Archive for the 'Airplane Food' Category

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China Eastern Airlines

The Astronomer and I caught an early flight on China Eastern Airlines to Xi’an this morning, continuing on the delicious road to Beijing.

The food on board was similar in composition to meals we’ve enjoyed prior on Cathay Pacific and United, but the quality was much poorer. My main course, noodles with ground pork, was lukewarm and oily. I ate a couple bites and passed it on to my flying companion along with the roll. The package labeled “shalom” contained some sort of vegetable matter, but it was much too early in the morning to experiment with vacuum sealed vegetation. The apple chips, which were seedless and peel-less, were the highlight of my mile-high breakfast.

The Astronomer’s chicken and rice wasn’t any better. “It was bland, but wasn’t disgusting,” said The Astronomer. “It’s not like I was afraid it was going to make me sick.” And there you have it.

Cebu Pacific

I usually begin and end a series of travel posts by sharing what I ate on the flight. However, on my recent trip to the Philippines, there was no airplane food to speak of. Not even a measly bag of peanuts. Cebu Pacific is an uber budget airline where luxuries like snacks, blankets and pillows must be purchased on board. Lame for blogging, but good for the wallet because the flight was ridiculously cheap.

Purchasing a bargain flight also meant flying out at an odd hour. We left Saigon at 2 AM. Here’s a funny picture that Nina took of Cathy, The Astronomer and me (left to right) passing out on the benches of the new international wing before take off.

Lot’s of posts on awesome Pinoy food in the days to come. I miss lechon already.

Cathay Pacific

After several days of superb eating in Hong Kong (with the exception of Bo Innovation), The Astronomer and I packed up our bags and flew back to Saigon on a painfully early flight. While the onboard meals on our departure flight were excellent, the ones on our return weren’t nearly as exciting.

My high fiber meal, which I specifically requested during check-in, consisted of a whole-wheat roll, fruit, scrambled eggs, home fries, a roasted tomato, turkey sausage and a cup of orange juice. The fruit was exceptionally fresh, while everything else was unremarkable. However, I will admit that the sausage was a real treat because it’s been ages since I’ve tucked into one of those greasy monsters.

The funny thing about high fiber meals is that they’re always served with margarine and Splenda. Just because I like fiber doesn’t mean I like fake sugar and butter, you know what I mean?

The Astronomer had a choice between porridge and noodles for his breakfast; he chose noodles. I didn’t nab a bite because the noodles looked gluey and unappetizing, but according to the Astronomer, they weren’t terrible.

Cathay Pacific

I have a sick fascination with airplane food.

Even though I was heading to Hong Kong, a veritable cornucopia of food, I was eagerly anticipating the on-board meal. As someone who prides herself on never wasting space on unworthy food, I’m a bit embarrassed by my enthusiasm for mile-high cuisine.

As the squeaky cart rolled my way, I awoke from my nap, adjusted my seat upward, pulled down my tray and waited for the steward to ask the magic question: pork or fish? “Fish!” I peppily declared. The Astronomer chose pork with dramatically less pep.

Fish proved to be a great choice. The hunks of flaky white fish were smothered in a classic Chinese sweet, gingery and spicy sauce. The ordinary white rice paired with the savory fish and the steamed bok choy made me feel like I was already in China. The carrots looked a bit iffy, so I passed them onto The Astronomer. Aren’t I muy generosa?

Sides included a warm roll with a pat of salted butter from New Zealand and a shrimp, lettuce and cucumber salad. The roll was excellent, while the salad was pretty, but boring (see: Mischa Barton). The first dessert, tiny pearls of tapioca topped with bland squares of JELLO, was mildly interesting. But the second dessert, a mini Kit Kat bar, was far tastier.

The Astronomer’s main was a slab of pig topped with scallions and a single chili. The chop sat on a bed of shrimp and saffron rice along with chunks of squash and some broccoli. My space was too precious to try the pork, but according to The Astronomer, it tasted much better than it looked. The rice and veggies weren’t bad. Like all saffron-infused dishes, the rice’s appearance shined brighter than its actual flavor. The Astronomer’s other side dishes were identical to mine.

We arrived in Hong Kong fueled and ready to pound the pavement in search of the best eats in town. If you thought Bangkok was impressive, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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