Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chinese New Year Offerings at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

To celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu introduced its selections of festive offerings featuring delectable spread of buffets, prosperity Yee Sang, Dim Sum buffets and sweet Chinese New Year goodies.

Cakes, cookies and not forgetting, Nian Gao! Way to adhere to old and new traditions!

Welcome the auspicious New Year with Hyatt Regency Kinabalu three delicious varieties of Yee Sang and Chinese New Year treats, available for purchase at Mosaic starting from 22 January 2019.

Executive Sous Chef, Chef Adrian Chong (fourth from right) and his team has crafted exquisite mouth-watering Chinese New Year-themed buffet from 4 February to 6 February 2019 at Tanjung Ria Kitchen, so diners can sit and reconnect with friends and family.

Savour an authentic taste of the New Year with Hyatt Regency Kinabalu 8-course Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at The Residence from 22 January to 19 February 2019 featuring hybrid garoupa with Chef soy sauce, butter prawn or prawn mayonnaise, steam corn-fed chicken and roast duck, and fried rice with dried scallop.




Mayonnaise prawn

For diners who want to enjoy dim sum, Nagisa got it covered with their Chinese New Year Dim Sum Brunch Buffet available from 5 to 6 February 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Now, onto the almost endless choices of luscious dishes at Tanjung Ria Kitchen buffet!


What a gorgeous spread, don't you think? But that's not all! Usher into the New Year with Hyatt Regency Kinabalu annual Lion Dance performance on 6 February 2019 at 8:00 am located at Parking Lot of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

I personally would appreciate when Hyatt Regency Kinabalu actually feature some traditional dish and desserts that usually are hard to prepare at home so let me know your thoughts by leaving comments down below. Until next post, eat lots of Mandarins, drink lots of water and take care!

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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Location | Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact | +6088 - 221 234 or email at
Monday, January 28, 2019

Lunar New Year-themed Traditional Sino-Kadazandusun 5-Course Lunch Sets at D'Place Kinabalu

Looking for something different for your Lunar New Year gathering this year? Why not try local family restaurant for a quick lunch with your friends and family right here at one of the most-known place in Kota Kinabalu to dine-in some traditional Kadazandusun cuisine? Special for this Chinese New Year 2019, D'Place Kinabalu has prepared 5-course lunch sets for group of people that represent us Sabahan; mixture of race, culture and religion in the hope that can bring people together, enjoying the celebration with local traditional food with a twist of Chinese-style cooking. Let's get into it!

First, the ever quintessential dish for Chinese New Year would be the Yee Sang (prosperity toss salad) platter with fresh sliced vegetables, fruits, sauces and instead of fresh-cut fish, hinava; slices of fresh caught fish mixed and marinated with  red onion, ginger, chili, bitter gourd, bambangan seed (type of mango) and lime juice. Yee Sang generally tastes sweet, sour, a little bit nutty and depending on your sauces, it can be a little bit spicy so I'd say the hinava actually blends in pretty nicely. Next course, appetiser!

For appetiser, it's the above 5 different traditional Sino-Kadazandusun dishes arranged in quintuple star that consists of (clockwise) tuhau (pickled wild ginger), tinutuk mangga (young mango salad with anchovies), hinava tongii (sliced marinated fresh mackerel fish), bambangan (pickled wild mango) and deep fried four-colour roll with Thousand Island sauce. Definitely different from the usual star-platter but it's in the continuity of the yee sang that I had prior to this which is nice. I was all over bambangan at this point!


Next, we were served with the Chinese Winter Melon Soup with chicken and red dates. The soup was indeed savoury although a little bit salty to my preference so that's where the hinopot (red bario rice) comes in. The rice was nicely cooked and wrapped in that wide linopot leaves which provide the nice scent to the rice itself. Now, let's go to the main course!

First dish would be the above deep fried boneless chicken with butter sauce which was real nice as it was crunchy and savoury especially with the sprinkled chilli powder on top.

Next would be the above sea fish with bambangan curry paste. If you know me personally then you'd know that I'm not a curry-eating person; not even Malay-style curry with lots of santan but the bambangan in this curry sort of tones down the curry spices a little bit and adds in the zest of bambangan which is surprisingly delicious!

Next is the above Tuhau Oxtail Assam Pedas; the meat is chewy a little bit but it was delicious still although I kind of wish it's a little bit spicier and tone down the Tuhau scent a little bit but that's me and it seems that this dish is quite enjoyable still. 

I, for one usually order steamed mix vegetables cooked with oyster sauce and it's always the same formula; broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and mushroom; all kinds of mushroom but it was the first time I had kodop (Wild Rubber Tree Mushroom) in the above braised mix vegetable dish and I actually liked it! Now, onto the desserts!


Few minutes after we're all done with the main course, we were served with sweet mung bean with sago dessert. The taste was a bit bland with less sweet and coconut milk but I guess it's better that way as we had some local fruits like watermelon, papaya and pineapple right after that.  Those fruits were fresh and tasty!

Dino (Breeze Magazine) and Carl's Evert (GingKaras) with another customer took part in the Magunatip dance (Bamboo dance).

Last but not least, this Manisan Ambuyat (sweet sago) that has taken most of us by huge surprise especially us Bajau and Bruneian! For over 20 years since I've eaten ambuyat the first time in my childhood years, I've always eaten it with dip made from basung fish boiled with turmeric, tamarind, red onions and salt with grilled eggplants on the side hence a savoury dip but never had I ever thought eating it with anything sweet! It was a regular shaved ice with fillings like grass jelly, cendol, steamed corn, evaporated creamer but added with ambuyat and caramelised brown sugar which I needed to stir a little bit longer to actually savour the taste altogether but it's okay as we were having long conversation at the end of our session that night.

Souvenir corner at the restaurant.

I guess that is all about the food that will be available this Lunar New Year starting 4th till 10th February 2019 and there are 2 sets available as options and the above dishes are actually from Package A so check out below for more details!

What do you think of the above menus? Oh, did I mention that the Yee Sang platter is complementary with your lunch set? Awesome, right?

Such a warm yet lively place to come with your friends and family.

That's all of it! I hope you guys find this post helpful in planning your Lunar New Year celebrations and do let me know your thoughts by leaving comments down below and I'll see you guys on my next post! 

Plaza Shell entrance in Lunar New Year mode.

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D'Place Kinabalu
Location | Lot 2.01 - 2.02, 2nd Floor, Plaza Shell, Hap Seng Building, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact | 088 - 277 319 or Ms. Sandra at 016 - 833 2381 (Reservation)
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu Unveils Auspicious Celebrations

With the Lunar New Year is getting near, I bet you guys are busy making plans with your loved ones so why not come to gather this year at Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu for a savoury and auspicious Chinese New Year celebration?

Begin your festivities with Le Méridien's own Latest Recipe's fresh and delightful Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang from 22 January to 19 February. Priced at RM98nett for small, RM128nett for medium and RM168nett for large, the Yee Sang Platter is available for dine it or takeaway. Let's welcome the Lunar New Year with good wishes for fortune, happiness as well as healthy and long life.

Chinese New Year is a time for reunion of friends and families sso what better way to complement these delightful gatherings with an array of sumptuous cuisines. Indulge in Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu's lavish Chinese New Year Buffet offerings this year featuring popular dishes!

Steamed hybrid grouper.

Flossy butter prawn.


Japanese yam roll and kui fei abalone and to-fu with Chinese mushroom and ginger soy. 

Beef ginger.


Fried mussels with cincaluk sauce and Lamb shoulder with black pepper sauce.


Fried fragrant rice with BBQ chicken and anchovies and steamed sticky glutinous rice with chicken.


Steamed and deep-fried mantou.


Chicken herbs broth, braised assorted seafood with seaweed and Szechuan soup.


Chinese pear salad with poached prawns and Chicken and glass noodles with julienned smoked duck breast. 

Jelly fish salad with roasted sesame seed.


Sesame chicken salad with lime chili dressing and poached seafood with Thai sauce.

Noodle salad with sautèed mushrooms and Asian dressing in mini cups.

Chicken and glass noodles with julienned smoked duck breast in mini cups. 


Lantern-shaped cake and cherry blossom cake.

Assorted Chinese New Year cookies.


Chinese New Year Cupcakes and Raspberry Cream puffs.


Lantern-shaped cookies and mini lemon cakes.


Tang Yuan and White fungus with longan.

But I personally think this red-coloured white chocolate fondue has taken the spotlight for the day! I've kept coming back to it!

Below are some sweets and little cakes for you to dip into the fondue!

So what do you think? Call up your friends and family for a joyful gathering this upcoming festive month of February to enjoy all the delights above whether for lunch or dinner buffets  according to below dates:
  • Reunion Dinner Buffet on 4th February 2019 at RM138 nett per adult.
  • Lunar Lunch Buffet on 5th February 2019 at RM108 nett per adult.
  • Auspicious Dinner Buffet on 5th and 6th February 2019 at RM138 nett per adult.
  • Chap Goh Mei Dinner Buffet on 19th February 2019 at RM138 nett per adult.

But that's not all as in conjunction with the lunar celebration, the hotel is pleased to introduce their Oriental Weekend Dinner Buffet from 8th to 24th February (available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday); priced at RM138 nett per adult.

Photo taken from hotel's official website.

For a private and luxurious celebration, Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu also offers four delectable Chinese New Year Set Menus at RM888nett, RM1088nett, RM1288nett and RM1,888nett. Each set menu features a harmonious of 8 or 9 combination of scrumptious dishes with free flow of Chinese Tea.

This bountiful Chinese New Year dishes was exclusively prepared by the hotel's Chinese Chef, Chef Lum Kai Man and his culinary Team. According to Executive Chef Fahdrul Abd Malek, Chef Lum Kai Man has a long culinary spanning over 30 years, specializing in Chinese cuisines. "Chef Lum's approaches on food, taste as well as use of ingredients are creative and innovative. His menu boasts authentic and high quality Chinese culinary experiences," he added.

On that note, Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu will be hosting a Lion Dance Showcase by Yik Nam Lion Dance on the first day of Chinese New Year (5 February 2019) at the hotel lobby at 11.00am followed by Yee Sang Toss with the management of the hotel and hotel guests. See you guys there!

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Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu
Location | Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact | +6088 322 227 or email
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