Friday, August 2, 2019

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu | Forty Wonderful Years of Hospitality, Excellence and Care

General Manager Thor Gervasi with some of the longest-serving employees of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

What an amazing event I have personally attended yesterday as Hyatt Regency Kinabalu celebrated its 40th anniversary on 1st August 2019, commemorating four decades of milestone achievements. The property was officially opened as Kinabalu International Hotel by then Deputy Prime Minister YAB Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad on 11 May 1977.

Centrally located just four miles from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), it is the first five-star international hotel in Sabah to offer business travellers and tourists first-class accommodation. In July 1979, Kinabalu International Hotel entered into an agreement with Hyatt Hotel Management Ltd (Hyatt), a company incorporated in Hong Kong, to manage the hotel which is now known as Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.


Read all about their history at the Lobby.

Over the past 40 years, the hotel has undergone a number of upgrading works to ensure that the best quality of services and facilities are provided to their guests. The works among others included the refurbishments of the 288 spacious guestrooms, Tanjung Ria Kitchen and Terrace, Avantang Spa & Gym, The Residence and many more.

The 40th anniversary event was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister and State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah, YB Datuk Christina Liew. The auspicious event was also attended by Yang Berbahagia Datuk Haji Pangeran Saifuddin Pangeran Tahir, Managing Director of SEDCO Group and Yang Berbahagia Datuk Gordon Leong, Chairman of Kinabalu International Hotel Sdn Bhd.

The main highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of extensive new mural paintings.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu collaborated with several talented local artists to create momentous murals showcasing the distinct culture and ethnicity of Sabah. The murals were also part of Hyatt's initiatives to promote Kota Kinabalu in the tourism industry, as the city is continually visited by tourists from all over the world.

During the unveiling, 15 of Hyatt's longest-serving employees pulled the curtains to reveal the 165-foot-long mural on the property walls. As the employees drew down the curtains, master of ceremonies Ben Uzair recounted highlights from their career journeys, some spanning more than 34 years with the hotel, for a combined total of 546 years of experience among them.

To celebrate this milestone, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is offering a series of special offers throughout the month of August 2019. This includes 40% discount for every 40th guest dining in at Tanjung Ria Kitchen for buffet lunch or dinner and RM40 nett for all-time favourite signature dish, Oxtail Assam Pedas.

"In Hyatt, we prioritise the family value among one another, as we believe that having a strong bond among the employees will make the working environment become better. With the opportunities and great people we have, I believe tomorrow will continue to go from strength to strength," said General Manager Thor Gervasi.

The 40th anniversary celebration is not only meant to commemorate  four decades of the hotel's milestone achievements, it is to honour the dedication and commitment of its employees, past and present.

Sabahan bloggers at the mural paintings; from left: yours truly, Mia ( and Linda Calista (

Overall, the event was so much memorable as I get to know I believe merely a tip of the iceberg of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu's history through what have been revealed yesterday. Here's to more great years ahead.

I guess that's all of it! I'll see you guys on my next post!

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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Location | Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact | +6088 - 221 234 or email at
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

U.S. Fries Fiesta Debuts in Kota Kinabalu

The Potatoes USA has kicked off its U.S. Fries Fiesta campaign in Kota Kinabalu from 15 June to 15 July 2019.

Potatoes USA is here!  Photo credit to: Radzie Rahman

According to Potatoes USA’s country rep, Eddie Saw, “We are bringing the U.S. Fries Fiesta for the first time to Kota Kinabalu this year as there are many creative and fantastic chefs there that have managed to combine the quality imported products like U.S. fries together with the wide range of local ingredients from Sabah to produce exciting dishes for the locals and tourists.

Potatoes USA’s country rep, Eddie Saw. Photo credit to: Radzie Rahman

“A promotion such as this will help to bring out another side to the culinary range that Kota Kinabalu has to offer. We’d like to highlight to the growing pool of food enthusiasts in East and West Malaysia, especially lovers of fries, that there are great food & beverage outlets that they should try,” said Eddie.

Participating Outlet Representatives with YB Wong Hong Jun, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sabah (third from left) and Representative from the US Department of Agriculture (middle). Photo credit to: Radzie Rahman

Altogether, 9 outlets are participating in the U.S Fries Fiesta campaign, all serving up unique and tantalizing dishes using U.S. fries varieties.


US Lattice Cut with Tomato Salsa Canape and US Lattice Cut with Creamy Ham and Cheese Canape by I Degree Restaurant & Cafe

Arguably an unprecedented campaign dedicated to fries, the campaign is two-pronged in objectives. First, it’s to stimulate excitement amongst the trade to be as creative as they can with creating various culinary presentations with U.S. fries, exciting their customers, especially frozen potato lovers.


Chicken & Waffles with US Straight Cut Fries and Loaded US Tater Tots by The Chub's Grill

The public, in turn who visit and dine at these participating restaurants have a unique opportunity to relish different U.S. fries served with a scrumptious repertoire of dishes. U.S. fries promise many advantages including better flavour, taste and texture and distinctly enhanced the dishes – making them out of the ordinary fries fare they are used to.


US Potato Bomb and US Potato Bone Marrow by Zinox Bar & Grill

Malaysians love their fries and know how to appreciate good fries. Malaysia is one of the 6th largest export markets for U.S. frozen potatoes in Asia. “The U.S. Fries Fiesta will showcase various exciting dishes made with U.S. fries. One of the highlights of this Fiesta is that it provides an opportunity for the public to acquaint themselves to the different U.S. fry varieties. Many of these outlets are offering new cuts of U.S. fries for the first time.


US Skin-On Waffles Fries with Caramelized Onions & Cheese Mushroom Ragu and US Skin-On Waffles Fries Trio Burger Sliders by The Next Block Restaurant

“We want to create the ultimate gastronomic satisfaction for Malaysian consumers and provide them the opportunity to savour the “best fries served with tasty dishes” via the U.S. Fries Fiesta in Kota Kinabalu,” said Eddie.


US Lattice Cut with Smoked Beef  & Salted Egg Sauce and Curry US Skin-On Flat Chips with Bambangan Dip by Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

There will also be a Facebook contest where the public can win dining vouchers on a weekly basis with a grand prize of an Ipad at the end of contest. All they need to do is to order one US Fries Fiesta dish from one of the participating outlets and post a creative caption and photo of the U.S Potatoes dish with #MYPotatoesUSA


Baked Cheese Meatballs with US Sidewinder Fries and US Crinkle Cut with Bolognese by High Street Cafe

Some of the reasons why U.S. produces the best fries are the ideal growing temperatures, rich soil, state-of-the-art processing facilities and generations of expertise. U.S. potatoes destined for processing must contain high “solids” and low sugar content, which are important characteristics for achieving a finished product with desirable appearance, taste and texture.


Beef Burger Chili Con Carne Gravy with US Sidewinder Fries and Paratha Wrap with US Lattice Cut by Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu.

U.S. potato growers offer processors high-quality potatoes from a plentiful year-round supply. The U.S. industry standards are demanding and must meet all Food and Drug Administration and USDA specifications, enabling U.S. processors to create top-quality and safe frozen potato products.


Sausage Lollipop with US Potato and US Skin-On Flat Chips Munchies by ZING Restaurant & Bar.

Potatoes are not just good to eat, but good for health. It is a perfect food for all ages and cultures, a weaning food for babies, a great accompaniment and ingredient in all types of cuisine be it baked, roasted, braised, pan fried or mashed.


US Skin-On Flat Chips Nachos and Beef Taco with US Curly Fries by Lucy's Kitchen.

With just 110 calories, one medium skin-on potato provides 45% of your daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana.
  • It provides fiber and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Potatoes have absolutely no fat and are sodium-free, gluten-free and cholesterol-free. 
  • Potatoes have 60 phytochemicals with antioxidant properties which helps protect cells from free radical damage and prevents cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and certain cancers.

So, yes! Be prepared to enjoy U.S fries and burgers like never before so I guess that's all from me and I'll see you guys next time!

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MY Potatoes USA 
Contact | Kent Low or Eddie Saw at 03 - 8070 7216
Facebook | MY Potatoes USA 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

“Jom Makan” with Hilton Hotels in Malaysia Makes A Comeback

It's the third day of Ramadan for us here in Malaysia so I wish to all of you my readers Ramadhan Kareem. May we all give our hardest in our ibadah in this holy month and gain His Grace and Mercy. On Monday, I had an invitation to Hilton Kota Kinabalu to buka puasa with guests and fellow blogger and media friends.

In the month of Ramadan this year, Hilton Hotels in Malaysia invites guests to dine with Jom Makan at Hilton - a special celebration of food and culture inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing. Bringing back last year’s successful “Jom Makan” theme, Hilton hotels in Malaysia encourages guests to dine together as the sun sets while relishing the companionship of many.

As Malaysians, we are brought together by the diverse and unique flavours of our food. Hence the theme “Jom Makan”, a local lingo that is affectionately embraced by all Malaysians. It is a joyful merriment of good food, get-togethers and a time to celebrate with loved ones.


Passionate kitchen members at live stations.

This year throughout the fasting month, Hilton Kota Kinabalu will be highlighting a widespread of all-time favorite Malaysian cuisine. With over 150 authentic dishes served, diners are definitely spoilt for choice. Each Hilton property will portray a unique theme that showcases the very best of Malaysia’s spice trails.

A meal at Urban Kitchen for Ramadan is a delicious ode to the good ol’ kampung days. With their “Balik Kampung” theme, featuring an assortment of local traditional dishes, our talented chefs will serve up a homely feast with action stalls serving grilled items (locally known as bakar-bakar) with choices of sambal and condiments for a ‘makan’ journey like no other.

Now, let's go to the food galore! I'm going to show you guys the highlight dishes for this year's Ramadan buffet. 


Ayam Masak Madu (Honeyed Chicken) and Oxtail Asam Pedas (Spicy Oxtail Stew)


Kari Kepala Ikan (Fish Head Curry) and Nasi Briyani (Briyani Rice)

Roast Beef

Roast Chicken

Roast Lamb

Warung Bakar-Bakar


           Fishes and Seafood


Variety of sauces available for your dipping sessions!


Of course, chicken and beef satay!


It'll be incomplete without some beef serunding and nasi himpit!


Beef rendang and chicken serunding!

Lemang also available.

So those are what you'll be having nearby the lobby area and now let's go to the the array of choices available for you in the Urban Kitchen

Western Aisle


Ayam golek and beef in soya sauce.


Ayam gulai and Szechuan Lamb.


Squid cooked in chili paste and creamy butter prawn.


Fish in spicy coconut gravy and steamed tofu with minced chicken.


Wok-fried mixed vegetables with mushroom and stir-fried long bean with prawn paste.

Noodle Station

Lots of options to choose from for your noodles!


There's a Luk-luk station nearby and pappadom which marks the beginning of...

Indian Aisle 


There are Chapati, Tosai and paratha available for you to request for the kitchen members to prepare for you and that's Aloo Jeera; potatoes with Indian spices.


Vegetable curry and fried cabbage with mustard seed and curry leaves.


Khumb palak (mushroom in spinach gravy) and more vegetable curry. 

Warung 'Goreng-Goreng'


Vegetable pakoras and fried wings.


Deep fried fish and prawns.


Fried chicken with herbs and fried prawn with spices.

Traditional corner

It's May and as we're approaching the harvest festival, why not have traditional food as well?


Kolupis and hinompuka.


Hinava and local vegetables.


Tuhau and bambangan.


Ayam bambangan and


Ikan asam pedas and Pinasakan (to be served with ambuyat)

Warung Bubur


Variety of sauces to go with blanched or raw vegetables.


kerabu daging and kerabu mangga.


Kerabu bilis and kerabu kacang panjang


Kerabu ayam and kerabu hati buya.

Dessert Aisle

Variety of desserts available at the buffet; from cookies to traditional kuehs; you can find all of it in here.

Red dates and cookies in the red jar!

Mango puddings, panna cotta and coconut pudding!

Swiss roll cakes and mini cakes!

Traditional kuehs.

Not forgetting, shaved ice!

Of course, need to balance your meal with some fruits!

Buka Puasa Buffet Dinner from 5th May – 4th June 2019, from 5.30pm to 10.30pm. The price for adult is RM158 Nett or RM 120 Nett (early bird voucher) and as for child is RM79 Nett (ages 6-11 years only).

Ready to pose with your friends and fam bam for Raya greeting cards!

Overall, the food was amazing! I love all scrumptious dishes available for the Ramadan buffet this year especially the Warung Bakar-bakar and not forgetting the super delicious traditional kuehs. You gotta love the nostalgic feeling of eating those sweet treats with your grandparents as if you're back in kampung during Raya.

I guess that's all from me! I'll see you guys next time! Selamat berbuka puasa!

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Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Location | Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact | +6088 356 000 or email
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