Gearing up for Chinese New Year : Hyatt Regency Kinabalu unveils its decoration, alluring CNY buffet, Prosperity Yee Sang Platter and Peking Duck

Written by @joehairie & @Lan
(Photos by and Daryl Thong)


“The Best Tradition Are the Ones That Bring Families Together.’-Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Stepping into the Lobby of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu was indeed an excitement as we saw some newly installed Chinese New Year decorations here and there. In less than 30 days we saw two sets of decorations, the previous was during Christmas month, the second being the current decorations for Chinese New Year. That many pink plum blossoms kind of implicating the meaning of courage and hope as in Chinese belief with regard to Chinese New year celebration. We’re here to see what Hyatt Regency Kinabalu through its dedicated teams from many departments, is planning for the coming Chinese New Year. Apart from that said decorations, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu unveils its alluring Chinese New Year buffet, Prosperity Yee Sang Platter and Peking Duck.

The Decoration

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The decoration in the atrium area is indeed full of elements of Chinese New Year tradition. The lanterns are bright enough during the evening and during day time the natural light from the opening on that gigantic glass roof top enhance its bright red color. For those who are not familiar with Chinese New Year tradition and for our non-Chinese international readers, the red color is an auspicious one for the Chinese (globally) and stands for life and prosperity. Thus it is used in Chinese New Year celebration. During festivals, most of the decorations is usually in red color. 


The plum blossom of Sakura Tree is another major symbol for the Chinese New Year celebration. Though it’s artificial here at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, it still manage to remind guests of the meaning of plum blossoms use, they stand for courage and hope. The plum blossoms burst forth at the end of winter on seemingly lifeless branches. In Chinese art, plum blossoms are associated with the entire winter season and not just the New Year. Red color is being the obvious color of every decoration during Chinese New year, it is an auspicious one and stands for life and prosperity. During festivals, most of the decorations around Chinese homes is usually in red color.


According to Ervina Masduki, the Public Relations for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, the decorations were put together by the hotel’s creative team in a duration of 7 days using recyclable items thus eliminating unnecessary waste that will eventually harm the environment. Hyatt Regency Kinabalu have been executing their noble effort for the betterment of the environment since Christmas season 2016. Hyatt Regency Kinabalu General Manager, Thor Gervasi said that this is one continuous effort and will be carried out as one of the Hotel social responsibility towards maintaining the green environment. Simply put, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu ‘goes green’ and we both are pleased to know that.


Chinese New Year Buffet

27 January 2017 to 29 January 2017


Media representatives were invited to see and taste for themselves the alluring dishes that will be highlighted during Chinese New Year buffet from 27 January 2016 to 29 January 2016. Apart from the normal dishes during buffets at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, during Chinese New Year the buffet will include chef’s signature dishes namely fish maw crab meat soup, prawn mayonnaise and braised sea cucumber with broccoli, spicy salt and pepper soft shell crab. All these will be featured during that specific buffet spread, in the famous Tanjung Ria Kitchen, which is Halal Certified.


Chinese New Year Buffet (27-29 January 2017)

Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner
MYR 168.00 nett per adult
MYR 84.00 nett per child

Chinese New Year’s Lunch
MYR 120.00 nett per adult
MYR 60.00 nett per child

Chinese New Year’s Dinner
MYR 145.00 nett per adult
MYR 72.50 nett per child

(Child: 6-12 years old)

Prosperity Yee Sang Platter and Peking Duck

Available from 16 January 2017 to 11 February 2017


As we bid farewell to the year of the monkey and welcome the auspicious year of the fire rooster, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is inviting you and your families together and usher in the new year with happiness and prosperity. The hotel is lining up delightful feats and toss of Yee Sang for people to enjoy perfect family time. One may toss the Yee Sang with family members for blessings at the exciting show kitchen restaurant, Tanjung Ria Kitchen.

Media representatives were invited to toss the Yee Sang together with some of the Hotel executives.  The Prosperity Toss or Lo Hey started with explanation from David Lim, giving clear briefing about the Yee Sang’s  ingredients/elements. Soon after the briefing and final touch of the Yee Sang, invited guest and the hotel’s personnel did the Lo Hey  followed by sampling the colorful and tasty Yee Sang. It is indeed one great experience for the two of us!


Planning to do the Lo Hey with your family members?

Come to Tanjung Ria Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu and choose from three delicious variations of Yee Sang and Lo Hey for abundant luck and happiness in the year ahead.

Yee Sang                Medium                                    Large 

Tuna                      MYR 98.00 nett                   MYR 138.00 nett

Salmon                 MYR 138.00 nett                 MYR 198.00 nett

Abalone                MYR 288.00 nett                MYR 388.00 nett

*Price is for 1 platter
*Medium (4-6 person)
*Large (10 person)

One may also opt to indulge Chef Khen’s classic crispy Peking Duck, roasted to perfection and served with Chinese pancakes of your choice, egg or Wantan Skin, sliced cucumber, leek and hoisin sauce for a mouthwatering main course. No meat will be left to waste as you can have the remaining duck meat returned to the kitchen and one of the chefs will cook a special dish for you a la minute.

Price: MYR 120 nett per bird

Place your order fro Yee Sang or Peking Duck at least one day in advance for dine-in at Tanjung Ria or two days prior for takeaway.

For reservations or more information, do call Tanjung Ria Kitchen +60 88 221 234

Pineapple Tart

Specially made in conjunction with Chinese New Year 2017


When we walked into the Tanjung Ria Kitchen, we saw some Pineapple Tarts being inside long containers and since we are big fans of Pineapple Tart we suddenly had the urge to try it. We later found out that the same Pineapple Tart will be served in Chinese New Year dishes showcase for the media representatives.


The Pineapple Tarts definitely looks good and we became so curious about its texture and taste. The next thing we did was of course tasting it and it’s definitely the best Pineapple Tart that we have ever consumed! The texture, soft and since it’s fresh from oven, the fragrance of baked Pineapple Tarts were all over the place! It’s amazingly crispy and melted easily in our mouth without having to chew many times. The filling, not the usual hard pineapple jam but soft, not that sweet and not bitter. Ervina Masduki told us that the price for 1 set of Pineapple Tart is only MYR28.00 nett. For the high quality in its taste we say the price should have been more higher.


We decided that it is a must to have at least 1 of that nice oblong container with Pineapple Tarts inside it! We got ours, get some for yourself while it’s still there at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. For that MYR 28.00 price, it’s reasonable given that the tarts are of high quality. It’s also a great Chinese New Year gift for your friends and family members.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong
88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel : + 60 88 221 234
Fax: + 60 88 225 972
Email: kinabalu.regency@hyatt,com
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“Hyatt Regency Kinabalu has been awarded the 2016 certificate of excellence for superior service by TripAdvisor”

About Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, a 288-room hotel, is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s business, shopping and entertainment hub, overlooking the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the South China Sea.   Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers newly renovated guestrooms, exceptional service, modern comforts, and a dazzling choice of local and international cuisine.   Reservations for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu can be made by calling +60 88221234 or visiting