You treat me so good…

I sent word to Andy that we would be dropping by…

Payung Cafe centrepiece

…for lunch that day and when we got there, that nice guy had reserved a table specially for us with fresh flowers and the lovely pua kumbu tablecloth…

Payung Cafe fresh flowers & pua kumbu tablecloth

Of course we didn’t want to sit there as it wasn’t any special occasion and we did not want to dirty the tablecloth and they would have to wash it later so we took a table without any table cloth (they usually have that for dinner, not for lunch) but with those lovely fresh torch ginger flowers, no less…

Payung Cafe torch ginger flowers

…but of course, that special treatment did not go unnoticed – they sure treat me so good here.

They gave me these apple mangoes from Peter’s own garden…

Peter's apple mangoes

…but they’re not ripe yet so I have not eaten them at the time of writing.

In the meantime, they have made this fresh batch of their super-duper hot chili sauce…

Payung Cafe own-made chili sauce

…selling for RM15.00 now, up from RM12.00 that last time but of course, these bottles are bigger than the previous cylindrical plastic ones.

My girl wanted the chicken chop…

Payung Cafe chicken chop with mashed potato

…with the special chicken sauce and it was done perfectly well and we thought it was extra nice that day.

Like what we did a few times before, we requested for the two slices of their garlic bread to be left out as it is not gluten free and had it replaced by their mashed potato instead. It never occurred to me that it was not really a fair switch – the mashed potato probably cost around the same as their garlic bread dish…

Payung Cafe with chicken sauce

…with four or five slices plus the sauce…but they did not mind doing it upon our request – I heard that others had tried asking for the same but sorry, they were not accorded that same privilege. Still, I do not think it would not be so nice to do it all the time so perhaps the next time, we would just order the chicken chop as it is and we can eat the bread or just ask them to omit it…and we will have the mashed potato as a separate order to go with the meat.

I had their Bangladeshi lamb curry…

Payung Cafe Bangladeshi lamb curry

…that I had not ordered for a while because my girl has this preference for their lamb masala that is just as nice and not spicy at all. This curry may be spicy sometimes depending on the chili that they manage to get from the market – some days, the chili is not hot at all or as what one seller told me once, they would be good only for the colour and for decoration. Well, that day, it wasn’t spicy so Andy gave us a bit of their aforementioned chili sauce and they went so well together – it certainly was so good with it.

It looked like I was given a lot more than their regular serving with just three chunks of the meat – there were at least 4 or more that day plus some bite-sized boneless pieces as well…and there were quite a lot of the potatoes too. I so love potatoes in curry.

The green curry…

Payung Cafe green curry

…that my missus had was very nice as well and it was spicy! I asked Peter why the colour was not red and he said that they use green chili for the dish.

To go with our meat dishes and rice, I ordered their version of the Thai som tam – the papaya salad…

Payung Cafe papaya salad

– I saw Andy making it and the strips of the petals of the torch ginger flower that he added helped enhance the taste and bring it to a whole new level. We did enjoy it a lot, I must say.

That sure was a delightful lunch, as always and it so happened that my friend/ex-student, Alex, dropped by for lunch too with his missus and new-born baby girl and when I wanted to pay, I was informed that he had picked up the tab already – thank you so much, Alex! We gotta bump into each other a lot more often. LOL!!!

Incidentally, I have heard of people trying to locate this place but in vain even though I always give the address, the GPS and a description of the location…

Payung Cafe, Sibu
*Photo from Google Maps*

Yes, the shop sign is blocked by the thatched roof in front, part of the decor of the place but there is one at the back that you can see quite clearly if you are coming down the lane to the right of that leading hotel in town at the back and there is another sign by the side now – just that it is not lit so it may not be all that visible at night. Nonetheless, it is there to the extreme left of that block of shophouses (the one with what look like four Roman columns), right behind the hotel.

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.

Dim all the lights…

I guess most upscale cafés and restaurants would dim all the lights at night to create a more cosy and romantic atmosphere but that would be a nightmare for people like me with a cheap and simple digicam and an equally cheap handphone that do not take very flattering photographs of anything and everything if there is insufficient light. That is why I would opt to go to such places for lunch when it is very much brighter and yes, the photographs that I take do turn out much nicer in natural (sun)light.

Well, we dropped by here…

The Cafe Ind, by night

…the other night for dinner and by some stroke of good luck, that shot that I took using my handphone camera did not turn out too badly.

Inside, it seemed a little brighter – perhaps the boss knew and he had turned up the lights a little unlike that time when we were there for dinner with my cousin and her hubby from the UK – the photos would not have turned out great, of course, so I did not bother taking any and just used some of the old snapshots from my previous posts when I blogged about it.

That night, the ladies wanted their teh tarek cincao (pulled tea with grass jelly)…

Cafe Ind teh tarek cincao

…while I just asked for a big glass of iced water.

My girl wanted their authentic North Indian butter chicken curry with biryani rice…

Cafe Ind butter chicken curry with biryani rice

– the curry would usually come with basmati rice so we requested for a switch and they were fine with that, no problem at all…and yes, even though the servings were quite substantial, she did manage to finish all of it all by herself.

The mum stuck faithfully to her kalio ayam

Cafe Ind kalio ayam

…with a special request for it to be extra spicy and indeed, it was! She seemed to be making it a habit to just eat one of the chunks of chicken and push the other one to me. I used to do that all the time – finish off everything on everybody’s plates but I guess I should not be doing that, not at my age and my shape and size. On our last visit, we had that piece tapao-ed to be taken home. After all, I have my own order to finish and the servings here are, by no means, small. Well, she tried that again that night but I did not want it and in the end, she did manage to finish all that was in her plate…somehow.

I remember the beef rendang

Cafe Ind beef rendang

…that my cousin’s hubby from the UK, Phil, seemed to enjoy so much and my brother, home from Auckland, New Zealand, had that too and yes, he did seem to enjoy it too.

I felt like having it that night so that was what I ordered…

Cafe Ind beef rendang rice set

…and yes, it was very nice but it was not spicy. Nonetheless, with the help of the cili padi on top plus the one for presentation in my girl’s butter chicken curry, I did get to enjoy it very much indeed.

It certainly was a very delightful dinner – the bill came up to over RM67.00, inclusive of drinks but the nice boss just rounded it up to RM65.00 and thankfully, the photographs that I took that night did not turn out too shabbily after all.

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind one block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located.

Right time of the night…

Yes, we had a very late dinner again last Saturday, past 8.00 p.m. after the novena and the sunset service in church and it did look like it was the right time of the night to drop by here to eat.

If you come around 6 or 7, the usual dinner time around here, it may be so very crowded and you may not be able to get a table unless you book ahead. That night, when we got there, many people had left or were leaving so there wasn’t a problem at all.

My girl ordered her favourite sizzling beef on a hot plate (RM15.00)…

Sizzling beef on a hot plate

– I am quite sure there is a bit of tomato sauce in that but lately, the mum has been saying that there is no wheat in that except for a certain popular (and more expensive) brand. Anyway, since it is not a tomato-based gravy, I guess they would not use that much and just a bit once in a long while should be all right.

The ang sio own-made tofu (RM9.00)…

Ang sio tofu

…used to be clear but it was served like this that night, quite obviously with tomato sauce so I asked my girl to just eat the tofu and not to take too much of the sauce, just in case.

The ladies loved the fish maw soup (RM10.00)…

Fish maw soup

…which I thought was just fish maw in egg drop soup with a bit of minced meat and whatever else. I still prefer my favourite here, their clear fish maw soup.

The fried midin (wild jungle fern) with belacan/dried prawn paste (RM9.00)…

Fried midin with belacan

…was very nice and the total for the food was just over RM40 (excluding the rice and drinks). That sure beats eating at those not-all-that-fancy-and-upscale restaurants and burning a hole in one’s pocket and it definitely does not mean that one would enjoy it a whole lot more at those places, not necessarily.

NICE HOUSE RESTAURANT (2.29201,111.82739) is located in the vicinity of the Tunku Osman shops, opposite Rejang Bookstore.

Not much has changed…

We had not been here for a long long time and it sure looked like not much had changed – the place was crowded as always but surprisingly, it was not full for a Saturday afternoon. Perhaps there would be more people on weekdays, the office people on their lunch breaks…and yes, it was  noisy so if you are more into dining in a peaceful and quiet environment, you’d better go some place else.

My girl wanted their sizzling barbecued honey spare ribs (RM25.20)…

Pork ribs

…so of course, whatever she wants, she gets!

It was as nice as before and had the very familiar corn-on-the-cob and sweet peas but instead of the wedges, they now served this bowl of potato gratin…

Potato gratin

…in a bowl separately alongside…and yes, my girl loved that too. She was worried initially that she would not be able to finish as the serving was huge and would probably have to enlist my help but her fears were absolutely unfounded – she licked everything clean! LOL!!!

The mum had the spicy sizzling seafood kampua (RM13.20)…

Seafood kampua

…which I had before a long long time ago but was not impressed as I thought the sambal and the noodles were not all that compatible – I prefer their kampua and masak hitam beef combination. Well, this dish was what the ladies from the UK had when they were here (2:30 on their video clip) and they loved it!

They had a whole lot of new things on their menu and I decided I would go for one of these…

Nasi biryani

…and I picked the one with the curry chicken (RM18.20)…

Complimentary soup

…which came with a bowl of very nice tofu egg drop soup.

You get a little bit of acar (pickles) and half a hardboiled egg by the side…

Sides

…and the curry…

Curry chicken

…was very nice, as nice as what we would cook at home using our favourite A1 Mountain Globe instant curry paste and the rice tasted all right too, just that for that kind of money, I would much sooner hop over to this place right round the corner for their authentic North Indian biryani rice with a piece of papadum and a small serving of raita and a much more generous serving of their very very nice mutton curry for RM21.00 while their equally nice butter curry chicken with basmati rice is 20 sen less than this one here, only RM18.00.

The bill came up to RM74.10…and yes, this much sure had not changed one bit – there would be no rounding up of the total and like it or not, they would wait for you to dig out that 10 sen to pay your bill…or alternatively, they would happily give you your 90 sen change.

NOODLE HOUSE (2.291406,111.829162) is located somewhere in the area immediately behind the Sibu Central Police Station at No. 2B, Ground Floor, Lorong Laichee 1, accessible either from Hua Kiew Road or Laichee Lane.

I didn’t expect this…

We dropped by here

Outright Coffee

…again for lunch the other day, my third visit to the place.

When we were there that previous time, we were feeling very full so we did not eat anything – my girl just had one of the omelettes and in the meantime, I saw on their Facebook page some new additions to their menu that I thought would be gluten-free and my girl would be able to enjoy them.

We were given this complimentary drink…

Complimentary drink

…their pink passion soda, for purchases from their lunch and dinner menu over RM30.00 on a single receipt – the ladies loved it a lot…

Pink Passion soda

…but I wasn’t all that thrilled by it – it had a sourish hint to it, you see…and like I always say, fat people do not like sour stuff. LOL!!!

The mum had their barbecued chicken with fruit salad and baked wedges (RM15.90)…

Barbecued chicken with fruit salad and wedges

…and she wanted that with mushroom sauce but got rosemary instead. It did not matter much though as  the sauce was very nice and went really well with the chicken.

My girl didn’t want much so she just had the grilled barbecued chicken chop with fries (RM13.90)…

Grilled barbecued chicken with fries & mushroom sauce

…and she got the mushroom sauce with her order. Yes, she enjoyed the chicken and yes, she liked the fries which looked and tasted like their own-made, not those scrawny supermarket shoestrings which would turn dry and hard and all shrivelled up at places where they over-fry them.

I had the golden fried chicken chop with spaghetti bolognese (RM16.90)…

Golden fried chicken chop with spaghetti blognese

…and since they coated the chicken with bread crumbs, my girl would not be able to have that, not gluten-free and the spaghetti is a definite no-no as well unless she brings her own pasta for them to use as a substitute. The chicken went well with the mushroom sauce and personally, I did not think, compared to the grilled barbecued one, it was as compatible with the rosemary.

We sure enjoyed our lunch that day and I had already passed the cash to the cashier to pay for our orders when an ex-student of mine, a professional photographer now, there for a pre-wedding shoot (and that sure speaks volumes about how nice the place is), walked in…and he insisted that he would like to give me a treat and asked that they returned the money to me. Wow!!! I didn’t expect that, thank you so much, Albert…and it sure was nice seeing you again (and your family too) after all these years.

Of course, now that they have a lot more on their menu other than coffee and cakes and pancakes and waffles, they would be seeing a lot more of us in the days to come.

OUTRIGHT COFFEE (2.290978, 111.820996) is located at 24B , Jalan Lau King Howe, at the end of the first block of shops immediately behind the Lay King Howe Memorial Museum.

Overboard…

Well, I guess I did go a bit overboard that evening but we were all very hungry. That is why people say it is best to go shopping for food when you are very full – in the end, you will not buy anything! LOL!!!

We did not have a very heavy lunch last Saturday but still, 4 something to 5 was rather early for dinner so just like the previous week, we went for the novena and the sunset service at our regular church and dropped by here…

A-Plus Food Centre & Restuarant

…when it was all over, at past 8.00 p.m. for a bite to eat. It wasn’t along our way home but it was pretty close by and we did not need to venture into the town centre proper so it was quite a convenient stop for us.

Of course, we were VERY hungry by the time we got there and of course, I had to have my not-to-be-missed fish maw clear soup…

A-Plus fish maw soup

I do enjoy it very much and my girl would insist on having her favourite here, their very nice ngor hiang

A-Plus ngor hiang

– I did hear that they had lokan (clams) in the minced meat filling but I never bothered to ask them about it.

I also asked for the stewed pork trotter…

A-Plus stewed pork trotter

…for one but the nice young boy said that their smallest serving would be two so two it was! Ooopsss!!! I forgot to ask for the stewed eggs – I would enjoy that very much, I know!

The dish came out looking rather dark, darker than usual and upon tasting, it seemed like it was the black vinegar version and I was fine with it. I did wish there was a bit of fat though – all I had was meat…and the skin and tendon.

We had the cangkuk manis fried with egg…

A-Plus fried cangkuk manis with egg

…and also this sea cucumber and egg dish…

A-Plus sea cucumber with egg

At one time, some places here had sharks’ fins done this way, the dry version that was more appropriate for buffet dinners but of course, these days, we would not want to have anything with sharks’ fins anymore – save the sharks – and sea cucumber is a great substitute. It would be nice if they had given us some black vinegar to toss it with – I guess I could have asked for it but we were already too full by then so we just had a bit each and asked for it and about half of the vegetable dish to be packed for us to take home.

The total for the food, rice and drinks came up to over RM60.00 and of course it did not matter one bit – most importantly, my girl enjoyed the dinner to the max and it sure was a welcome break from her daily meals at her school in the jungle. I would have ordered the claypot yam too but the boy said that we already had the soup and what I had ordered would be more than enough for the three of us. Talk about going overboard, eh?  Hehehehehe!!!

A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653) is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu behind the block of shops (where Fair Price Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

Everytime anytime…

The ladies in the house love anything and everything Korean and they sure would not mind going for the cuisine everytime, anytime. As a matter of fact, my missus makes her own kim chi regularly and gives some to our girl to take to her school in the jungle to enjoy and yes, they do use it to cook all kinds of dishes…but unfortunately, I am not a fan of kim chi. LOL!!!

We do have some Korean restaurants in town and this one…

Kimchee Korean Bar.BQ 1

…is actually very good but I’ve only been here once, way back in 2015. The ladies did make their way here another time for dinner when I had to attend some function some place else that evening…and I  heard that they ordered more or less those same dishes as they were the ones that my girl enjoyed the most.

We dropped by last Saturday for lunch…

Kimchee Korean Bar.BQ 2

…and yes, we got all these entrées…

Kimchee Korean Bar.BQ entrees

…on the house and they were refillable, so I was told, but no, we did not ask for more as we had so much to eat that we did not think we would feel like having anymore.

My girl asked for the samgyeopsal

samgyeopsal 1

…the pork belly…

samgyeopsal 2

…which they cooked for us over a fire grill with some hot charcoal…

hot charcoal

…at the next table. I thought that was very good as that way, we would not walk out of the place stinking of what we had just eaten. Of course, it was very nice and we enjoyed it a lot but I was thinking that perhaps, we could ask for the thin version, the daepae samgyeopsal…

Daepae samyeopsal

…on our next visit for a change or the moksal or neck meat…

...and moksal

…that I thought looked really good…

Moksal

We had the dolsot bibimbap

Dolsot bibimbap 1

…before and that day, I thought it was especially nice…

Dolsot bibimbap 2

…definitely much nicer than any that we had had elsewhere.

The ojingeo (squid)…

ojingeo

…was very good too and we sure would want to order that again the next time we drop by here – my girl has a soft spot for sotong (squid) but this time around, we could not order the haemul pajeon (seafood pancake), another favourite of hers as these places usually use the special imported flour from Korea and we are not sure of the ingredients and whether it is gluten free or not.

No, we did not have this…

Just out of the kitchen

I saw it coming out of the kitchen and quickly snapped a pic of it. My guess is that was their sundubu jjigae and it sure looked like there was a lot of kim chi or similar ingredients along those same lines in it – it did not really tickle my fancy when we had that the last time we were here.

Instead of that, for our soup dish, we had the galbi tang or the beef ribs soup…

Galbi tang 1

…that was really thick and nice…

Galbi tang 2

…definitely on our must-order list on our future visits. It was served with rice but of course, we did not touch that as we already had a lot to handle and yes, we did finish everything…somehow, believe it or not.

The total for our lunch that day came up to around RM120.00 which was all right considering that we enjoyed it so much, value for money, and especially when we do not come by often…and seeing that there are a whole lot of new items on their menu, rest assured that they will see us back there again very soon.

KIMCHEE KOREAN BAR.BQ (2.296883,111.825859) is located on the first floor in the block of shops to the right of the Old Sing Kwong Supermarket (Kin Orient Plaza) along Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg.