July 4, 2010

Ruby Restaurant of Sibu

You walk into a small but cosy restaurant run by a small family and you get to feel that you would be well taken care of. Here is a medium small kind of eatery that wins your heart with a lovely name like Ruby. Ruby reminds me of the nice lady in the book "Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Album.

The young man(Mr. Tie) knows what he is doing and his wife and assistant is ever so pleasant. He does not get perturbed unnecessarily and is ever so polite and well trained in commercial dealings.

The room is quiet and the diners polite . And it is seldom that you get this kind of atmosphere. Everything seems to be under good control and even the customers are respectful towards each other. Word must have gotten around that eating should be done quietly and not chaotically. I dislike eating in a place with customers shout at each other across a twelve person round table and waitresses coming out of the kitchen shouting in high decibels " hot! hot!".

There is this special atmosphere I like about Ruby Restaurant and one can even imagine the soft song "Love is a Many Splendoured Thing" floating in the air. But the family conversation we were having obliterated any music in the room actually.

You can order a simple but tasty clear and light toufoo soup. Like most Chinese restaurants in the world toufoo is a good ingredient in a soup. You can even learn that Aji-no-moto is not used here.

this young man came from the Methodist Secondary School. I taught him in the 80's and besides his mother is a first cousin. But it is not family relations that got me the good food. The restaurant does offer good food all the time. Be rest assured that all customers are treated equally well.


their pandan leaf wrapped chicken is great. Just order one or two for each person.

The Ruby Toufoo is nice.



And don't forget the bitter gourd which is nicely stir fried and not too oily.

The dishes will remind you of your mother's great cooking!!

12 comments:

Bengbeng said...

i remember the pandan chicken. it is nice

Ah Ngao said...

they call the toufoo ,"chui pea toufoo" over here in Kuching and it's in cube size.
the bitter gourd looks good and yummy,not to dry ,eh? in fact ,i loves to dine in a dimly-lit restaurant,with not many people around.i just loves dining in a quite ambiance - my food digests better.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Bengbeng
The restaurant is nice...do visit it whenever you want a little quiet...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ah Ngao
Chui pai toufoo is always a good dish to order. Wherever I go I must eat toufoo to balance the water and the earth.
Ambiance makes all the difference to our dining experience....I will never go back to a place where I meet up with spitting people.

reanaclaire said...

hi..greetings from Ipoh.. so you are in Sibu too, like STP? yes, i heard of this Ruby from his posts.. next time when i go to sibu, i will drop by there for a meal.. :p

Puan Isah said...

I know exactly how you mean by a quiet room, the diners polite and your host friendly :) Thank you for sharing your chinese dishes, I love reading your post :)
btw, I am doing a july giveaway, do join in and you may enjoy an RM50 gift vouchers at Popular Bookstore.
Have a good sunday :)

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thanks Renaclaire for visiting. I am from three places = Sibu + Miri+ Brunei - a very unique situation. You must drop by Ruby and see for yourself. The proprietor speaks very good English and that is a good point.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Puan Isah
I have not been reading many blogs recently as my target to write a post a day seem to be in my mind mainly and I do not have as much time for many other things too. And I do very little cooking at home for the last month or so.
I will visit your blog more often...
Thanks...

Ann said...

Heheheh,

may be if their soup is not filled to the brim, they won't have to shout SHIO SHIO aka hot hot. In Singapore, they say SHIAM SHIAM aka move aside move aside.

The Pandan chicken originated from Thailand, is that right?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I think most of the waiters and waitresses in Sibu would say Zie Zie or Yek Yek or Kong ah Kong ah Kong...and in China it would Lang ik sia...

In West Malaysia one waiter said.."Excuse me"...and no one bothered until some one was scalded..but in cases of indemnity the waiter did shout a warning...so the customer cannot claim any compensation...a matter of language...heheheh..

pandan chicken is from Thailand.

Anonymous said...

Judging from Ann's comments, she sounds like she is living in Singapore. Is my assessment correct?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Anonymous
Ann used to live in Singapore...but she now Auckland based...please clic on my thoughts sotries and articles on my writers' list...cheers.