While price and time immensely influence one’s choice of airlines, I believe in-flight meals offered can also be taken into consideration when booking. In-flight meals do not only enhance air travel experience but it also adds a pleasant activity to pass the time. Philippine Airlines recognize this as well. Thus, they ensured that meals served on board are food which best represents the Philippines to the world.
Philippine Airlines recently let us try some of their items from the MNL-LAX route business class menu with their flight attendants serving the meals.
Philippine Airlines Inflight Meals
They started serving us a choice of their refreshing drinks, mango smoothie, Mabuhay punch, and orange juice. I had their Mabuhay punch which is basically their version of iced tea. Indeed, a lemon slice is added to the drink but it is actually sweet and fruity in taste just like how we Filipinos want it.
Canapés aren’t included in the business class menu but are served prior to the appetizers. They use only the best ingredients from fresh shrimps to chorizo from Alba restaurant.
Only the Best
Philippine Airlines regularly invite well-known culinary personalities to create meals that delight the palate and warm the heart.
For MNL-LAX route business class appetizers to the mains, Chef Fernando Aracama thoughtfully crafted it. One of the dessert choices, on the other hand, was created by Chef Miko Aspiras.
Fiddlehead fern is combined with salad greens, vegetables, and smoked duck slices and then drizzled with coco nectar and calamansi dressing. The pako lacks crisp for me but the combination of everything in taste is superb.
It is shrimp and vegetable consommé with squash blossoms. According to Chef Aracama, this was influenced by Visayan cooking. A simple broth is placed with ingredients grown from vegetables in the backyard. Leftover fish is then added as a seasoning. However, for this one, shrimp is used.
This is what I had as my main meal.
BEEF IN SPICY HONEY TAMARIND BARBECUE SAUCE
Grilled beef short ribs in sweet and spicy, tamarind-infused barbecue sauce served with pickled cauliflower, bok choy, and fried rice. I found the beef chunky and juicy. Don’t mind the spicy word as the slathered barbecue sauce slathered is sweet and has a slight tartness. The pickled cauliflower and bok choy offer a piquant taste that temper the rich sweetness. It goes well the soy infused rice.
Those who drink wine may find the meal more enjoyable by pairing it with red wine. One can choose from Rawsons Retreat 2015, Chateau Haut Sociondo 2014, and Chateau Haut Rozier 2014.
Other mains you can try out are the following:
CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOM IN BLACK CREAM TRUFFLE SAUCE
Baked chicken with shallot-mushroom filling in cream sauce with black truffles served with vegetables and buttered orzo pasta.
COCO CREAM PRAWNS IN FRESH TURMERIC SAUCE
Stewed prawns in coconut milk with fresh turmeric served with sautéed kailan and crab rice.
PORK ADOBO SA PULA
Visayan stewed pork in vinegar and annatto oil served with cabbage-wrapped “kulawo” – grilled eggplant in toasted coco cream, green mango salsa, and steamed mountain rice.
YOGURT CHEESECAKE WITH CRÈME ANGLAISE AND MILK CRUMBLE
In a nutshell, as described by Chef Miko Aspiras, “It is a rich, creamy but lighter textured custard cheesecake set on a lightly salted crackered crust. It is topped with a milky crumble that adds a dimension of texture. Finally, it is made more decadent with a velvety vanilla cream sauce.”
CARMEN’S BEST SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM
Carmen’s Best is my favorite ice cream of all time. Ice cream flavors you can choose from are Salted Caramel, Cashew Brittle, and Tsokolate Eh!
Blue Peppato, Dried Mango Chèvre, and Gouda with dried apricots, almonds, and crackers.
Sky Boutique Duty Free
Those who always buy from Sky Boutique Duty Free or those who forgot to buy pasalubong can now purchase proudly Philippine products.
- STOOKIE COOKIE STICKS – It is a fun twist to the classic cookies and is available in Mango Cashew and Kalamansi Almond flavors.
- CEBU BEST MANGO CHOCOLATE – Dried mango strips are dipped in premium dark chocolate.
- SHORTS GOURMET MANILA – It is shortbread with a twist.
- PINKY GOODIES BUTTERSCOTCH BAR WITH CASHEW NUTS – Their butterscotch bar is slightly sweet and chewy to the core.
- OH SO HEALTHY! FRUIT CRISPS – Crunchy, crispy, dried mixed fruit crisps made without oil or frying.
- PILI & PINO CRANBERRY NUT GRANOLA IN COCONUT NECTAR – It is a granola that combines the tangy sweetness of cranberries, rich flavors of cashew nuts, oats and seeds and natural coconut nectar.
Thank you, Philippine Airlines, for letting us try your inflight meals. It reminded us that Philippine food is world class.
And, to you, our dear reader/s, if you are wondering why the dishes look good, this is to reiterate that the dishes served are for business class. The tableware, as well as the presentation, is exactly the same as how it is served on board. Do let us know your thoughts on these dishes once you’ve tried it.