She likes…

Finally, after much persuasion, my dear friend, Mandy came to town.

After picking her up at the airport upon arrival at around 2 something in the afternoon, we headed here…

@ Noodle House Sibu

No, no! This was not a matchmaking agency, not at all…but it certainly was love at first sight…

Mandy meets Mille

Mandy liked the vanilla mille crepe but opted not to try the double chocolate one as she was afraid that it might be too sweet for her liking…plus, she kept insisting that she was sweet enough. Hmmmm!!!! LOL!!!

And of course, you can’t come to Sibu and this place without eating these…

NoodleHouse kompia

– deep-fried kompia with stewed three-layer pork and minced meat. Ah!!! She has good taste! Just like me, she likes the ones with the yummy slices of pork belly. Drool! Drool!

This is new so I also ordered it to try – dry-fried dumplings (RM8.80)…

NoodleHouse dry fried dumplings

They’re pretty good…but I think they’re somewhat overpriced.

After that welcoming tea, we went around the town and stopped by a few places for this and that – including Mui Hock (ground floor at the former Palace Theatre building) to buy the best coffee powder in town for her to take home for her folks – they love good coffee, I know. Then, we took her to the hotel to check in and to bathe and freshen up and by 6.30, we were out again…and this time to this restaurant which has since become the favourite of many who came to town.

She had their specialty – the pandan chicken…

Ruby pandan chicken 1

…which was so good – very nicely-marinated and I could sense the flavours of kunyit (tumeric) and/or serai (lemon grass) and don’t know what else…

Ruby pandan chicken 2

Mandy loved it and declared it to be better than any that she had had before anywhere else.

And of course, she loved the butter scotch prawns…

Ruby butter scotch prawns

I decided not to order their prawn balls as usually, they would deep fry them first, coated with batter and by the time the dish is served, they would have gone all soggy.

She said she had not seen cangkuk manis fried this way…

Ruby fried cangkuk manis with egg

– most of the time, she would see it cooked in soup and she had had them in pan mien too but she liked it so much better this way.

It was the midin fried with belacan that bowled her over…

Ruby midin with belacan

She found it to be crunchy and sweet and with the belacan, it certainly was a winning combination.

She also enjoyed the fried mee sua (Foochow longevity noodles) very much…

Ruby fried mee sua

…but I thought it was much better the last time around – I found it a little hard for my liking that night. Other than that, even though I do not expect them to bother about any nice presentations that cannot be eaten, I do wish they would at least make sure that what they serve is presentable enough. No doubt it was a busy night and the place was almost full (except for one table for 12) and diners kept coming and going but that is certainly no excuse for dishing out anything looking so shoddy. Tsk! Tsk!

The meal, inclusive of rice and drinks, came up to RM50.00 altogether…but whatever it is, it was worth it as everyone enjoyed it and before we knew it, it was already 8 and we headed back to the airport to pick up Yee Ling and her two daughters who arrived before 9 that night…