Airplane Food: Top 5 In-flight Meals
In the Bon Appetit article “Anthony Bourdain Thinks You’re Crazy For Eating Airplane Food“, Anthony Bourdain answers questions about what’s acceptable to eat aboard a flight, which in fact is nothing at all…unless you’re on a long flight and in that case cheese and lots of port (emphasis on lots of port) are acceptable. While you may agree or disagree, in my experience, when the airplane food is prepared and presented well, it can really make the time spent on the airplane much more fun and comfortable. Here are the top 5 meals I’ve enjoyed in-flight during the last year.
- The Traditional Arabic Mezze Plate in Emirates First Class (DFW-DXB and DXB-BKK service): The mezze plate in Emirates “spread of local savoury dishes including houmous with sautéed lamb and pine nuts, shanklish salad, tabouleh, stuffed vine leaves, artichoke and mushroom salad, loubieh bil zeit, aubergine and yoghurt salad, walnut kibbeh and labneh sujuk sambousek”. Paired with a glass of 2002 Dom Perignon champagne, you’re in for a treat; this meal is light, satisfying, and very delicious.
- The Dan Zai Noodle Soup in EVA Airlines Royal Laurel Class (SEA-TPE service): Maybe it’s because I had a cold and pain in my sinuses, but tucking into this bowl of warm soup and noodles at 02:00 hit the spot. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too salty and while filling, it was just the right amount.
- The Signature Fruit and Cheese Plate on Alaska Airlines: Available on most flights over 2 hours, this is a great snack and/or light meal paired with a glass of red wine in First Class or Economy. I’ve sometimes neglected sleep on a red eye flight to enjoy one of these way too often!
- The Hamburger in Cathay Pacific Business Class (HKG-YVR service): What can be better than waking up at an ungodly hour halfway through a 12 hour flight and ordering a hamburger, made to order (takes 20 minutes for it to be served). We’ve had it twice and it tastes pretty fresh, and rivals some we’ve had on the ground (that’s right White Spot…Cathay Pacific makes a better burger than you!).
- The Satays in Malaysian Airlines Business Class (KUL-CMB service): While they’re not grilling the satays over charcoal on a grill in flight, you definitely taste some smokiness on the lamb and beef satays served by Malaysian Airlines. Paired with the peanut sauce and rice and cucumber skewers, it’s a great snack and you may want to double up and skip the other meal.
Do you like airplane food? What have been some of your memorable in-flight meals?