Eat at home (1)…

The other night…

Sibu by night

…we went to Ruby for dinner. There were 4 of us and we had sweet and sour pork, braised tofu on a hot plate, deep-fried breaded fish fillet with mayonnaise and bitter gourd fried with salted eggs. The bill came up to over RM40, inclusive of rice and drinks. No doubt the servings were quite generous but I still thought that was a bit too expensive. Previously a meal like that would cost around RM30 only.

Actually, sometime ago, we went there for lunch – 5 of us and we had butter scotch fish fillet, sotong (calamari) fried with dried chillies (which wasn’t nice), Japanese tofu with Thai sauce (which was edible, nothing great), Thai-style midin and sea cucumber soup for over RM50 including rice and drinks. Good grief! With that money, I would be able to cook something a lot nicer!

For instance, I bought two whole leg of chicken (drumstick) for around RM12.00 and steamed them to collect the stock to cook chicken rice and then like what I did the previous time,  I rubbed soy sauce and honey on the skin and roasted the meat…

STP's roasted honey chicken

…and there was enough for 6 people, compared to the plate for 3 that we had the other day. Unfortunately, it failed miserably on presentation as I was not very good at chopping it up for serving! LOL!!! I had a few strings of long beans in the fridge so I cooked them with eggs…

STP's fried longbean omelette

…and there were a bit of cabbage and fish balls too, so I cooked some clear soup with that and garnished it with a bit of fried shallots…

STP's cabbage fish ball clear soup

There was enough for the 6 of us and I do not think that would cost more than RM20.00. Considering that, therefore, I would certainly think it would make more sen(se) to just eat at home until such a time when they decide it is high time to reduce their prices. After all, the price of petrol had gone down AGAIN yesterday!

By the way, if you’re interested, I have this variation of the common Chinese steamed custard pork. I only had minced meat in the fridge, so I used that. I added two tablespoons of cincaluk (fermented shrimps), a tablespoon of Foochow red wine (optional), a teaspoon of msg and 4-6 slices of ginger. After breaking an egg into that, I mixed everything thoroughly and steamed it…

STP's steamed cincaluk minced pork

I had some fried shallots handy so I used a bit of that for garnishing. Was it nice? You’ll have to ask my friend, Jimmy. He had two plates of rice…for the first time ever!!! Why don’t you give it a try? I am sure you will not be disappointed! LOL!!!