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 HockΒ (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,Β 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…

Author: suituapui

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52 thoughts on “She likes…”

  1. Waaaa… Mandy…the smile… from ear to ear. πŸ˜€ She sure loves those food!

    So many bad comments on Sibu from her colleagues and friends – who were here on working trips, no friends around to take them here and there and to try the best in town. I hope her trip has changed her mind…

  2. So… Big E and Little E tags along with Ling? They’re sweet, aren’t they?

    Yes, sweet little things…but they hardly eat, except perhaps the younger one – a bit only. Reminds me of Melissa when she was their age – kind of worrying!

  3. Eh? What happened to everyone else? Still sleeping kah?

    Many have taken Monday off so they have a long weekend…

  4. Haihhh… you know something, Cikgu… for a moment, I thought Mandy went there to find a husband… the shop so misleading wan! LOL!!!

    If I had any good prospective suitor, sure I would match them one. He would be such a lucky guy to get such a wonderful lady like Mandy.

    And what is this trend of commenting in a series like this? Hmmm…I know jolly well where all this started – but over there, they do it to get the number of comments to be top in a list… Quite a nuisance, I would think…having to click, click,click….or perhaps, old man so slow and no patience and not very good at this.

  5. Those buns with pork looks very yummy…never tried before. I like your friend Mandy and her “sweet” self-confidence! πŸ˜‰

    She’s a great friend, always there for me – I am so blessed. Those “buns” are Sibu’s signature food – you have to come here to eat them. LOL!!!

  6. So cheap!! Mandy, oh Mandy… enjoy the Sibu food to the fullest! Yee Ling, you too! Eat more on our behalf.. all we can over here is do is to imagine the taste….. hmmmmm…

    Yes, went to Ruby again today for lunch with Mandy for another round of midin belacan before she caught her flight back to KL. Yee Ling’s flight was earlier…so she did not get to go to Ruby this time around. Anyway, everybody can always come again…very near! Everyone can fly! LOL!!!

  7. I miss all the food at Ruby! πŸ˜€
    The place you brought her for Mille crepe and kompia is good – remember going there with you too.
    Yeah, during your time (oops sorry haha) Mui Hock is generally agreed as having the best coffee in town. My mom agrees too.
    I’ve bought their coffee for the office percolator and it’s good and strong. It’s still good now.
    Can’t wait to eat at Ruby again, especially those butter scotch prawns. πŸ™‚

    My friend, Mandy, kept the ground coffee in her room and even though it was sealed, airtight…her room was filled with the aroma…and she said she slept so well. Aromatherapy! LOL!!! Ya…it’s May and June will be here soon. Sure we can always drop by Ruby when you’re back here… πŸ™‚

  8. I want to eat mille crepe too! The kompia so special one… never seen before until today! (katak di bawah tempurung LOL)

    I guess you can find mille crepe everywhere – good or not, expensive or not, that’s another story. Kompia, you will just have to come to Sibu – Sitiawan’s different and not getting good reviews…but I hear the ones from Yong Peng aren’t too bad. πŸ˜‰

  9. i like that mille crepe, to go with the kompia and dumplings!! hahaha, what a east meet west~~ nice!!! :p

    That’s why…when people only come for a day or two, they will just have to eat as much of everything as they can, never mind the combination.

  10. Serai is lemon grass and kunyit is tumeric. I think you have mistakenly typed the other way round πŸ™‚

    Oh dear… Let me go and edit it. Thanks, Yi Ling! πŸ˜‰

  11. Hi, all the foods look so delicious and reasonable price, Really value for money. The crepe cake is to die for type, hehehe

    Have a nice day, regards.

    Mandy loves it, the vanilla one – not too rich, not too sweet…just nice. Ya…prices of things, food especially, are quite reasonable…but sometimes, you need to know where to go for the best and/or to get value for money.

  12. oh boy …
    the kompia with 3 layer pork looks so delicious…
    make me so hungry now …. aihhhhh

    Come, come…consider coming to Sibu. You can ask all those who have been here – they loved it a lot! No regrets!

  13. Mandy has sweet smile! And the food sure make me drool too! I miss the meat stuffed kompia!

    Yes, and she’s such a sweet person…and such a great friend – will go out of her way to do anything for a friend. Such gems are so hard to find.

  14. after much persuasion eh.. haha . Great to see you playing the good host that you are again. Nice!

    Ps. have been back to Penang this couple of days, hence the slow blog update, and did not have the opportunity to check in here. Do forgive me ya

    Ya, like how I’ve been persuading you…but you don’t wanna come. 😦 No worries, Isaac – just drop by whenever you can. Always welcome… πŸ™‚

  15. Ish, ish, ish!!!..kasi orang jealous saja. I saw the food and showed Simon and we both look at each other and simultaneously say, ‘we got to go Sibu again soon! ‘I never like Pandan chicken but Ruby’s I like. I am sure Mandy really enjoyed the food and especially the company πŸ™‚

    You’d better believe this! We want back there again for lunch today before we sent her to the airport – she wanted to say goodbye to the midin belacan that she had fallen in love with during her short stay here. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ So? When are you all coming again? I am waiting!!!!

  16. HAhhhaha……cant stop laughing when Mandy keep mentioning she is sweet enuf…..Anyway, it was a great pleasure of meeting her and I should have thanked her for babysitting my two gals and of course the makan treat. Gee….she was fast!!

    Yes, it certainly was a great help having her around. She’s a wonderful lady and friend. Do keep in touch with each other there. The only thing is she would always insist on paying whenever we go out to eat – feel shy lah. If once in a while, take turns, not so bad…not all the time.

  17. LOL….i like the vanilla ones too. Better than the Choc ones. Iaiyo…i missed the food at Ruby la. Nice . Price also not expensive. Portion BIG.

    Forget Bali, forget any place else. Come to Sibu again! Cheap…and so very nice! No worries, I will book you all into a reasonably cheap hotel with a lift the next time around.

  18. Only RM50.00 for all the great food, sooooooo cheap.

    Wait for my next post on the place – minus the fruit juices, I think only RM30 something! Cheap and the best part, soooooo very nice! One time not enough, must go again! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  19. What a lovely and happy smile, Mandy πŸ™‚ Haha, and so ready to tuck into the mille crepe – do I see a fork in each hand?!! Mmmm, yum, the pandan leaf chicken.

    Treasure this gem, Arthur. I remember you wrote that she took Melissa out for a lovely meal during CNY.

    Yes, owe her heaps… Goes out of her way to do anything she can for me. Such a wonderful friend she is! You’d better believe it – she would plan a trip home to Butterworth so she could drive from KL to Sg Petani to pick Melissa and send her to Penang where I’d be waiting to spend her holidays together! Where else can find a friend like this!

    1. I agree, true friends are few, and actions speak louder than words…

      Yes, this is very true. Such friends are hard to find…especially in this selfish and materialistic day and age.

      1. Agree 100% and more. Mandy is a keeper! I want to be her friend too!! hehe

        You haven’t met Mandy eh? Hmmmm…I must arrange for the two of you to meet someday – such nice people must meet and become good friends.

  20. wow wow wow… look at her smile! That is a million dollar smile! the pandan chicken looks so delicious i can smell it from here! >_<

    Come on over! You can smell it…and eat it too!!! Yum! Yum!!!!

  21. there is so much yummy goodness in Sibu. I must prepare my stomach and figure out a way to eat and not gain unnecessarily when I visit πŸ˜€

    Impossible. You need to bring pants and skirts with elastic waistbands. LOL!!! Whenever I have guests, I put on weight too!!! Never mind! All for a good cause – will slim down again (a bit) when everyone has left… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  22. If I am staying in Sibu, Ruby will be my regular joint too. The food there is over the top delicious and the price is so reasonable. I love the photo of Mandy, she looks SO HAPPY! I was very sad this morning because my friend lost her brother but when I see Mandy’s photo and her lovely smile, it kind of brighten up my day πŸ˜€

    Smile and the whole world smiles with you. So sorry to her of your friend’s brother. God has His plans, we can’t run away from that. May he rest in peace…

    Ya, I used to go to Ruby ever so often – that is why I’m not so excited over the food anymore unlike when I first discovered it. I can understand how you all feel about the food – I went through that myself.

  23. wah first stop already started eating?!! the kompia with the meat looks really like a burger!

    Of course lah! Come to Sibu, must eat…eat…and eat! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  24. That butterscotch prawns look so appetizing. U have so many friends visiting. U r such a lucky guy. hahaha……

    Ask Mandy, she thinks everything’s so nice here. Ya, I sure am lucky that friends are willing to come all the way to visit. You wanna come too? Welcome, welcome…

  25. Too bad we different places, if not can be makan kaki, kekeke….

    She’s not really into makan one…will eat anything one, everyday the same wanton mee or chicken rice also ok. I go over…I have to tell her where to go to eat.

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