Hyatt Regency Saipan will be joining the Filipino community when it celebrates the 121st Independence Day of the Philippines this month.
On Wednesday, June 12, Kili Café & Terrace will host the 5th Hyatt Mabuhay Night dinner buffet from 6:30pm to 9pm. For only $60 per person and $40 for Club at the Hyatt members, guests will be treated to an array of Filipino food favorites.
“The atmosphere will be like a huge fiesta…because the dishes that we will serve are a staple in Filipino celebrations,” said Hyatt chef Zen Tomokane.
He said the Hyatt culinary team has five Filipino chefs.
He credits chef Pio Pilapil for coming up with the dishes that will be served on Mabuhay Night, including kare-kare (oxtail beef stew), laing sugpo (taro leaves and prawns cooked in coconut milk), lechon liempo (grilled pork belly), and bulalo (beef shank soup), to name a few.
“Also my specialty, pork sisig will be cooked Pampanga-style (a province in Luzon, Philippines where the dish originated) marinated in lemon with a mix of chicken liver,” he added.
Other Filipino favorites will be served. For appetizers, there will be atcharang papaya (pickled green papaya), fresh lumpia, seafood kilawin, and more.
There will also be regional flavors like rellenong pusit (stuffed squid), pancit palabok, Marianas catch of the day escabeche, classic dinuguang baboy accompanied with putong puti, pakbet (seasonal vegetables with shrimp paste), skewers-pork, chicken, and corn.
Expect to see freshly-made cassava cake, leche flan, banana turon, maja blanca, brazo de Mercedes roulade, and more.
The Filipino dessert halo-halo, which the late chef Anthony Bourdain calls mix-mix, is part of the dessert list.
Filipino cultural songs and dances will be performed by the Saipan Dance and Music Company at the Hyatt lobby and at the Kili Café & Terrace outlet.
The Filipino buffet dinner includes free-flowing beer, iced tea, and red and white wines.
For more information and reservations, call (670) 234-1234 Ext. 26.