Seventy…

My sister-in-law was seventy on Thursday and she invited all of us to a simple dinner at our usual get-together restaurant in town. Her daughter, my niece working in Singapore, was not able to come home so we just had to carry on without her.

My brother-in-law went and ordered a cake from Marcus and asked for it to be coated with crushed peanut – they love it this way…

I prefer his regular butter cream icing but this was good too. If it’s a cake from Marcus, you can be sure that it is second to none.

Of course, we had the traditional longevity noodles, the mee sua, with the lightly-fried golden eggs…

…a must when somebody celebrates his or her birthday.

I asked for the Thai -style mango chicken…

…even though I should not be eating the sweet fruit but I guess once in a long while would be fine. I did refrain from eating too much of the mango though and enjoyed more of the meat instead.

My brother-in-law insisted on ordering one of their signature dishes for as long as I can remember, their pandan chicken…

…and yes, as usual, it was great. The chunk of meat wrapped inside the leaves is much bigger and not so dry compared to the regular ones served elsewhere plus they marinate theirs in their own way, as a result of which, theirs never fail to stand out a head above all the rest.

He also wanted two more of their signature dishes, the most delightful butter scotch prawn balls…

…and their own-made tofu served with mayonnaise…

I did not tell anybody but I seem to have developed an allergy so I have not been eating prawns for quite sometime now. I never bothered to ask to confirm but I am pretty sure I could detect a very light hint of hay bee (dried prawns/udang kering) in the tofu and that makes theirs much nicer than the rest that we have around here.

For the vegetable dish, we had the midin (wild jungle fern), ching chao (fried plain)…

…and everyone liked how the ferns were extra “fat” that evening and so very crunchy. I sure liked it a lot more than the last time when we had it with belacan (dried prawn paste) as I was not that fond of the quality of their current stock…and anyway, I shouldn’t be eating that as well these days.

The sea cucumber soup…

…that we had to wash everything down was so very good that my girl couldn’t resist going for a second helping.

All in all, everything was very much to our liking – that certainly was a delightful dinner. Business was brisk with a whole lot of customers coming and going. I did not see any lingering around after they had finished eating so the place was not overly crowed at any one time. Why? The guy and his family from this VERY popular, forever crowded restaurant in Rejang Park dropped by there too for dinner! I guess this is an obvious testament as to how good the food served here really is.

RUBY RESTAURANT 红宝石餐厅

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.