Airline food: Yay or nay?

There are people who simply abhor airline food, while there are some who, oddly enough, are excited by it. I can understand both sides. Airline food is hardly ever something to write about, although on certain airlines, the meals served onboard are among the highlights of the flight.

In my experience, most of the time airline meals are nothing special. I think the most memorable ones were the wasabi peanut that they served on business class on Singapore Airlines and the green tea ice cream.

PAL airline meal

This meal from PAL is another one for the nothing special group. I *think* that’s the chicken meal. Doesn’t look appetizing, huh? It’s not. The highlight of this meal was the mediocre Rocky Road bar, and the small slice of Gouda.

Airline meal

This breakfast on the otherhand, is even lower on the scale. The bun on the left is pretty much the same roll they served for dinner. The croissant is certainly not fresh; it’s hard and very greasy. Since I’m not much of an ensymada fan, I didn’t touch the Red Ribbon packet, though I now wish that I did. The best part of this breakfast? The yoghurt and the strawberry jam.

Next time you fly with Philippine Airlines, lookout for the condiment packets.

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Corny and cheesy, but admit it, you laughed :P

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 10 Comments
  1. Ferdz says:

    I haven’t tried long haul at PAL yet, but yeah I agree on some airlines, their food are just “So-so”

  2. estan says:

    back a couple of years ago, while spending a whole week from Bangkok to Singapore, laki na lang pasasalamat ko when PAL served Pinoy food sa flight! Really, that was the time I felt airline food was great!

  3. PinoyAko says:

    The best part of this breakfast? The yoghurt and the strawberry jam.

    Pinoy? You just love what’s not pinoy.

    Pinoy? That’s what we are.. keep on insulting our own and indulging in what the foreigns consider trash.

    I really envy Singaporeans, Japs and Koreans way of patriotism.

    and hate Pinoys way of self-levitation.

  4. Khursten says:

    Hmm… yeah. Bad food happens in airlines all the while. If you saw the episode of Hot Chef wherein they made airline food, you’ll know that making the yummiest airline food is always a hit or miss. And not just for PAL but for all airlines.

    I don’t think that was the scenario with this one. -_-;; Bad food IS bad food. If you had a choice between a dry and gummy adobo over a tender and juicy pot roast, you would choose the latter right? It just so happened that the author rode in a PAL flight that unfortunately served her a bad meal. Is that bad? It was her experience and not her way of trying to diss Filipino flight food altogether.

    As for patriotism among others… I cannot say you gave the best examples of patriots. I think you haven’t met enough people to know that in a population, there are always people who just doesn’t feel who they nationally are. I’m not saying the author is as such, but don’t generalize that some nations are patriotic because you saw how Japan has kept their traditions, how Koreans wore red shirts on World Cup, and how Singaporeans blab about how they do things in Singapore, they are already patriotic. One televised national event does not represent all.

    As much as this entry also means that one experience does not necessarily count for all experiences for the author.

  5. kaoko says:

    Sorry to butt in, but I don’t think it’s an issue of being unpatriotic, rather an issue of bad airline food. It was simply her saying that the best parts of the breakfast was the prepackaged part—the kind that can be refrigerated with no chance of going bad. It’s not an issue of where it was made—hey, when you think about it, that croissant has French roots and she dissed it too.

    It’s unfortunate that you find her post unpatriotic but really, it’s making a hasty conclusion from an innocent observation.

  6. nina says:

    What exactly are you trying to say PinoyAko? That I’m a typical Pinoy because I like foreign food more? That I’m unpatriotic for liking jam and yoghurt?

    As Khursten pointed out, airline food is mostly a hit and miss affair. It is just unfortunate that the meals served in this particular flight was a big miss. But you know what? The meal I had on the flight back was a bit hit. I was dissing the poor quality of the food served; not the Filipinos who were serving the meals. The meal itself wasn’t exactly Filipino fare either.

    I’m not really a big jam and yoghurt fan. For me to like the jam and the yoghurt served meant that the other food served were that bad. Passing over the ensaymada is just a matter of preference; as I said before, I just don’t like ensaymada. It’s too sweet.

  7. @PinoyAko: oh yeah, right — we should take patriotism lessons from someone who calls japanese individuals by the derogatory racist term “japs”. get a lesson in political correctness before you get on your goddamn nationalistic high horse. idiot.

  8. jamezu says:

    i really really really enjoy airline food, i am one of those who look forward to the food that will be served. n_n

  9. […] Somehow though, I seemed to have offended someone’s sensibilities when I wrote about Airline food. Seriously. After that comment, I started having these huge cravings for croissant. Nothing beats […]

  10. ilovecheapcalls says:

    nina, ur right. it really is a hit and miss. Most of the times (my experience) – its a miss. :)

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