WHY are airplane vegetarian meals so bland? They think, because we don’t eat meat, we don’t need any sauce to spice things up?
I decided to vent by doing a blog post before going to late-night(afternoon in the UK time, so ideal timing, in a way..) work-mode. Fingers crossed.
I’ve been booking vegetarian meal options when going on a long-distance airplane since 2008. The pro of doing this is that you get your meal before everyone else. Ha!
The downside is that I am yet to have an entirely satisfactory result regarding two things: 1. taste and 2. portion size. They either consist of the blandest treatment of whole-foods or there isn’t enough stuff to eat in general (or both!). Last time on Korean Air was alright when I ordered fruit meals. I throughly enjoyed it- all fruit was fresh and tasty. The problem was that there just wasn’t enough of those tiny little slices of fruits to munch on. I gobbled up everything before they even started serving others their omni meals and ended up being VERY hungry at “sleep time” I stopped a stewardess and expressed my hunger, which must have won her sympathy big time, because she not only gave me 3 packets of salted peanuts, but served me a bibimbap meal and suggested that I just scoop away the minced beef. For breakfast, the same thing happened and I had finished the whole fruit meal well before the usual trolley came by, when I asked if I could have a bread. The steward did present me a loaf, and kindly gave me another plate of vegetarian breakfast which was actually very nice. I ended up eating about 3 times more than others. Oink!
This time, I was on board Asiana, the second largest airline in Korea, and chose the vegan option (“entirely vegetarian(완전채식)”, as they called it) and was a bit disappointed to get a piece of cheese. I don’t mind too much though, it’s only the real vegans who are sensitive to what is animal-based and what isn’t, and I myself wasn’t that entirely strict anyway (to the extent that I actually had the cheese). They served two portions of salad with one packet of vinaigrette, one fruit dish, some salsa-like sauce with vegetables and rice with a piece of broccoli and carrots on the left. The bread roll had to be eaten by itself because the margarine spread was runny and pretty disgusting looking. I don’t like fake-butter anyway, so that was easily neglected. There were a couple of crackers and a piece of cheddar cheese which were quite enjoyable.
Brunch, the vegan version was served – the same salad, bread combi and a main dish of 2 samosas, 4 hash browns, a tomato slice and a few mushrooms. Ian helped out by lending me his hot pepper paste, so I had some sort of flavoured dip to rely on. The whole thing was quite bland but the samosas were quite tasty despite their sogginess.
I wonder if I would ever find a good airline that serves excellent vegan meals?
I’ve come home to serve myself (unfortunately, my parents were out) some nice rice with grains mixed in, with miso-spinach soup and some vegan banchans(side-dishes), all from the fridge! Home sweet home :)
When Dad came home he brought lots of fruit- grapes, nectarines and Korean yellow melons from the store to make sure I won’t go hungry! Aren’t I spoilt in my little home?
Ok, back to work nowwwww…