Culinary Bonanza: In-Flight World Class Halal Meal

By webadmin on 11:34 am Nov 23, 2012
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Ellyna Tjohnardi

The rise of low-cost carriers within the past decade has its boons and banes. On the bright side, more people can afford to travel by plane, but on the downside, the public have grown alienated with the concept of a proper, satiating and palatable on-board meal. To the majority, on-board meal is at most mediocre, or something merely to keep oneself occupied throughout the boring flight.

Emirates Airlines, nevertheless, is serious when it comes to serving airline food. It is committed to serve 100 percent Halal certified meal consistently on all flights and routes to various destinations all over the globe. Emirates Airlines clearly sees the move to create a lasting and impressionable customer experience, entertainment and cuisine.

I was recently invited to Emirates’s newest campaign about airplane catering. Entitled “Hello Tomorrow,” the event was attended by its Indonesia country manager Mohammed Al-Naharo, food product manager for Asia and Australasia Bernard F. Brevot and Indonesia sales manager Ilonka Leiwakabessy.

Among some interesting facts presented, here are ones that you will find useful:

- All food served on Emirates are Halal certified.

- Complimentary alcoholic beverages are served for all passengers in all classes (except for Saudi-bound flights).

- You can order a cake (on advanced notice) to celebrate your special occasion 30,000 feet above ground, free of charge.

- Air crews will serve families traveling with young children first.

- Passengers can choose from up to 23 special meals ranging from diabetic meal, gluten-intolerant meal, Kosher meal, post-weaning meal, bland meal and other interesting special meals.

- Menu rotation occurs every four months. So what’s being served in January, will appear again in May and September. The entire menu itself is changed annually.

- In its 20th year in Indonesia, Emirates will begin operating its third daily flight between Jakarta and Dubai on March 2, 2013.

After the kitchen tour at Aero Catering Services office at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport compound, I was seated at a designated table to sample first class meal on Emirates, sans the low air pressure, dry air and occasional turbulence.

Dinner on-board of Emirates Airlines looks like this:

- Complimentary bread basket (choice of garlic bread or plain buns)

- Appetizer: Choice of either chicken salad or smoked salmon and prawn.

- Seasonal Salad

- A choice of three for the main course: Chicken breast Mousakhan, beef empal balado or dory fillet with tomato basil sauce.

- Dessert: Fruit tartlets, rich chocolate cake, tiramisu, fresh cut fruits and chocolate thins.

- Cheese Platter: A selection of quarters of blue cheese, camembert, mozzarella, fetah, fruit cheese.

For the main course, I had the dory fillet but was tempted try the chicken breast Mousakhan, a classic Middle Eastern recipe served with sauteed broccoli and tomato basmati rice.

Personal dessert favorite would be the camembert and fruit cheese for their soft texture and rich flavors.

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