That day, I dropped by Payung Café because we had run out of the traditional Foochow red wine.
One of Peter’s sisters makes that and everytime she would have to let the mother, the matriarch of the family, taste first. Only when she gives her nod of approval would she be able to leave the bottles at Peter’s café for sale. I have not bought the more-often-than-not-rather-diluted ones (even though they tell you it is unadulterated and sell it to you at a jacked-up price) sold elsewhere for a long long time now, worse if it is sour!
They had this awesomely stunning display of lotus flowers from the pond at Peter’s house…
…there the day before but when I went the following day, the blooms had withered and it did not look as nice anymore. I guess beauty is like that, only temporary.
While I was there, I decided to buy a few things that I had been missing a lot to take home and enjoy – three months sure is a long long time!
I asked for two tubs of their tempoyak – their very special cooked durian paste…
… and Andy insisted on giving me an extra-spicy one for my missus as he knows jolly well that she would love it to bits. We had that for lunch and yes, it was very spicy and we sure loved it to the max. It certainly took a whole lot of effort on our part not to go for a second plate of rice!
I also bought their special own-made beef bolognese sauce with chunks of the meat, not minced, and lots of fresh tomatoes, garlic, mixed Italian herbs and all the rest. I am not a fan of bolognese elsewhere as more often than not, they come across to me like something straight from a bottle of tomato ketchup.
That evening, my girl cooked our own stock of spaghetti to eat with the sauce…
…and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top. Of course it was so good and my girl was thrilled to no end. There is still another pack of the sauce in the freezer – she can cook herself another round of that lovely beef spaghetti bolognese anytime she feels like it.
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.