so very good and the place was packed.

We had most of my favourites and as the light was not exactly bright, I did not take the photographs of everything in the lavish buffet spread but I had never had their satay, chicken and beef…

Payung Cafe satay

…before as it is not on their regular menu. I sure enjoyed it very much and had more than one helping.

This is also not on their menu, the paku (wild jungle fern) with santan (coconut milk)…

Payung Cafe paku with santan

…and between that one and this one, their tapioca leaves with sweet potatoes…

Payung Cafe tetek

…I would say that I liked the latter more but both were really good.

There was also the ulam with the super awesome sambals but the photo did not come out too well. Everyone sang praises of the food – they so loved all the salads as well as the other dishes, including this one, their otak-otak

Payung Cafe otak-otak

– my ex-classmate sitting beside me specifically gave it a special mention and I could see all the delighted faces when the jelly pisang was served for dessert – brings us back to the 60’s, one said.

There was live entertainment…

Live entertainment

…and singing and dancing too. That sure was a great start to our celebration!

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.