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.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Before leaving…”

  1. My kind of dishes. All looks good. Your niece doesn’t suggest going Payung Cafe or some other places for a change. I think Payung serves pretty nice dishes too.

    I did bring her to Payung once to celebrate her birthday. Her only complaint was the servings were bigger when she went with me.
    Obviously she had been there herself before.
    We also had our family reunion lunch there once:
    Everybody loved the food!
    The thing is with the local people who have been away too long, when they come home, they only want to local specialties –
    midin, cangkok manis, tauhu tear, sea cucumber soup, mee sua…not so keen on anything else.
    I have heard stories of people stopping by a coffee shop for kampua mee
    before going home after a week’s holiday abroad!

  2. Wow! Another feast! All the dishes look good though some did not live up to expectations. Sometimes when the restaurant is too busy, the quality might drop a bit.

    Yes, I would agree. Even the waiting staff was running short that night – one boy doing everything, no sign of the girls…and the boss and his wife had to do the serving as well. Best avoided, these peak occasions!

  3. All my type of dishes. With a week long holiday, most of the restaurants are packed and fully booked.

    Yes, we went out for dinner last night, even as early as 5, we saw crowds at so many places. By 6, most were already full.

  4. The prawns look so yummy. Need to eat these first, otherwise the batter will get very soggy at the end.
    I prefer if they could serve the gravy separately in a dipping bowl so the prawns will stay crispy longer.

    That Foochow tofu tear is new to me. Of course, we don’t have fried midin either.
    Your Four Heavenly Kings are slightly different to ours too. Ours always done in sambal stir fry.
    Must have petai too, I can see long beans, winged beans, okras and brinjals in yours. No petai?

    I like independent bakeries like Marcus, our town is infested with bakery franchises like Secret Recipe, Lavender, SDS etc.

    1. It’s all right eaten there straight from the wok. Definitely must separate is tapao-ing home,
      the same with anything and everything fried in batter with sauce poured over them.
      I would not want to use the sauce as a dip – this dish is not meant to be eaten that way.
      Imagine eating curry and you separate the cooked meat and the gravy
      and when you eat, you dip the meat in the gravy! Ridiculous!

      Yes, no petai in our version of that dish here!
      Don’t forget, Sibu is a VERY Foochow town, not much Malay or Peranakan influence.
      Very few like me – I love petai…and FYI, the petai here are a whole lot smellier.
      I acguired the taste at the hotel buffets in the peninsula – not so smelly, very nice.

      We have Secret Recipe here but we hardly go and buy from there – rather expensive.
      I’ve had Lavender and SDS before as well…in KL.
      We have a lot of our own local franchises, bakeries with branches all over town – nowhere near Marcus’.

  5. The birthday cake was lovely. I would love to have a slice!! A nice dinner cum family gathering.

    I like pandan chicken, long time did not have that.

    The ones elsewhere are small and dry, not nice…just like those sold frozen at the supermarkets. I only like the ones here.

  6. I miss those butter scotch prawns, the first time I tried this was in Malaysia, defitniely one of the best prawn recipes ever made

    I suppose you mean butter prawns, dry or creamy. This is butter scotch – I have the feeling that condensed milk is used in the cooking.

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