A shop which unabashedly copy the famous brand of Secret Recipe? That was my first thought, but a visit to the shop shows that it is anything but. Although it shares a word in its name with your favorite neighborhood confectionery shop, a taste of its food does give credit to its namesake.
The shop has a tropical outlook, and the interior is lined with wallpapers of bricks with photos of happy visiting diners decorating a portion of a wall. Glow of yellow light beckons lovers to spend a romantic dinner or the occasional passer-by to spend a relaxing night, although the interior is a little packed from the cramped arrangement of tables and chairs. Since it is strategically located just a few blocks from USM and with its offer of 10% discount off of set dishes for students of USM and INTI college who can show his student pass, you can expect this spot to be frequented by students.
Welcome to Hidden Recipe! Greetings from a tropical outlook and well-lit interior...
Hidden Recipe serves fusion food, so one can expect that both oriental and western dishes can be obtained from this shop. Although there is a menu for á la carte choices, I usually choose from the offered choice of set dishes. The 10 different oriental set dishes are cheaper, at a price of RM7.90 per set. In addition to the choice of meal, the set comes with the beverage of the day, an egg and a bowl of Chinese soup of the day.
|Black pepper fish rice set is served with the fish prepared in cubes, served with spicy black pepper sauce.|
|Gung-po chicken rice set is served with lots of dried chili, as its namesake suggests.|
|Tangy chicken rice set tastes sour, and may not be everyone's favorite.|
|Bread and butter to go with a cream soup; the beverage for western set dish and oriental set dish is different.|
|Taking a sip between the appetizer and the main dish...|
|Chicken chop is served crispy with delicious gravy and some side dishes.|
|A cream soup to go with the cheese baked rice set.|
|Ham and sausage cheese baked rice set; this one is chosen to go with oriental wine sauce.|
So if you were tasked to organize a celebration party, or just wanted to enjoy a simple dinner from anyplace other than a hawker's stall, why not give this place a try and sample the hidden recipe. If you are a student of INTI or USM, do present your student card to get 10% discount off of the set dishes.
Suitable for: usual lunch and dinner, and celebrations
Website: Hidden Recipe Cafe in Facebook
Contact: 6012-5345496; 6012-4987838