5.114 TERRP 44(2.06) Secret Recipe: Penang Fried Kuay Teow

-Cycle 5, Item 114-
29 (Tue) April 2014

Penang Fried Kuay Teow


at Secret Recipe (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP), Phase 2.

In Manila since January, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  Initially here on a 3-month contract, I started with the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40), which I completed last week.  Now staying on a new contract through October, I'm doing the restaurants on the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 16, then onto to the 3rd and 4th floors, time permitting.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, oh well.

This is the 44th in the series, the 6th on the 2nd floor.  Pedro Gil Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 18(2.01) Feb 19 / Cyma Greek Taverna (Greek) (see 5.045 Spinach & Artichoke Fondue) / 4.0 / $$$
- 40(2.02) Apr 7 / Pho Hoa Noodle Soup (Vietnamese) (see 5.092 Pho Ga) / 1.0 / $$
- 41(2.03) Apr 13 / Almon Marina (Western) (see 5.098 Sydney Special) / 3.0 / $$
- 42(2.04) Apr 14 / Bacolod Chicken Inasal (Filipino) (see 5.099 Inasal + Adobong Kangkong) / 2.5 / $
- 43(2.05) Apr 28 / Shakey's (American) (see 5.113 Friday Special Pizza) / 2.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor:

- 12(3.01) Feb 6 / Healthy Shabu Shabu (Japanese) (see 5.032 Fish Fillet Set) / 3.0 / $$$
- 19(3.02) Feb 20 / Shanghai Cuisine (Chinese) (see 5.046 Seafood Chop Suey...) / 2.5 / $$

Secret Recipe is an Asian/Western restaurant/bakery chain.  Found in 1997.  Founded in Malaysia.  Currently over 300 branches in 8 countries throughout Asia, including 4 locations in the Philippines.   The Asian side of the menu leans to the SSE, strongly flavored rice/noodle/stir-fry dishes typically associated with Malaysia/Singapore or Indonesia.  On the Western side, a hodgepodge of fish/chicken/lamb dishes, as well as cakes and pies.

These prices, somewhere around 300 pesos per dish, now seem absurdly expensive in light of what I know about the quality of the food.

 Because of TERRP, I would've eaten here anyway, but this plaque--whatever "Malaysia Kitchen for the World" is--totally duped me, even though I usually don't pay attention to such awards; at the very least, I figured that the Malaysian food would be okay; now that I look at it again, 3 out of 5 stars doesn't seem like much of an endorsement.

The food was crap.  I don't want to go into it any further.


  1. You can safely say that based on the visual. I had to taste it.