It’s all right…

I went next door…

…the other day to get my road tax slip – I managed to renew my car insurance sometime ago but because of the pandemic, they could not go and pay the former for me until way past the expiry date and finally, when they did manage to do so, they called me to go over and get it from them. It was past 2.30 p.m. and much to my surprise, the coffee shop was still open. They usually close at 2.00 p.m. (and reopen come dinnertime) and they only open in the morning and for lunch on Sundays and they take the day off on Mondays.

The guy asked me to buy what looked like chili flakes (RM20.00) and he said it was very nice but I was not so keen. I noticed that he now has a BIG freezer by the side inside his shop and obviously, he has gone into selling some of his popular dishes…


I liked his daging masak hitam, served by the side with his reasonably good nasi lemak

…but for reasons unknown, the ladies in the house are not into that original Sarawakian culinary delight.

My girl used to love the curry, beef especially so when she was teaching in the school in the jungle, I would buy for her to take and eat there – it was not cheap though, only a little for RM10.00.

That was why in the end, that day, I decided to buy the lamb curry (RM40.00)…

…to try and see if it was any good.

My girl liked it…

– she said it was nicer than the curries at the Malay and mamak shops and stalls but I was not all that impressed by it. At best, I would say it was all right, not anything to shout about. It had its own taste, quite different from all the rest and no, it was not spicy at all. One good thing about it was the meat was fall-off-the-bone-tender, very nicely done!

I may go back again but no, I shall not be buying this or any of the guy’s curry again – perhaps I would want to try his rendang or masak merah the next time around or whatever else that he has in his big freezer that may tickle my fancy but if it is mutton/lamb curry…

…that I want, I would much sooner drop by here and tapao two servings home.

It is RM21.00 per serving (at least 3 huge chunks of meat) with biryani rice and whatever they give by the side so RM40.00 should be enough for two servings and I am quite sure there will be enough for us for two meals…or perhaps, I can persuade my friends at Payung to cook their very nice Bangladeshi lamb curry…

…or lamb masala – they usually do it around Chinese New Year for sale by the kilo but we can divide it up into smaller servings and eat slowly and derive a whole lot more enjoyment from them.

COLOURFUL CAFE (2.316673, 111.837539) is located in the Renew4U building at the junction of Brooke Drive and Lorong Kwong Ann 8, across the road from the Church of Jesus  Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

9 thoughts on “It’s all right…”

  1. Talking of daging masak hitam, it reminds me of Liza’s masak hitam paste. I used to buy this brand and I think it is quite good. At time, it was out of stock and I wonder whether it has make its appearance again on the shelves now. As I am not into lamb or beef, the most I can say is it looks good from the pix.

    Yes, Liza’s good – they say all the Malay shops and stalls use it…but once there is stock, it will be sold out very fast. All the rest will still be available but not the masak hitam. I used to buy for friends but I do not buy anymore as I do not cook masak hitam at home. Great with chicken too…or even prawns! I did see somebody complaining on Facebook that their laksa is not so good anymore though, dunno their masak hitam.

  2. I seldom take mutton or lamb shank, too strong for my liking but they are not cheap, I know.

    You gang with my missus lah! No lamb, no ikan keli, no wild boar…no duck even!!! All so nice…plus lamb these days, not so strong the smell if you get the good ones, not like those in the past…in the 70’s. Dunno why. Salmon also has a strong smell. You like? Not my favourite fish.

  3. How convenient, frozen cooked food! I won’t mind buying one of each dish to try for those lazy hazy days.

    Yet to go back and grab some more to try. The guy’s daging masak hitam is very good but the ladies in the house have this thing about masak hitam – they do not like the sweetness.

  4. I want to try the lamb masala which looks really mouth-watering. Your nasi lemak has a lot of sambal for sure.

    That’s the lamb curry, I did not share a pic of their lamb masala.

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