Sunday lunch…

For our lunch on Sunday, we had the second-to-none kacangma chicken…

…from Payung Café. I will always buy a few servings to store in our freezer and my missus will take it out whenever she feels like it to heat up and serve. This time around, however, though it was very nice, I felt that it could do with a little bit more of the Chinese white wine. Whenever we eat there, we will always ask for more of it and they will happily oblige…and yes, they are very generous with it!

One of the guys did tell me that day that the problem with this homemade wine would be how some may be excellent but on some days, the ones from the same person making may fail to impress. In other words, there is a need for better quality control.

Of course, since we were not eating it there, we could not ask for more of the wine. Actually, there is no problem at all if one chooses to dine in there as there are very few customers – plenty of room for social/physical distancing. That day, when I went to buy the kacangma chicken, there was just one couple having their lunch there. According to Andy, they drop by quite regularly and the lady will always order their kacangma chicken. It sure looks like it’s her favourite!

My girl is not really into kacangma chicken so she asked her mum to fry her one of the fish fillet…

…from this company. We still have two boxes…

…in the freezer and she wanted a slice…

…from the former.

I’ve seen a lot of fellow-bloggers blogging about this brand of frozen fish products and I just assumed it is imported. When I checked the box to see that day, I found out that it is actually a Malaysian product. I don’t know the prices – my missus was the one buying them – but if it is local, I guess it shouldn’t be too expensive.

I checked the type of fish used and it was pollock. My girl liked it and I did try a bit as well. I thought it was nice but as far as the taste and texture go, I prefer the New Zealand hoki fish fillet…

…at our Sarawak’s own fast food franchise that we do like a lot!

My missus also cooked this beautiful vegetable curry…

…and I also bought half a kilo of the dabai from the neighbourhood shop in the next lane to go with our meals.

That sure was a lovely lunch and yes, we had enough left for dinner as well. Who says we have to eat out to enjoy a delightful meal? Surely this is as good or even nicer than any anywhere!

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

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

20 thoughts on “Sunday lunch…”

  1. Suitapui,

    I’m quite amused with the choice of your meals, pullock is my favourite fish too and the vegetable curry looks very vibrant and versatile. Have a good week ahead and enjoy the wine too.

    1. Typical Asian meal, I guess…with a meat dish (the chicken or the fish) and a vegetable dish (the curry). Usually there is a soup as well. No focus on any particular cuisine. The dabai is a seasonal fruit – we only have it, an extra, is there is any.

  2. Yes, kacangma chicken, my family’s favourite except for my son. Most people (if you are a true Sarawakian) will love this dish. Sometimes, good to have vegetable curry for a change and
    I like the fish fillet from our Sarawak’s own fast food franchise too.

    1. Yes, their fish fillet is very nice but getting thinner and smaller and more expensive.

      Oh? Your son does not like? I wonder why. Yet to come across anyone in Kuching who does not like kacangma. Sibu perhaps, Foochows – not so many are into the dish.

      1. You are wrong. My DIL’s favourite. She is a pure Foochow from Sarikei….😆😆…and my son loves alot of Foochow dishes, dian pian hu, chow chai hung ngang, angchow duck, mee sua to name a few… 😉😉😉

      2. I’m Foochow too but I love kacangma…and nyonya chang and kolo mee. Wahhh!!! So your son sure picked the ideal match, eh? All those, except for mee sua, not really my favourite. I must be Foochow sesat! LOL!!!

  3. Good kacangma uses good white rice wine. The Hakka wine, which very ‘luat’. Haha. I never tasted Payung’s kacangma so wonder how good is the rice wine. Long time did not cook kacangma at home. Weather rather hot lately, so dont feel like taking kacangma. Hot, hot, and sweaty later.

    1. Yes, I did see people complaining about it being terribly hot in Kuching. It is all right here, will rain in the afternoon/evening and today, it is cloudy all day so it is not hot.

      All that ginger and wine, best to wait till cooler days. Payung’s kacangma is very good, as good as when my missus cooks it so I’ll just buy from there, Support local business and my friends and no need to trouble my missus!

    1. Took me by surprise! I never bothered to check when I saw everyone blogging about it. The packaging does not look local. LOL!!!

      I just went and checked their website. It is an Australian company, started in 1995. I guess they have their own packing factory in Malaysia – hence the product of Malaysia label at the back of the box.
      We do have Australian pies, pastry being sold here…but packed in Malaysia and categorised as Malaysian products. It doesn’t matter really as long as the products are of really high quality, value for money.

  4. I would be interested to taste Kacangma, something we don’t have here. I used to buy Pacific West fish fillet too. Your missus’ vegetable curry looks beautiful and delicious.

    1. Dunno Ipoh but you can get to eat kacangma in PJ at that very popular Auntie Christina’s Sarawak laksa place – No 23, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya.

      The curry was really good and I sure was glad that my missus cooked a lot! We could heat up and enjoy for our meals for two days!!! Also saves the trouble of having to cook some more vegetables the next day.

    1. Not surprised. I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere outside of Kuching. Even here in Sibu, only one place selling!

      I have not been to Perlis and Kelantan either…nor Terengganu and Johore. With the current situation, I don’t think I will ever go anywhere. Sad.

  5. I wonder if I would like kacangma. I would try it if I can find it anywhere over here. Ah, the Pacific West fish! I also like the lemon dill flavor.

    1. See my reply to Nancy’s comment! Auntie Christina has it at her stall – that very popular Sarawak laksa place – No 23, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya. Dunno if you can get it at any other place.

      I checked the Pacific West website. Here, it is based in Penang, it seems.

    1. Very strong on the ginger and the Chinese cooking white wine and the lovely fragrance of the kacangma leaves, dried and dry-fried and pounded/blended. I would say it is an acquired taste though…and I love it!!!

    1. We never had those in my childhood days, never heard of fish and chips…or anything western. Burgers and hot dogs came into our lives much later.

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