What did you do…

Back to my West Malaysian friends from KL who were in town the other day, they were left to their own devices most of the time so I did not really know what mischief they were up to while they were gallivanting all over town.

From the posts that they shared on Facebook, it seemed that they were extremely fascinated by everything at the Sibu Central Market and they enjoyed some of the stuff that they tried at the hawker centre on the 1st floor and they seemed to have fallen head over heels in love with our Sibu Foochow dianpianngu, there at the hawker centre and also at the celebrated place of origin here and also here.

They had lunch here and dinner here and though they felt that some of the dishes were nice, they were not exactly overwhelmed by them. That was why I was wondering if I had made the right decision in insisting on bringing them here for lunch on their final day in town.

Nobody said anything about the pandan chicken…

Ruby pandan chicken

…so I guess it was all right and I did not see anybody getting excited about the butter scotch prawn balls…

Ruby butter scotch prawn balls

…the favourite of many here, either. It appeared to me that they were not all that fond of dishes that were sweet and I could jolly well guess that that was the reason.

We also had the grilled lamb with the very nice lime and mayo sauce…

Ruby grilled lamb with lime & mayo sauce

– one dish that I do enjoy very much around here.

Somebody commented that the cangkuk manis fried with egg…

Ruby cangkok manis with egg

…was not as nice as one place that they went to on their first night in town (coming right up in my next post) but the rest were fine with it. I would agree to some extent that it was not as nice as before – the leaves, for one, were kind of old and I was somewhat put off by that and the eggs looked rather dull, like they had added some kind of sauce or whatever, not nice and yellow. Even my missus felt that same way the last time we were here.

They loved the midin, ching chao (fried plain with garlic)…

Ruby midin ching chao

…though and personally, I did not think the fried mee sua

Ruby fried mee sua

…was all that great that day. One of the ladies does not eat pork so I had asked for the meat to be left out and perhaps, they did not use lard to cook either and probably, that made all the difference. I certainly had very much nicer fried mee sua here on some of my earlier visits.

They all loved the tauhu tear, the Foochow-style tofu soup cooked with canned oysters…

Ruby tofu soup

…and their own-made tofu…

Ruby own-made tofu

…was a hit. They said it tasted so good, with its light hint of hay bee (dried prawns) and it was nice enough on its own, no need for any mayo or sauce.

Well, at least, there were hits and misses so on the whole, it wasn’t too bad, after all. The total for the food for the 8 0f us came up to RM195.00, including one dish of Foochow fried noodles that I did not order and I asked for it to be packed for me to take home and no, if it is Foochow fried noodles that you want, I would suggest that you go some place else – theirs isn’t the best around, that much I would say.

On their final night here, they went here for the super expensive prawn noodles (The last I heard, it was already RM45.00 a bowl – word had it that they had to fork out a whooping RM80 for that!!!) and their chao chai hung ngang (noodles in preserved vegetable fish soup which they actually liked more than the prawn mee) and here for the super super expensive empurau aka wang poo liao (unforgettable), steamed, before flying back the very next morning.

They came to Sibu with individual suitcases, all quite empty and after 4 days/3 nights, they went back to KL with all of them packed to the brim plus at least three extra styrofoam boxes filled with frozen fish and prawns and what not and their hand-carried luggage! They had to buy extra baggage for all that! And of course, they ate A LOT too while they were here but they did not manage to eat everything – too many things, too little time! Now, who says there is nothing in Sibu?

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.

13 thoughts on “What did you do…”

  1. I like the toufu tear. Had chance to taste it.

    You’ll need those canned oysters to cook that. Can only buy in Sibu, I hear!

  2. The butterscotch prawn balls look amazing! Is it cooked in the same way as butter chicken, though?

    I don’t think so. This has condensed milk, after all, it is butter scotch…and should have a lot of leek and maybe curry leaves too, to give it the added fragrance and taste. The one we had that day seemed to fall short in these two ingredients.

  3. Reading this blog is so much fun. Your friends are lucky, I wouldn’t have a clue where to recommend… I wonder what did they buy?

    A whole lot of fish, spent a few K on that alone, believe it or not! Sapu-ed all the freshwater prawns at my regular stall (except the smaller ones) – the lady seldom smiled, poker face…but that day, she was smiling from ear to ear, they said! LOL!!!

    Glad you enjoy reading, thanks.

  4. All the dishes looks good but I agree that the cangkuk manis fried with eggs looks a bit mushy this time . At least they have a great time at the Sibu Central Market and enjoying the stuff they had at the hawker centre.

    A lot more to try and buy – too little time and having to walk around on foot and taking Grab is not all that convenient.

    The same as when I go over to Kuching or KL or anywhere – no transport means I would just have to explore around the hotel to see what I could find and be happy with it, can’t do all that I would want to do. At least I prepared for them a detailed itinerary so if they wanted, they could look at it to see what they should look for.

    So very often, when I went somewhere, somebody would say…oh, this or that is very nice there. I went already what! So unless I go all the way back again, I would just have to give whatever it is a miss.

  5. My friend’s mother in law flies over to Sibu every where and buys back to kl 90kg worth of fish, prawns and other seafood. I guess only Sibu people who wanted to get out of Sibu will say that there is nothing there for them. I see lots of interesting Sibu things from your posts.

    The young ones find Sibu extremely boring and they head to the cities for better paying jobs but everything is so expensive they will find it hard to make ends meet – would live more comfortably here at a much lower pay but of course, they feel there is nothing to do here, not for the young and restless.

    Others, those who do not frequent my blog especially, would think there is nothing here plus the budget airlines is not very kind to us – the fares are always quite high (flights always full) so people would rather go elsewhere, overseas.

  6. i guess it’s true – lard really is that secret ingredient that makes all kinds of fried noodles taste indefinably better! 🙂

    …and it’s listed among the world’s healthiest food these days. Just eat, no fear!

  7. The meal is well balanced, got chicken, prawns, lamb, vegetables and soup. I can see that sibu’s food are affordable and tasty from all your blog posts, but must know where to go for cheap and good food.


  8. All the droolworthy pics esp. the pandan chicken n the lamb, have made me hungry now in the middle of the night 😀 The midin/ fern made me happy! Tastes yum the simple way. We use to forage neighbouring mounds during my childhood days for collecting these ferns.

    …and midin is wild, 100% organic, pesticide-free and no chemical fertiliser either!

  9. I can’t cope when I am with them. We went to Melaka and Johor together. They will go supper after dinner and disappear after breakfast for food hunt. They can eat up to 10 meals a day to try everything. I KO after the first round yet they can go on and on and on like an Energizer bunny. They really have bottomless tummy space and are really adventurous :O

    Not as hebat as the group of 9 who came some years ago – they ate non-stop! So much fun having these people around. So when are you coming?

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