Don’t wait…

I dropped by Payung Café the other day because they have started taking orders for Chinese New Year…

…and like what I’ve done in previous years, I wanted to book some of my favourites here. If you’re thinking of doing the same, don’t wait! Do drop by to place your orders or call them. I simply cannot understand why one would want to slave for hours/days/weeks in the kitchen when one can just go and buy something just as nice or perhaps, ever nicer.

Their decorations for the forthcoming festival were up already…

…and of course, you can get to see those delightful floral displays…

…at every table.

I was feeling a little hungry but it was Friday so I was not able to order their meat dishes plus I only wanted something light, a pasta dish perhaps. I was tossed between their belimbing prawn spaghetti or their tom yam prawn spaghetti and in the end, I settled for the latter…

The former will have to wait till another day and anyway, we just had it, minus the pasta, not too long ago.

I am sure if you take a look at the serai (lemon grass), the lengkuas (galangal) and the daun limau perut (kaffir lime leaves) in the dish…

…plus the onions and tomatoes, you can jolly well imagine the fragrances of all these contributing to make this dish…

…so absolutely awesome, to say the least. Elsewhere, they probably would just use the bottled tom yam paste to cook something for you, as simple as that.

While I was waiting for my order, Andy passed me this…

…to munch. He probably got them from one of his girlfriends – it seems that a lot of people like to make these tidbits for Chinese New Year and if I am not wrong, these were chicken or prawn floss in wanton skin, tied into a knot and deep fried.

I told him what I wanted and paid for my orders in advance. I said I would collect them in the afternoon of Chinese New Year’s Eve and take them home, still warm so we could enjoy them for our reunion dinner straight away, no need to go through the chore of warming them up first. I don’t know how much the tom yam prawn spaghetti was (probably RM17.00) because the very nice guy insisted that it was on the house.

Incidentally, according to Andy, they will be open that night (and throughout Chinese New Year) so if you are looking for a place to eat (or hang out) – I guess most places, Chinese restaurants especially, will be closed – you can always drop by here. In fact, you can even arrange to have your reunion dinner here but of course, at a time like this, you will have to limit the number of people and sit at least one metre apart, unlike that time when I had mine in the afternoon of Chinese New Year’s Eve with my in-laws here. It sure was good and won the praises of all and sundry!!!

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.

7 thoughts on “Don’t wait…”

  1. If I am in Sibu, I will also just tapao everything and anything nice from Payung especially the kacangma, my favourite. No need to sweat oneself in the kitchen and feeling extremely exhausted. This titbits made by Andy’s gf are very addictive. Once you start munching, it will never end and by the time you realised, the whole tube is gone, hahaha.. 😊😊

    For those who are into these things. My missus made another type with popiah skin & seaweed…and gave my sister one big pot – she said she finished it all in one sitting watching drama on TV. Good grief! LOL!!!
    I wanted kacangma chicken from Payung but my missus said she would like to cook her own, give some to her sister-in-law too so I am ordering the other dishes instead.

  2. Nice decoration there. I also like to order and tapau dishes, so I wouldn’t be cooking like crazy for reunion dinner. But this year, hubby insisted on cooking at home, so some issues, I will have to prepare in advance few days while most, on that day itself. Gosh. I feel like I am cooking up a storm. Lol. Will blog about it.

    Poor thing!
    Here, there are a few places where we can order our favourites, so convenient.
    Most places have a set menu, RM388 for a number of dishes for 8-10 people.
    At Mak Borneo that day, they were telling me about their RM688 set, so expensive, did not look like much, only 6 udang galah that do not look all that big. I sure would not want to get from there!

  3. These days most families choose the convenience of dining out for their reunion and Chinese New Year dinners. It’s simply too much work to cook for so many people. How nice that you can tapau from Payung!

    Over there, most hotels and restaurants are open, not here, all closed! The last time I ordered my favourites from two hotels, I had to go and collect a day or two earlier, closed already on New Year’s Eve.
    I’m not ordering from elsewhere other than Payung this year as we are not celebrating on a grand scale, just us in the family, no open house so no need to prepare a lot of food – quiet and simple.

  4. Tom yum spaghetti? This is also new to me.
    Ha ha… how come we don’t have such thing in Johor?
    Maybe we’re not adventurous enough?

    Thai food is rather pricey in Johor though. Don’t know why…
    I mean Thailand is not that far away.

    1. Many Singaporeans, I guess. Business must have been bad with this COVID-19 closing down borders.
      We even have tom yum kampua…but elsewhere, they just add the bottled paste, not really anything to get excited about.

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