Monday, February 27, 2012

The joy of dining at the Hyatt Regency in Kota Kinabalu

The Hyatt Regency in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia is centrally located with a mesmerizing view of the bay and islands. It is the perfect location for exploring Sabah and, after visiting Mari Mari Cultural Village, the Nature Center at the Shangri-la, and a beach-day on the islands, enjoy dining at the one of the Hyatt’s excellent restaurants. The options are endless.

Tanjung Ria Café offer all-day dining with an international menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy interactive food preparation as the chefs expertly prepare some of the dishes á la minute at the live cooking stations. On weekends the culinary team creates special themed dinners for the buffet offering a wide choice of gastronomic delights. A must-have at Tanjung Ria Café is Hyatt Regency Kinabalu’s signature dish, the Oxtail Assam Pedas. The recipe is a closely guarded secret.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu hotel’s elegant and comfortable Chinese Kinabalu restaurant features classic Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghai favorites, as well as innovative and delicious dim sum. During weekends and public holidays, The Chinese Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu hotel opens early for a leisurely buffet brunch offering an abundant selection of dim sum delicacies. Try their Wok-fried XO Fortune Prawns. Nagisa, the Kota Kinabalu restaurant, is styled after a Japanese winter cottage, and delivers authentic Japanese cuisine on its extensive á la carte menu. Nagisa is the only Japanese restaurant in an international five-star hotel chain in the city, making this Kinabalu restaurant the ideal venue to entertain important guests and visitors. The dark wood panels and narrow passages open to a large restaurant with separate spacious dining areas, including a sushi counter, two teppanyaki tables, a tatami room and two additional private dining rooms. On the first Sunday of every month, indulge in an all-you-can-eat menu of delicious Japanese dishes. A bottomless glass of champagne is on offer during the Bubbly Sunday Brunch promotion.

Guests can also enjoy a coffee, tea, and snacks at the Mosaic, a sidewalk level dining area. Or, chose from a yummy selection of cakes, pastries, pies and other local delicacies at their Delicatessen to enjoy at tea time for after dinner. Evening means fun at Shenanigan’s, a traditional Irish pub with international live entertainment, specialty cocktails, and snacks.
One of the specialties during the New Year at the Hyatt Chinese Restaurant is Yee Sang. Yee Sang is one of those fun recipes that always turns out right. It is popular during Chinese New Year with people in Malaysia and Singapore because the names mean “abundance” and “liveliness,” both of which are auspicious for the coming year.

Making Yee Sang
Collect the following ingredients but, truthfully, one can pick the items that they best like. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, double up on what you have or substitute.
7 oz fresh salmon, tuna or any white fish of your choice
3 oz shredded carrots
3 oz shredded cucumbers
3 oz pickled white ginger
3 oz pickled red ginger
6 oz sliced radish or daikon
3 oz sliced pickled leek
3 oz shredded pickled papaya
10oz pomelo or grapefruit sections
1 oz pickled shallots
2 oz ground peanuts
2oz sesame seeds
3 oz jellyfish
2 oz dried shredded lime
1 oz green seaweed
2 oz of yam crisps in red color
2 oz of yam crisps in green color
2 oz of yam crisps in yellow colour
3 oz of “Pok Chui” or flour crisps. *substitute with fried wanton skins
For the dressing:
Freshly-squeezed juice of 1 lime
5 oz plum sauce
1 teaspoon onion oil
Dash of five spice powder
Dash of pepper
Pinch of salt

Slice fishes and season with a little salt and lime juice. Arrange all the ingredients into sections on a large serving platter. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and chopped peanuts over the dish. Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together and keep in separate container until just before serving. Just before dining, pour dressing over the salad, and everyone at the table simultaneously uses their chopsticks to toss the salad while making wishes and toasting for the New Year. Enjoy and Happy New Year. Great fun and great eating. For more informationa check

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