Up In the Air

1 Feb

My recent trip to Hawaii had me spending a lot of time in airports and on airplanes, which meant a lot of airport and airline meals. Luckily, I was on a Japanese carrier (ANA), so my meals looked like this:

Teriyaki chicken on rice, potato salad, and chilled noodles

It’s not quite the same as lobster on the salad cart, but it beats the mystery-meat-and-boxed-mashed-potatoes that you’re liable to get on an American carrier. Interestingly, ANA prints menus that show the calories in each meal. They’re actually not bad, about the same as a Lean Cuisine; I’m pretty sure that doesn’t include the potato salad that seemed to be the side of choice.

Some of the menu choices were more … unusual.

A "fusion" breakfast. Note the apple wedge cut to look like a bunny.

This was the breakfast on the Tokyo-to-Singapore flight. The miso soup was the first thing that threw me: sure, it’s part of a traditional Japanese breakfast, but one with rice. Then I bit into the pancake, which turned out to be filled with chicken curry. It was like a Southeast Asian version of a McGriddle. Maybe they were aiming for roti prata (as roti canai is called in Singapore), but they could only find fluffy Western-style pancakes?

In any case, it was nice to be able to have some decent meals, even in steerage economy class. Now a question to the readers: what’s the best (or worst) airline meal you’ve encountered?

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