The day after…

The day after that day when everyone arrived, we…

With cousins & friends
*Friend’s photo on Facebook (darkened on purpose to “protect the innocent”…LOL!!!)*

…went here…

Jia Lee

…for the very nice popiah (RM2.50 each)…

Popiah

This was just round the corner from the hotel where they all were staying, a few minutes’ walk away. All of them loved it though one or two did wish it could be a little less sweet – I think that must be the sauce that I do think is a little bit on the sweet side, probably the one in the celebrated Bintangor rojak.

I also ordered these dumplings (RM1.00 each)…

Dumplings

…and personally, I thought the ones here were pretty good.

They were all impressed by the use of these environment-friendly disposable boxes…

Save the environment

…here that many are using right now after the ban in Sibu on the use of polystyrene containers for takeaways (though I am not all that sure about the Malay and English used but I guess everyone can guess the gist of what they are trying to say – after all, it is the action, not the words, that matters), along with one made of a special type of plastic that they say is recyclable or whatever (not the same as the more familiar microwave-safe plastic containers that may get brittle after reusing for sometime and may crack or spoil and would have to be thrown away) and I do prefer the latter as I can wash and use again…and again…and again. According to them, they do not have such a thing going on in the cities where they came from.

Later that day, we went here for lunch as one of my cousins from Kuching wanted their bitter gourd fried with salted egg…

Ruby Restaurant salted egg bitter gourd

She, like my daughter, did not know how to eat the vegetable till she had it at this very restaurant sometime ago.

I ordered their butter scotch prawns balls but I think they got the orders mixed up and we got these salted egg (again) prawn balls…

Ruby Restaurant salted egg prawn balls
*Friend’s photo on Facebook*

…instead but it did not matter one bit to all of us as this was also very nice.

I am using some of my friend’s photographs on Facebook as there were 11 of us and we had to take a big table further inside and it  was not as bright and some of those that I took did not turn out so well.

I also ordered their pandan chicken…

Pandan chicken
*Friend’s photo on Facebook*

…which they thought was really nice and much nicer than many that they had had elsewhere – such a huge chunk of chicken, so nice and juicy and bursting with flavours, they said!

Of course, we had the midin

Ruby Restauarnt midin

…and the fried cangkuk manis with egg…

Ruby Restaurant cangkuk manis
*Friend’s photo on Facebook*

…and the Foochow-style tofu soup…

Ruby Restaurant Foochow-style tofu soup
*Friend’s photo on Facebook*

…to wash everything down.

Some of us had their special blended coffee…

Ruby Restaurant special blended coffee

…while the rest had their umbra/buah kedondong juice.

Now, that delightful lunch for 11 people came up to only RM108.00, excluding rice and drinks. I thought that was really very cheap and what mattered most, of course, was the fact that everyone enjoyed it.

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Author: suituapui

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

25 thoughts on “The day after…”

  1. So many bowls of tofu soup! I am such a glutton, I like all the food you blogged about here.

    Those were individual bowls – the waitress distributed at the next table and served, no space at our table, 11 people…big servings.

    1. I wished there had been an extra bowl. I would’ve walloped it. My favourite dish that lunch.

      The soup? Can’t get anything this good in Kuching, eh? Not unless your mum cooks it! 😀

  2. Love the soup and pandan chicken.. Eh I dreamt about pandan chicken last week.. Sigh I think I really need some pandan chicken now.

    Dunno where you can get really nice ones there, as nice as these – usually see very small ones, very dry…like those frozen ones in the supermarket.

  3. Ermm, I notice you are a thorn among the roses. Oh boy, all I can say is awesome food and very very cheap price. Every dish makes me drool.

    The rose among the thorns, you mean? 😉 Hehehehehehe!!!! Yes, I was surprised too – so cheap and there was one big plate of prawns some more. Usually, with prawns or fish, cannot expect it to be very cheap here.

  4. Judging from the amount of people there, this looks like quite a popular place! 🙂

    The typical scene in the morning at the coffee shops here…and there are so many of them! Amazing!!!

  5. Hope they really do more action on banning the polystyrene and plastic, since we always lazy to do so, better the government set the rules, easy to stop everything…

    Setting the rule is one thing, enforcement is another…and co-operation from the people – they will just carry on with their old ways and curse and swear at the authorities. Glad to see that the people here are ok with the ruling from our municipal council – everyone has complied. We have no plastic bag days too – on Mondays and Saturdays and if you buy a lot of stuff, they will give you those empty carton boxes for free to put all the things. Only the big supermarkets will ask you to buy their recycled bags, not the rest.

  6. LOL at those Malay and English translations on the box! The Chinese words and grammar are perfect though… 😀

    Not surprised. That’s Sibu for you – predominantly Chinese. Even the road names on street signs, they have those in Mandarin characters and of course, the shop signs as well. There is also this Mandarin-speaking culture all over so one would need to be conversant in the language to get by here (many cannot speak Malay or English) – the Foochow dialect is still spoken sometimes but Hokkien is gradually dying out. Other dialects have never been widely used here.

  7. Still can recognise you though the picture has been darken, hehe…

    The rose among the thorns mah…and hard to find anybody else this big! 😀

  8. Rm 1 for such a big dumpling! I bet its gonna be like Rm 2.50 each here in pg LOL

    I think that’s the standard price here in the coffee shops though I think they could do with 80 sen each. RM2.50, I’d rather go for a plate of kampua mee instead.

  9. I like the looks of the pandan chicken the best…well caramelised sides. Erm…there’s 11 of you but I only see 10 bowls of soup…..did you gobble yours down already! Kekeke! 😀

    Best pandan chicken I’ve had anywhere – it’s what they use to marinate that I like the most, bursting with flavours…and they do not cook it till dry and hard like some that I have had elsewhere. Nope, maybe the tray was big enough for 10 bowls only…so the waitress had to serve the remaining one bowl separately. I’m not all that big on soups…so I would not down that little bowl at one go, that’s for sure.

  10. What is that topping on the popiah. I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

    Crushed peanut…and they have that inside too. One thing that I like about this lady’s popiah – she’s very generous with the peanuts and the filling is kind of raw (different from the rest) and fresh…and very crunchy!

  11. What a feast for lunch!

    They only had around two days here so had to make the most of the time they had – still many things that they did not get to eat, will have to come back again.

  12. Wat? That is seriously cheap for such delightful food.

    I was pleasantly surprised myself. Didn’t quite expect that. I hope it stays that way – prices going up everywhere, I am sure people will look for more affordable places to go and eat so this one will be one of the better choices. 😉

  13. I went to nice last night with a group of 9 & it cost RM147. Fish, pork, chicken & 2 verge.

    Ruby was quite pricy when I went there with 3 people though. Might be what I ordered.

    Cheap, Nice…even with GST. I go too sometimes, early…to avoid the crowd and the commotion. Ruby’s not as cheap, I’d agree – especially if you order steamed fish (fish fillet is ok) or prawns…but if 3-4 people, order for 2 – enough to go round and the bill will be reduced quite substantially. The menus at these two places and others like Mom’s (cheap, they say – so always packed) and Y2K (very nice but very expensive) are different so it depends on what one wants. I hear Jing’s (opposite Sibu Medical Centre) is very nice and very very cheap – yet to go and check it out. Place is not as nice though.

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