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The Best In-Flight Meals From Around The World

The Flight Side
Writer
Izzat Haziq
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These scrumptious spreads will tickle your tastebuds up in the air, giving new definition to in-flight dining experience.

Airline companies often try to step up their game by bringing the best culinary experiences 35,000 feet above sea level. Here are some of the best airline foods to please your palates when you’re up in the skies.

Emirates
Photo: www.emirates.com
Photo: www.emirates.com

When you fly with one of the most elite airlines in the world, then be sure to expect meals that are worthy contenders of Michelin-starred restaurants. A seven-course meal awaits you for those flying first class. The menu consists of canapés of confit duck with curried pineapple, poached prawn and guacamole tartlets, and parmesan and truffle arancini - served alongside a comprehensive selection of luxurious wines and cocktails you could ever dream of.

Although without the bells and whistles of the first class meals, the economy range boasts of the same impressive fare. You can start off with slices of smoked tuna served with marinated vegetable salad, followed by charcoal grilled lamb brochette with cinnamon scented sauce, and sticky date pudding, cheese, biscuits, and chocolates to fill any stomach space you might have left.

Air France
Photo: wwws.airfrance.my
Photo: wwws.airfrance.my

Considering the nation’s esteemed status in the culinary world, it should come as no surprise that the airline is dedicated to bringing only the best dining experience for its passengers. Those who are travelling via Air France La Première (First Class) can get ready to tuck into scrumptious meals such as fillet of quail with foie gras, salmon and ricotta tortellini, and turbot in wine sauce.

The a la carte selection for economy passengers is not so bad itself. One dish that we’d recommend is the pan-fried scallops in a citrus fruit sauce. If you’re hankering for something light, then take your pick from the assortment of light cheeses, meats, and chocolates to accompany you during the flight. Don’t forget to check out the mouthwatering caramel eclairs or trio of pistachio, raspberry, and lemon macarons too!

Singapore Airlines
Photo: www.singaporeair.com
Photo: www.singaporeair.com

The Southeast Asia flight operator is known for their ‘Book The Cook’ service, where travellers can select gourmet main courses from a premium selection of dishes at least 24 hours before departure. The airlines have a formidable team of world-renowned chefs on their culinary panels that bring global influences as well as ethnic flavours into the menu. The first class menu includes lobster thermidor and sirloin steak to tickle your tastebuds.

Meanwhile, the economy class has a changing menu of 50+ combinations that includes vegetarian meals, low-fat options, post-weaning and baby meals for children, and many more. Do make room for appetizers like potato salad with baby shrimp and entrées such as wok-fried chicken and bamboo shoots in sesame oil that showcase the rich heritage of the region.

Cathay Pacific
Photo: www.cathaypacific.com
Photo: www.cathaypacific.com

Hong Kong’s flag carrier promises a culinary adventure for those who are in the premium seat. First class passengers can look forward to dishes that are carefully prepared and selected by Cathay’s food culinary team. Sample one of the many Hong Kong signature dishes available on the menu such as slow cooked pork with preserved Hakka mustard greens, wok-fried chicken with black bean or Hong Kong- style curry prawns.

Not in the mood for an oriental spread? The menu also offers western favourites including prime Angus beef striploin with béarnaise sauce and caviar courses to satisfy your appetite. If you’ve booked the economy seat, do have a go at the Hong Kong-style Curry Chicken, which is served with fragrant jasmine rice and salad. Did we mention that you can also request for treats like Häagen-Dazs ice cream selections on-demand during flights? Sweet!

AirAsia
Photo: www.airasia.com
Photo: www.airasia.com

If you happen to fly on AirAsia, don’t miss out on the chance to try the famous Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak, available exclusively with this airline. Just imagine the aromatic coconut rice, served with piping hot chilli sambal together with a side of delicious chicken rendang and finally topped off with crunchy groundnuts and half of a hard-boiled egg - all the necessary ingredients that make up for a deceivingly simple yet hearty and mouthwatering meal.

You can pre-book this meal, along with other favourites such as Bukhara Chicken Biryani, Uncle Chin's Chicken Rice, Kung Pao Chicken with Rice and other scrumptious spreads available on AirAsia’s inflight menu. Of course, there’s also a wide range of snacks and beverages that you can choose from during your flight, in case you’re still hungry for more.

These scrumptious dishes prove that there is more to in-flight meals than just boring, prepackaged food. With that being said, let’s hope that other airlines will follow suit in serving delectable dishes that add-on to the excitement of flying for airline passengers.

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