Red zone…

Sibu has been declared a red zone on Saturday following this case at Pasai Siong where a girl came home from Johore via KL (and Kuching too, if I remember correctly) to attend her father’s funeral.

I guess she was not to blame as she tested negative all the way and by the last test that turned out positive, it was already too late. At that point in time, this so-called super spreader had infected 37 others.

One thing about these ethnic groups here, when there is a wedding, a festival or whatever event, even a funeral, everyone in the longhouse and all the longhouses around would commune to drink and feast away, casting whatever SOP and physical distancing to the wind. In another cluster recently, they were celebrating Christmas at the longhouse.

Instantly, the roads were deserted Saturday night and according to Andy, there wasn’t a single customer at Payung…

Payung backdrop

…the whole night through. We went there for lunch on Sunday and there were noticeably fewer cars on the road but we did see some coffee shops that were full of people. There wasn’t anybody else at Payung but we still went through the SOP and maintained our physical distancing.

My girl wanted the beef spaghetti bolognese (RM17.00)…

Beef spaghetti bolognese

…which she enjoyed tremendously after not eating it for so long. I am not fond of bolognese in general but their own-made sauce with fresh tomatoes here is da’ bomb!

My missus had their green curry chicken (RM16.00, with rice)…

Green curry chicken

…and the serving that Andy gave her was so huge that he had to give the extra gravy separately in another bowl.

I was keen on going there as I wanted to try their nasi kerabu (RM12.00)…

Payung nasi Kerabu

The first and the last time I had it, Peter sent it to my house and I had not had the chance to eat it since. Yes, the rice was nicely tinted blue using the colour from the butterfly pea flowers from my garden that I had been sending to them regularly. If you go and eat this at most of the Malay shops and stalls, you will be horrified at the sight of their shade of blue, the result of using artificial colouring!

It seemed that they added a bit of santan (coconut milk) and dunno what else to the rice to enhance its taste so it did not come across like the blue-coloured plain rice that you will get elsewhere.

Having said that, elsewhere, they serve this with a piece of meat, chicken usually, or fish but you do not get that here even though Peter did tell me once that there is fish in the kerisik

Kerisik, saled fish & ikan bilis

…and they do give some fried ikan bilis (anchovies) and these salted fish that I do enjoy. I was thinking that they can make some mini version of their very nice otak-otak and serve it by the side for a few ringgit more – that would probably bring the dish to a whole new level. Otherwise, this is almost vegetarian, not quite something down my alley even though it was very nice and I did enjoy it. I would say that the serving was HUGE, enough for two to share.

My girl wanted their jelly pisang (RM9.00)…

Jelly pisang

…for dessert and asked for it to be served in a bowl instead of the usual tall glass as it would be easier to eat it this way.

That certainly was a delightful lunch and as we were leaving, I was glad to see a young couple dropping by for lunch. A number of places here have closed down and the way things are going, there would be some more, I’m sure.

I don’t know when we would be dropping by here again – the way things are going, we would most likely prefer to stay at home but I did tapao some of their dishes to store in the freezer to heat up and eat whenever we feel like it and incidentally, I just saw that we can order food delivery at 0165787614 or call Andy, 01153375498 and they will send via Grab (RM5.00 within Sibu) – payments can be made via Sarawak Pay. Do give them a tinkle if you are thus inclined!

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

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12 thoughts on “Red zone…”

  1. Ouh the green curry chicken is the dry version? Would want to try this.

    Yeah sometimes…testing is not accurate at all and when it is finally being discovered…it is too late.

    Dunno, people said something about symptoms not surfacing till later, that is why the initial tests negative.

    Nope, the green curry wasn’t dry, just that there was no room in the bowl for the sauce. Should have used a bigger bowl.

  2. Though the beef spaghetti bognese and nasi kerabu looks good, I still vote for the green curry chicken. Has been a long time ago since I last cook once. Can get the green curry paste from Cosway but of course can’t fight with those from Payung Cafe that are cook with fresh ingredients.

    I would not want to order green curry because my missus can cook that, just as nice – dunno why she ordered it. She also cooks from scratch, not using any instant paste.

  3. I miss Payung first too… the food is so nice there… Ipoh is red zone too and not sure where to…

    Ipoh too? Oh dear!!! Here, it’s red but CMCO only, not MCO. I wish they would impose a total lockdown until the situation improves, still a lot of people going out. We’ve stocked up some of Payung’s food to keep in the freezer – maybe we’ll save for Chinese New Year, coming soon!

  4. The Payung food look wonderful as always. It’s the MCO here and no dine-in. Sobs! I had chap fan today and I already miss dining-in. LOL!

    I don’t mind not going out, not able to dine-in at places outside but I may not have anything to blog about. I may have to take a break when that happens.

  5. Oh my. I just want the nasi kerabu!!! Miss it. Been more than a year since i had one.

    Stay safe over there. All the test results coming out, sure hike in cases there.

    Those people really have been around. Almost the whole of Sibu in the must-not-go lists!!! And there are some in almost every town, even in Kuching!!! So cilaka! This is really terrible!!!

  6. Stay safe to you and your family STP, greetings from Singapore. Wasn’t able to visit your blog earlier as was pretty busy with WFH and hseworks recently. I thought that was dry green curry lol, oh the gravy was shifted to another bowl.

    We will. The tagline here is #kitajagakita – we look after ourselves. Take care, take all precautions and stay safe and well.

  7. I read in the news that there will be a lockdown for two weeks in Malaysia and inter-state travel will be banned.

    Getting worse here…but mainly from ONE cluster. Hopefully when all the test results have been released, the numbers will start to decrease.

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