It’s getting better…

I guess everybody went through a bad patch during the pandemic, some worse than others and there were some who had to call it a day eventually.

Yes, business was very poor all this while for my friends here

…too when they were depending on takeaways and food deliveries but thankfully, they did manage to pull through. Things sure seem to be getting a whole lot better now with only a few cases each day and with the state election just around the corner, business has started to pick up a bit.

The schools have closed for the end-of-year holidays so last Saturday, I managed to persuade my girl to go out for lunch. All this while, she did not want to go anywhere #stayingsafe #stayingwell and #stayinghome but I managed to convince her – usually, there are not many customers around and the tables are all well-spread out so if there are others around, physical distancing is definitely not a problem…plus the place is not air-conditioned (they say this is bad – all schools are advised not to switch them on and to open all the doors and windows) and you can enjoy the fresh air that comes in with the breeze from the river.


…is just a few weeks away but I guess due to the pandemic, nobody is in the mood so the decoration this year is very minimal…

Yes, they were playing those Christmas songs that day but somehow, the mood just wasn’t there!

The ladies had a glass of buah kedondong (ambarella) juice (RM7.00)…

…each but I did not want that just in case there was sugar in it so I just had a glass of warm water.

We shared this plate of nasi kerabu (RM12.00)…

The serving was so big that there was more than enough to go round.

Yes, we enjoyed that and to go with it, I ordered this lamb curry (RM25.00)…

…and their belimbing prawns (RM17.00)…

I must say that I was very impressed by the size of the prawns…

…in the latter – they were so much bigger than the ones I always buy from my favourite fish & seafood stall near my house and those sure do not come cheap! These must have cost a bomb!!!

My girl wanted their very popular mushroom roll (RM8.00)…

…so I ordered that as well and since they were out of their pomelo salad and their papaya salad, we had their Payung rojak (RM12.00)…

…for our vegetable dish to go with all our orders.

Yes, this was like in the good ol’ days before the pandemic – it has been so long since we dropped by here for lunch or for dinner and it sure felt good to be able to do that again.

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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8 thoughts on “It’s getting better…”

  1. Wow, as always the food looks great. From the first 2 pictures I still can’t guess where this place is but coming to the 3rd picture, belimbing prawns, my mind suddenly clicks and my guess was correct, Payung Cafe. As I scroll down, the mushroom roll and rojak definitely confirm I am right… 😊😊. Glad that you get to enjoy again all the nice food from Payung Cafe.

    Yes, so glad they managed to sail through those horrible times, slowly getting back on their feet again. Still quite a lot taken off their menu but slowly coming back – the belimbing prawns was one of them.

  2. The nasi kerabu looks really inviting. I would love to try it.

    True. Due to the pandemic…everything seems so downbeat…

    Thankfully, the situation is getting a whole lot better here. Hopefully, it will stay that way. We have had enough of it already, so terrible.

    We did enjoy the nasi kerabu.

  3. That juice seems expensive. I hope it’s refreshing. The mushroom roll looks nice, just looking at the pastry 🙂

    All fruit, unadulterated. This is a local fruit, not that expensive, sourish. At some places, fresh fruit juices can go up to over RM10, the imported fruits especially. Ain’t so bad unlike at some places – you let the drink stand for a while and the fruit juice gets separated from the water and you can see very clearly it is mostly water, very little juice. Shortchanging the customer! Cheating!!!

    The mushroom roll is one of the most popular dishes here, the favourite of many.

  4. Ohhh, I am hungry just looking at all the delicious food. I love nasi kerabu and hubby loves mutton curry. We both love the prawns and rojak. These days, we also choose non air-con places for our meals.

    Yes, #staysafe #staywell – best to avoid all those enclosed air-conditioned places. Fresh air is always so much better! Looks like this is an ideal place for you and your hubby. all your favourites! LOL!!!

  5. Oh those are torch ginger flowers!
    Their buds are edible and very aromatic.

    I wanted to smuggle some back to England so I could grow them here.
    But they won’t survive outdoor and they won’t flower if they don’t get enough sun light indoor.

    Yes, my friends at this café plant their own and yes, they do add the petals to their dishes…like in their rojak, for instance. You can see the pink petals in the photo, very nice!

  6. My parents said the same thing…they don’t feel like decorating much this year. It’s been a rough couple months for my extended family and now COVID is hitting closer again. My husband, his brother, uncle, cousin all have it and on my mom’s side it’s probable that her brother (my uncle), cousin both have it but my cousin’s husband and adult son also have it. My husband and I are staying on sep floors on the house and avoiding each other. I pray it works and I don’t get it. Only a few more days on quarantine for us…fingers crossed.

    Oh dear!!! Thankfully, we have been very careful, so far so good, praise the Lord. I do have a few friends who fell ill because of it and I know some people who had it and died too, though fully vaccinated, but they had other sicknesses and somehow, the authorities here would insist they died of this or that instead. #staysafe #staywell there! Take care!

  7. You are right. I don’t feel the Christmas or holiday mood either 😦 Oh! It has been a long time since you blogged about Payung and it looks like the food is as good as ever. It’s good to know that they are still around!

    Yes, not much business all this while even when they reopened for dining in. They said very few customers, if any, every night. I was worried that they might close shop but thankfully, they seem to be doing ok now. I will have to drop by more often, give a bit of support to keep them going.

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