The least I can do…

My niece, my brother-in-law’s daughter, the one working in Singapore came home during the long Deepavali weekend and of course, she asked us out to dinner and she picked one of the places that she likes in town so there we were again that night like when she was home for her birthday not too long ago.

We got there first and when she showed up a while later with her parents, she brought along a huge bag of goodies for us…

Goodies from Singapore

…all the way from Singapore and this time around, knowing that my girl is gluten-intolerant, she bought a whole lot of gluten-free stuff. She’s such a sweet and thoughtful…and generous girl really!

The boss said that they had wild boar and no, there would not be any soy sauce in it so of course, we wanted that…

Wild boar

No, they did not cook it the way we would do it all our lives, soup or with soy sauce and I did like it done in their style. It sort of reminded me of how some people cooked goat’s meat – I had that before when I was young, probably with a lot of spices such as cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamon…or maybe they just used five spice powder but no, it did not taste quite like it. The rest did not seem too impressed by it so I had the lion’s share and I sure would not mind ordering that again it they have it the next time we drop by.

My niece wanted the venison…


…so we had that too. My girl could not eat that as they had soy sauce in it but she did take a piece to appease the craving. Personally, I am not so into venison as to me, it does not really stand out to make it different from the rest and I would much sooner go for beef or lamb instead.

Other than the two, we had two of our favourites here – the salted egg spare ribs…

Salted egg spare ribs

…and the Thai-style mango chicken…

Thai-style mango chicken

My niece wanted more vegetables so we had the ones not that easily available in Singapore – the midin (wild jungle fern), fried ching chao – clear/plain fried…

Midin, ching chao

…and the cangkuk manis, fried with egg…

Cangkuk manis with egg

…plus the bitter gourd fried with three types of eggs…

Tri-egg bitter gourd

– regular egg, salted egg and century egg.

We ordered the omelette with lap cheong (Chinese sausage)…

Omelette with lap cheong

…for my brother-in-law in particular as he loves the ones cooked outside.

I would say the food that night was very good – we literally cleaned up every plate, not a trace of anything left…and I quietly went to the counter to pay the bill. I guess that was the least I could do to reciprocate for all that trouble my niece went through to buy all the things and cart them all the way back from Singapore to give to us.

The dinner was inexpensive – all those dishes, 8 altogether, for 6 persons came up to only RM103.00. Together with the rice and drinks, it was RM118.30 only and the nice and generous boss gave me a discount like what he would do everytime and collected RM115.00 from me only. Some people are just so very nice!

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 “The least I can do…”

  1. Every dish looks so good and best part is the price. Worth every cent of it.

    Always to our satisfaction, every time!

  2. Make me miss venison looking at your photo.

    So many goodies bought by your niece.

    Yes, she’s such a nice girl, really. Brings us lots of stuff everytime she comes home.

    You like venison? I think it will be nicer with lots of dry chili and ginger served sizzling on a hot plate. They have that here too but we did not order that.

  3. Oh! So many wonderful goodies. Your niece is so generous. All the dishes look delicious. I have yet to taste wild boar!

    Let me know if you’re heading this way – I’ll try and get hold of some really good one to cook for you. Not always readily available at the shops here, the cooked ones.

  4. Thai-style mango chicken looks delicious. I will try it if I have a chance.
    have a great day.

    Shouldn’t be too difficult to cook, fried chicken with Thai chili sauce and fresh mango added.

  5. My comment disappeared, I like the omelette with lap cheong and the bittergourd fried with three types of egg, I have not tried venison before but I think same as you I would rather go for the regular standard meat such as lamb

    Oh? I wonder what happened. Nothing in spam.

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