Before you go…

It was on Thursday evening last week – the night before my daughter was to go back to Sungai Petani that we went back to the Ruby Restaurant again. For the dinner on her first night home, we forgot to order the steamed black pomfret (ikan bawal hitam) with the yummy sambalgravy over it, so I thought we would go back there just for the fish.

Unfortunately, they did not have any fresh supply of that particular fish that night and had to substitute it with another type of fish…

Ruby's steamed fish with sambal

…but that was a mistake. The fish was bland and did not go well with thesambal which I thought, was a bit too salty that night. It was such a disappointment but what to do? My daughter will just have to wait till she comes home in November for the year-end holidays to get to sample that dish that I love so much.

The honey spare ribs were very nice though…

Ruby's honey spare ribs

The meat was tender enough for me to manage, toothless…and I could taste the rich honey in the sauce. This is certainly a dish worth having if you do not have an aversion for honey – I know some people just can’t stand the stuff.

We also ordered midin (local wild jungle fern) as she had not had it since she came back and they do not have it over there in the peninsula…

Ruby's fried midin

…and we had the tofu soup – Foochow style…

Ruby's tofu soup - Foochow style

…which was nice but I felt it was not very authentic. It is tofu cooked with ginger, canned oysters and minced meat in slightly cornstarch-thickened soup…and I would think they do it better at the Hai Bing Restaurant where we used to go for the crabs.

I had the special blended kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) that night. I do not think I have ever posted my own photo of it and in my earlier post on coffee, I even had to steal it from Clare. Well, I took one of the celebrated drink that night…

Ruby's blended kopi-o-peng

Without the straw, it certainly looks like a glass of Guiness stout, doesn’t it?

All in all, the bill that night came up to RM55.20, inclusive of rice and drinks for three persons…but the boss kindly rounded it up to RM50.00. Now, that was more like it…after all the free promotions on my blog! I scratch your back, you scratch mine! LOL!!!