Hyatt welcomes the Lunar New Year


The Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations not only in China but around the world. Hyatt Regency Saipan will be joining the fun in welcoming the Year of the Rat at the Kili Café & Terrace with visiting chefs from Grand Hyatt Shenyang: Chefs Jason Zhuang and Gary Zhu.

Shenyang, located in the northern part of China, is a favorite culinary destination that is big on seafood and the dishes that will be served at the Kili Café & Terrace will be inspired by the ingredients, taste and presentation from that region.

“What Chef Zhu and I did was to prepare famous Shenyang dishes using local ingredients. It was a challenge but we find that the ingredients available locally added more flavor and freshness into every dish,” said Zhung.

“We are happy to be in beautiful Saipan and cannot wait to serve the dishes we prepared in welcoming the new year. May the dishes bring good luck and good health to everyone,” said Zhu.

Guests will begin with some of the delicious appetizers: spicy beef cubes and okra with seafood. One may mistake the spicy beef cubes covered in red herbs and spices as a kind of red velvet pastry but its taste, flavor, and creative presentation will win your heart. The okra with seafood will wake up your appetite, leaving you wanting for more.

The Peking duck—a staple at any big Chinese celebration—will be one of the main dishes. Hyatt slow-roasted the meat and baked it to retain the crispy skin and the tender duck meat. Enjoy this dish two ways: wrap the shredded duck meat and skin, cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce in Chinese pancake or just gorge on the skin and meat, using hoisin sauce. Whichever way, you will experience many levels of rich flavors.

The fried parrot fish smothered in crisp garlic will definitely be one of your favorites. This dish may appear quite plain but it brings out the good qualities of local parrot fish. Paired with bits of garlic, prepare to have this with extra rice.

The wok-fried scallops with asparagus has so many textures to count it is obviously meant to “wow.”

Other dishes that will be available are the fried dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, crisp shrimp and delicious desserts such as pomelo mango sago in coconut milk and the red bean fried dumplings.

The Chinese New Year spread at the Hyatt started last Wednesday and it will go on until Sunday brunch. It is a first for Hyatt to celebrate this occasion both at lunch and dinner.

Today, enjoy Chinese New Year prelude for lunch and dinner. Lunch is only $29 per person, dinner is only $45 and Club at the Hyatt members are welcome. Have dinner on the first day of the year according to the Chinese calendar for only $65 and $45 for Club at the Hyatt members. Sunday brunch will also be celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year for only $55 per person.

Bea Cabrera
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.

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