Do you remember the first time…

One of my cousins from Kuching never liked bitter gourd before until the first time she tasted the one here and since then, every time she came to Sibu, she would make it a point to stop by the restaurant for the dish – their bitter gourd fried with salted egg…

Ruby Restaurant bitter gourd with salted egg

…and also the very very nice kopi-o-peng (iced coffee, black) here.

They contacted me on Sunday and asked us to join them for lunch there so there we were, nine of us altogether. I did ask for smaller servings but every order that came out looked so big like there was enough to feed an army.

Other than the aforementioned dish, we also had their salted egg spare ribs…

Ruby Restaurant salted egg spare ribs

– I had that before, twice, I think, but this time around, it was simply out of this world – so very generous with the salted egg yolk and the taste sure swept everyone off their feet.

We had another vegetable dish, the sweet potato leaves ching-chao (fried plain)…

Ruby Restaurant sweet potato leaves

…and everyone was amazed by how tender it was and was wondering if it was some other vegetable, bayam perhaps. In the end, they confirmed with the boss and indeed, it was sweet potato leaves – they said that the ones they had in Kuching were probably too old and were not as nice.

This has been my favourite ever since the first time I stumbled upon this place and yes, it won the hearts of all that I brought here for lunch or dinner over the years – their butter scotch prawns…

Ruby Restaurant butter schotch prawn balls

…and that day was no exception.

The Thai mango chicken…

Thai mango chicken

…was a hit as well and to wash it all down, we had the sea cucumber soup.

Everyone enjoyed the lunch very much and the bill for the 6 dishes came up to RM105.00 for the food.  I guess that was pretty reasonable considering that we had prawns and pork is not exactly cheap these days…and there was sea cucumber in the soup too, just that I did not think I came across any in the bowl that I had.

RUBY RESTAURANT  is located at No. 71, Jalan Kampung Nyabor right next to HOME COOK CORNER  (2.292756, 111.825335) with the AmBank Tunku Osman branch in the very next block.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Do you remember the first time…”

  1. This is the second time I’m seeing bitter gourd with egg this week. I haven’t yet grown a fondness for the veg but I bet egg would make it more palatable.

    These days, bitter gourd is not bitter at all so more or less, it is like all other crunchy vegetables like asparagus and so on, the texture, that is. I do like it a little bit bitter though.

  2. I like those two plates of greens. These days Bittergourds are quite expensive (last week RM10/kg). As for potatoes leaves there are 2-3 types if I am not wrong. Leaves with heart shape taste sweeter than the long leaves one as I was told. How true it is.

    WHAT??? My missus buys bitter gourd quite regularly but I never ask about the price.

    Oh? Different types of sweet potato leaves. The ladies loved the one here so much – they were talking about “ee lang phay ee air kee” (shaving/peeling the stems or whatever), that is why so tender and nice.

  3. I should try the bitter gourd fried with salted egg, as i am same with your cousin, never like bitter gourd…

    My girl was like that too. Now it’s one of her favourite vegetables.

  4. i guess the virtues of the bitter gourd and the sweet potato leaves balance out the vice of the salted egg pork ribs and butterscotch prawns! 🙂

    Yes, I always make sure that we have a balanced meal, not all meat and seafood – so I will always order a few dishes of greens. I’m really not all that pleased when having a plate of meat and rice with two miserable slices of cucumber by the side.

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