Before leaving…

We were here exactly a week ago, the previous Sunday, but because my niece, the one working in Singapore, suggested dropping by again for an early celebration since my missus’ birthday is just a few days away and she would have left town by then, we were back there again for dinner the other night.

Personally, I would prefer to go some place else for some other kind of cuisine other than Chinese, perhaps but since everybody was o.k. with the suggestion, I just followed the crowd. And talking about crowds, that was the Labour Day weekend followed by Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the place was packed even though we got there before 6 in the evening.

When we were there, we saw people coming in but they were all turned away. Obviously they could not cope with too many. Luckily, I had made a reservation a day earlier – I called at 5.30 p.m. and the boss seemed rather impatient like he was so very busy, too busy to stay on the line for too long! We also saw a lot of orders for home delivery too – perhaps many could not manage to get in so they ordered the food from here to eat at home.

Of course, I ordered all the dishes that we did not have the week before like their very delightful pandan chicken…

…for instance, different from those elsewhere and so very nice! For one thing, theirs are very much bigger and they marinate the meat really well first – I can taste some serai (lemon grass), kunyit (turmeric) or whatever before they deep fry it. The special chili dip to go with it is really nice too, very compatible!

The butter scotch prawns…

…were good too but I was quite pissed off by the use of those plastic plates instead of their sparkling new white ceramic ones.

So it was too with their lemon mayo grilled lamb…

…another favourite of ours and yes, it was still as nice…despite the plastic plate! Tsk! Tsk!

I wanted to order the longevity noodles, the mee sua, in chicken soup but my girl said she would prefer to have it fried so her wish was my command…

We could see the difference between what we were served that night and the one we had a week ago. This was a shade darker and they said it was not as nice – as for me, I thought it was all right, just that the eggs were over-fried and slightly burnt in places.

For the soup, we had the Foochow tofu tear

…soft bean curd with canned oysters, and it was all right as well, just that we thought the ones we always had here were a bit better.

The midin

…was a disappointment. I did not like the belacan (dried prawn paste) used – perhaps I should have ordered it ching chao (fried plain with garlic) or with Foochow red wine instead.

So it was with the Four Heavenly Kings…

– the four types of beans in a plate though I could not understand why there was brinjal in it. LOL!!! It did not taste that great – we could not taste the hay bee (dried prawns) and there did not seem to be any in the dish at all.

There was quite a lot left of these two vegetable dishes but no, we did not bother to tapao them to take home since we did not really think they were all that nice.

Of course we had another cake from Marcus…

– his cheese-coated butter cake. My niece ordered one for my missus to cut and for everybody to enjoy. This was not as sweet as the one we had the previous week, minus the sweet icing – as a matter of fact, it was a bit salty from the cheese and also the salted butter used in the making of the cake.

The total for the food came up to RM175.00 (SGD55.00) for the 6 of us, a little bit more than the week before, probably because we had prawns and lamb this time around.

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.