Light and easy…

I was still feeling full after that lamb shank I had for lunch – I enjoyed that and had the lion’s share but my girl insisted on going out for something light and easy that evening.

She wasn’t too happy to see that my appetite had not been all that good these days and my taste buds had been acting kind of cranky. That was probably why I thought some of what we had for lunch were salty when the ladies said they were all right. In the end, I relented and we ended up here.

She asked for their beef spaghetti bolognese (RM19.00)…

…with their own-made bolognese sauce using lots of fresh tomatoes and Italian herbs. I do enjoy that too…usually, anytime a lot more than the commercially-available bottled sauces that come across to me like tomato ketchup straight from the bottle.

I did not feel like having that, of course and asked for their pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

…instead. This has not been available for a while now, since they reopened fully after the pandemic, so we just went for their Payung rojak most of the time. It sure was nice to be able to enjoy this again, very refreshing, indeed.

I also ordered their mashed potato (RM8.00)…

…which is different from the regular mashed potatoes elsewhere by virtue of the garlic and whatever ingredients added. That day, I was kind of turned off by the taste though so I just left it there. In the end, my girl finished it off for me – she enjoys it very much.

My missus had their mushroom roll (RM9.00)…

…and I did help myself to one. I thought it tasted great but like most of what I had for lunch, I thought it was very salty so I did not have any more.

I did not encounter a similar problem with the jelly pisang (RM9.00)…

…though when I helped myself to the jelly and the bananas (and the milk) but no, being on a low sugar diet, I did not touch the ice cream.

My missus and I just had drinking water on the house while my girl had their coconut milk shake (RM9.00). She insisted on picking up the tab, her treat for Father’s Day, and the total came up to RM62.00 altogether.

We finished early, at around 6.00 p.m. by which time, there were already three other tables – probably families there to celebrate the special occasion and there was a private function on the top floor upstairs that night, an appreciation dinner for the volunteers at the recent Sibu International Dance Festival 2022 so everyone was kinda busy at the time. I was glad to hear that they did enjoy brisk business over the two-week Gawai Dayak break too.

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 “Light and easy…”

  1. This time I was taken by surprise that your girl has to help you to finish off the mashed potatoes unlike most of the time you have to do it for her when she can’t finish her portion. As we aged, I think our tastebuds and appetite will change and metabolism will slow down too. All in all, I like the pomelo salad, mushroom roll and pisang jelly. Nice, light and easy dinner.

    Sighhh!!! Old age! My health has not been very good lately and likewise, my appetite and my taste buds. My cousin in Kuching contacted me the other day – there’s a wedding in September but no, I am afraid I shall not be able to make it this time around, just stay at home and take things slow and easy.

  2. I used to able and enjoy salty food but nowadays, a little bit of saltiness, I cannot stand. Maybe change of tastebud as we age.

    Your food all looked great and appealing. A lovely treat.

    Maybe it’s because my missus will not add salt and msg in her cooking so now I have become extra-sensitive to it when we eat outside. I do not seem to enjoy a lot of things I used to love before anymore.

  3. I prefer spaghetti or pasta to pizza.
    But I very, very order spaghetti at restaurant.
    Risotto is my preferred option when dining out.

    I used to mash my own potatoes at home, until I found ready made potato mash at supermarket.
    It’s ready easy, just add hot water!

    1. Any good? I’ve seen those in boxes at the supermarkets here but I never tried. Easy to buy potatoes and make my own – no preservatives, no artificial flavourings, 100% natural. After all, we do not eat it THAT often!
      My girl likes risotto, not me. Not so into pasta or pizza either but will eat sometimes for a change.
      Gimme my kampua mee,…anytime!!!

  4. Delicious food and dessert. We too take less salt and sugar so we tend to complain about outside food being salty and we no longer enjoy very sweet stuffs.

    All of us retirees are getting older by the day…and like old cars, slowly, this and that will start to rosak. Have to take good care of ourselves, cannot enjoy as we like anymore.

  5. Those mashed potatoes looks more like a soup. The pomelo salad looks great, in fact I miss them

    I believe I did say in the post that it is their own original recipe, nothing like the regular mashed potatoes. No law against that, is there? The world is your oyster – you do what you want and if it is a hit, good for you!!!

  6. Uh oh, they say covid messes with your taste buds…

    I did hear that too. Thank goodness all my tests have been negative, thank God for small mercies, touch wood!

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