It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I last dropped by this place, at one time my regular restaurant…and as a matter of fact, we have not been there since my daughter came home in mid-November.

Well, we dropped by for dinner the other night…and it Β was so very crowded with all the people coming home for Chinese New Year. One thing I like about this place is that even though it was fully packed, it was not noisy like many other places that I’ve been to. I guess I can put this down to old age or an occupational hazard – teachers simply cannot tolerate noise. LOL!!!

We had the honey pai-kut ong (pork ribs)…

Ruby - honey pork ribs

…which was very nice and also the mixed bean (plus brinjal) combination…

Ruby - mixed beans

…and a big bowl of sea cucumber soup, no less than 3 servings per person.

We also ordered the cereal prawns…

Riby - cereal prawns

…which took quite a long while to be served. The portions were so huge for 3 persons that by the time we finished the previous three items (and the rice), we were already too full. In the end, we just tapaoed the prawns and took them home to eat the next day.

All that came up to RM52.00 but the boss gave me a discount of RM2.00. I think much of that would be for the drinks – we had fruit juices and if I’m not mistaken, they’re at least RM3-4.00 a glass and minus the rice, I think the food alone would be somewhere around RM40 or less.

For one of those nicer but smaller type of Chinese restaurants, in air-conditioned comfort, I reckon that was pretty reasonable.

Well, it’s Chinese New Year’s Eve today – the Year of the Rabbit. What are you all having for your Reunion Dinner tonight?…Care to share?

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

26 thoughts on “It’s been a while…”

  1. waiting for my bf to arrive. i plan to force him cook for me . kakaka. LOL! maybe i will cook for him? LOL!
    oh prawn! should make him cook prawn right? haha
    so tonight eating out or cooking at home?

    Eating out tonight? Where got any place open unless we go to the hotel restaurants for western cuisine? Going to my parents’ house…reunion dinner there. Wah…bf coming, sure happy new year lah like that. Hehehehehe! πŸ˜‰

  2. My MIL is a vegetarian. So will be having veggies. Happy rabbit year indeed. LMAO.

    Enjoy the carrots. Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  3. Everyone should migrate to Sibu…eat like a king on a daily basis, won’t burst your pocket and can keep money somemore! The dinner is so cheap…can eat and tah-pau lagi.
    Not sure what to have for reunion dinner…what reunion? Only hub,son and me…like that everyday pun reunion kan? Wanted to go out and have an expensive meal in a posh restaurant but 2nd day of school tomorrow and a late night is sooo not wise. To cook at home, a lot of fuss just for the 3 of us…tradition dictates must have fish, prawn, chicken, pork, abalone, sea cucumber and what not…pengsan la I if kena cook all of that…not to mention for the next few days we kena eat same food everyday. I think it’s best if we dine on homemade pizza…hahahah…cheapskate!

    Haiya…but Sibu people’s income like kacang only – if things so very expensive, nobody can afford…can close shop liao! LOL!!!

    Yup! I rented a room at a flat belonging to an old very traditional Chinese couple – not well-off…very frugal all year long but come Chinese New Year, the wife would cook the whole table full of EVERYTHING and since the two could not eat much (and the children were nowhere to be seen), they insisted that I ate every meal with them for several days – the same food, like you said. Of course, not so nice if keep reheating. This is one tradition that will have to go – very wasteful. Should just cook enough for one meal…or maybe for the next day too if no intention to cook and not going out to visit relatives and friends.

    Come on, cook a little something special – enough for three. After all, it’s Chinese New Year – only once a year. Keep your traditional culture and identity alive… πŸ˜‰

  4. Having vegetarian dinner with my Aunt presume will be eating lots of fresh carrots. Happi Rapid Lappit Year hehe GongXiFaCai ~;).

    Wah…so healthy. Eat lots of carrots – good for the eyes. LOL!!!πŸ˜€

    1. Bananaz… ur aunt is not my MIL, rite? =.=

      LOL!! Wouldn’t it be interesting if she is. At dinner tonight, you can ask everyone present – Are you Bananaz? Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  5. Would love to try and cook that mixed beans and brinjal some time soon… looks really nice! πŸ™‚

    Happy Chinese New Year to you and family, STP πŸ™‚

    Thanks, and the same to you and yours. Should be quite easy – with pork belly (but you can omit that – use udang kering instead) and belacan…

  6. Gong Xi Fa Cai! My mum is cooking and everyone’s coming over to my place. Yay! Hahaha.

    Hey , i love pai kut ong!!

    So nice. Enjoy your Reunion Dinner and Qong Xi Fa Cai to you, wife and all in your family… Any pai kut ong for dinner? πŸ˜‰

  7. This evening we are going to a big table of 14.. have a big reunion and then sleep…hahaha..
    Ok, it is morning now, we are going for some indian food.. πŸ™‚

    Gosh! So many people still going out for Indian food? Not busy cooking? All catered from restaurant kah?

  8. Haven’t decided what I’ll have for dinner on Thursday, maybe some Thai fusion, if they’re open. No Reunion for me too, will be having myself for company that day. So you don’t like noise. Well, next time don’t forget the old rotan. I’m sure you had one when you were at SHS. And that RM2 discount, I think that was for a good review in your blog!

    No, I was probably the only one without a rotan…but my classes were always so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Dunno why…I’m so very nice! LOL!!! Your family still in Johore? Severe flooding there – Segamat. Hope they’re not affected. No lah…the boss knows me very well, his daughter was in my tuition class…and many friends eat there because of my good reviews. I took your son there too…

    1. Actually we all have to work or go to school. Mom is in San Francisco, son in San Diego and I’m in Texas. Yes I remember he told me he went to Ruby. Good review from him so I plan to pay them a visit. As you can see, the itinerary is getting to be very long, but I have a whole month. Wow, looks like you have magical powers over your students, but then you never had me as a student, otherwise you may need two rotans.

      Nah…I’ve heard of you in school – such a goodie-goodie one, good student…not like me. Hehehehehe!!!!

  9. Well, my family do not celebrate Chinese New Year so we will just have a simple dinner this night.

    I guess there’s no public holiday in your country either? 😦

    1. Yes sir. Chinese New Year is not a holiday here.

      LOL!!! Too bad. Here, they get 2 days…so plus the weekend, everybody will only go back to work on Monday the earliest.

  10. A big feast cooking at home.. home made roast pork, char siew, braise duck, lobak, soup and chicken!!

    Wishing you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    Same to you and your family. Dunno what we’re going to have – I know we’ll have braised (phak lor) duck. Don’t wanna go into to kitchen – missus cooking…like war zone.

  11. We will have my MIL’s decent homecooked meal for dinner, simple auspicious dish like prawn, steamed fish and some mushroom I perhaps!^-^

    Yum! Will be having a simple one too with my parents and sister – plus my missus and daughter, only 5 of us.

  12. About time to have my family reunion dinner…..steamboat! LOL!

    Bon Appetit. Ah…maybe we’ll have that for pre-Chap Goh Meh. Chap Goh Meh night, my daughter and I will be in KL.

  13. Ruby’s got a problem with echoes & sound resonating.
    The other time I was there, there was a big group drinking, yelling & laughing. Thanks to the enclosed space, their sound waves bounced all around the room & painfully into my ears! They were unbearable!
    The food was still good though. =)

    Oh? Never had to endure that before. Always nice and quiet everytime I went there. You must have been really lucky… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  14. wah it’s also been a while since I last have the honey pork ribs. they sure looked good!

    Tasted good too…but you always have nicer and better things to eat. πŸ˜‰

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