This is for me…

I guess some of you may remember that I just bought the kacangma chicken…

from here around a week or so ago and I did mention in the post that I saw the two ladies (my missus & my sister) enjoying it to the max while I did not touch it myself for fear that its high alcoholic content might be bad for my kidneys.

I do not know if that was the cause of the poonek or in Malay, the keempunan (You can read all about the traditional Malay/Melanau superstition here) that led to my fall that sent me sprawling on the ground in front of a coffee shop here. Four boys ran out of the shop to help me up but to no avail. I managed to grab a chair within reach to pull myself up and get on my feet again. Luckily, other than some aches and pain on the left side of my body where it hit the ground, there were no bruises, no fractures, nothing that a bit of massage using the Cap Tiga Kaki balsam could not help.

I was all right again after three days or so and I went back to buy some more of the kacangma chicken…

…and of course, this time, I made sure that I had a piece of the meat myself. As you can see in the photographs, they will give you three huge chunks of meat in each serving, just nice for a group of 3 but if there are more than 3 of you, you probably would have to share or order another serving so there will be enough to go round.

As far as I know, this is the only place in town where we can buy this Hakka specialty for ladies in confinement, convalescing after having given birth. It is easily available in Kuching – I have seen it among the options at one chap fan (mixed rice) place even but of course, those would not be so generous with the motherwort (kacangma) leaves, the ginger and the pek chiew (white wine) and would not be anything to shout about. Here, if we do not buy it here, we would just have to cook our own at home and yes, my missus does that sometimes.

Going back to that day when we had this for our lunch, I also bought some ikan keli (catfish)…

…and because my girl seemed to enjoy it so much, I just took a small piece, the tail end, and let her enjoy it all by herself. I bought two servings this second time around so there was enough for me as well. My sister loves it too but my missus, for reasons unknown, would not touch it with a 10-foot pole.

I also bought this lamb masala

…that day for my girl, her favourite dish in their menu. She managed to finish the whole single serving in one sitting and yes, even though I should not be eating any red meat, I did have a piece of the meat to make sure there will be no recurrence of a mishap of any kind.

Along with my purchases, the very thoughtful and generous Andy gave me their guava salad…

This was the first salad on their menu that I tried the very first time I went there and I loved it but over the years, I found myself sticking to their pomelo salad and their Payung rojak all the time.

I guess I shall be dropping by again soon enough to tapao (buy and take away) some of their other dishes to take home and enjoy.

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.