They came from the city, Kuala Lumpur, to our humble little town of Sibu, seven of them altogether…
One of them, Jenn, my blogger friend, contacted me to let me know and of course, I was delighted and offered to be their food and tour guide but she told me there would be seven of them. In the end, I prepared an elaborate itinerary for the 3 days when they would be here – where to go, what to eat, what to see but they would have to walk around on their own or call Grab since they can’t jolly well fit into my old jalopy, all of them.
On the day they arrived, I waited for them at the hotel and after they had checked in, we walked round the corner to the back to where else, if not here!
They brought along these goodies…
…thank you so much. I must say that the heong peah in the first photograph (extreme left) was really good, a whole lot nicer than all that I had bought before from the bak kua shops in KL and elsewhere. The pastry was so very nice and flaky and the filling was moist and sticky, just the way I like it – the rest were all hard and dry! I’ve not tried the other things though – will probably save them all for Chinese New Year.
For our lunch, we had the pomelo salad…
…and the Payung rojak…
…to start off and they enjoyed them both. They were particularly intrigued by the bunga kantan (torch ginger flower) petals and the buah kedondong leaves in the rojak.
I ordered the kacang ma chicken…
…for them to try, knowing that this Kuching Hakka specialty would be something they had never tried before. I was not in the least surprised that some of them did not like it and the rest weren’t exactly excited by it either. I guess this is an acquired taste and many will not like it the first time. As the Campari slogan goes, “The first time is never the best!” – if you can catch the drift. LOL!!! I did not eat it that day, of course, as they came on a Friday, my no-meat day, and that was why I did not order all the other very nice meat dishes.
On the other hand, they loved the Payung otak-otak…
…so much – in fact, they were so impressed by it that they immediately placed orders for some to take home and they were head over heels in love with the belimbing prawns…
…too so much so that they kept going for the soup even after they had eaten all the crustaceans and they were full of praises for the mushroom roll…
For dessert, I ordered their dreamy nite…
…and what a coincidence it was when it was served and this song came on right at that very moment! Talk about making a grand entrance. LOL!!!
We also had the favourite of many going back to my teenage years in the 70’s, the jelly pisang…
Well, as expected, they enjoyed the lunch so much that even after they had left and gone elsewhere they were still talking about these Payung specialties that they had – obviously, they had left a lasting impression on their minds.
I asked them why they decided to come here, of all the places, especially when I have been asking everyone to come and visit but no, they are more keen on going elsewhere. Well, they said that one of them found out that the air fares were very cheap and asked the rest and on the spur of the moment, they decided to make the trip. Well, thank you so much to everybody for coming – it was great having you all here…and do come again sometime!
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.
21 thoughts on “They came from the city…”
Ah you brought to payung, good choice. One look at the otak, i am sure it tastes good. You are blessed to be always receiving goodies from friends, relatives and students.
So blessed indeed. That was a good start – there were places not that overwhelming to them and some interesting surprises. On the whole, they loved it here – will blog about it in a later post.
You have made the smarter choice to bring them to Payung Cafe. Love all the dishes you order. I like those Garrett pop corn and they don’t come cheap.
They don’t? I’ve not eaten them yet – told me girl she could eat and if she doesn’t, I’ll just save till Chinese New Year. Coming very very soon!
Thank you for your invaluable makan itinerary. We love Sibu especially the local market and mind-boggling array of produce which we haven’t seen and eaten.
Most welcome, indeed! So glad to see the obvious excitement among you all! Do come again, you all have not even ventured out of the town centre!
Hey I know most of these people!
I bet you do!!! The in-crowd, all you people real happening one! So when are you coming over?
wow…they got to meet the Sibu famous blogger!
all the yummeh dishes..I wished to try the jelly pisang 😉
Ya, like that time when you came to Sibu. When are you coming again? That was so long ago, your handsome son was still in your tummy, I remember. 😀
hahaha….yaloh so long ago already….you still remember that!! So good memory
Yes, an elephant never forgets! I’ve a memory like an elephant’s…and I look like one too! LOL!!!
I recognize those faces! I would like to join you all for lunch.
Come on over!!! I did ask them about you and yes, they said they knew you all right. Small world, eh?
Foodies seem to find a way of connecting. 🙂
Brothers and sisters-in-arms! LOL!!!
Well they went to THE place and I am not surprised that they were very impressed!
Great start to a great stay in a great town with all the great food and all the great people! So when are YOU coming over?
wow, i know most of them! :).. fun times eh.
Of course, your gang from your same kampung! LOL!!!
“especially when I have been asking everyone to come and visit but no, they are more keen on going elsewhere.” <—.. aww 😦
So when are you coming? I’m right here waiting…
Looks like really yummy food! Haven’t been to Sibu before.
Come on over…anytime! You’ll love it here like how they all did. Sibu welcomes you!