A few years ago, there was a website called Airline Meals where users could upload photos of the various foodstuffs they were served on flights. It listed all different airlines, and had both domestic and international flights in all seating classes. It was fun to look at, even if you weren’t traveling! The site gradually faded away as airlines phased out included meals and replaced them with pay snack boxes full of packaged food that is less visually interesting. Thankfully, international flights never phased out their meals. I heard good things about Singapore Airlines, which I recently took to Korea, and looked forward to seeing what the food was like – especially considering I didn’t have a good, recent online reference point to go from.
The photo above is the menu, showing an entirely edible landscape with pasta for tree bark and beans, artichokes and cauliflower as the forest floor. I took it as a good sign.
On the flight out, the food was good but I didn’t have my camera anywhere I could get to it so that I could try to take photos (plus, it was dimly lit so people could sleep). There was a beef stew for the first meal and a steamed fish and veggie dish for the second. The airline offered vegan Indian meal options standard, too. The best part of the first let of the trip from the US to Seoul took almost 13 hours. The food, although good, couldn’t compare with the service on this particular flight, which was exceptional. Juice and water were offered up and down the aisles almost continuously, as were snacks, and the flight attendants were extremely kind and helpful.
I have found that (and this may not be true of business or first classes), the food is usually a bit better when you’re returning to the US than it is when you depart, so I was sure to keep my camera handy for the flight home. The first meal was Korean Chicken with rice, veggies, bread and some sort of curried pasta salad. The chicken was very tender and in a sweet sauce with mushrooms and a few other veggies. It was really tasty and I was glad I only had a small snack in the airport.
Speaking of snacks, the mid-flight snacks were stuffed-bun sandwiches, which is to say that they were soft rolls with either a meat or vegetarian filling. I tasted a curry salad, tuna salad and chicken salad. All were reasonably tasty and made a nice light snack, along with Kettle Chips and some cookies. No photos here, as the lights in the plane had been turned out so people could sleep. The dessert was an individually sized portion of Red Carpet Cheesecake ice cream (a.k.a. strawberry cheesecake) that had bits of both fruit and real cheesecake in it!
The last meal I had on the airline was breakfast, as the flight landed right around noon. There was a scrambled egg option, but I went for the kimchi fried rice. It didn’t have a stong kimchi flavor, but was still tasty and reminded me of some of the food I ate in Seoul. It was served with laver (seaweed), which the rice could be wrapped in, fresh fruit, bread and some strawberry yogurt. Not the most exciting dish to look at, but I would certainly eat it again.
Overall, I would say that the food was very good and the service – especially on the flight out to Seoul – was excellent and I had a great experience with Singapore. I’m glad I could share a little of the food. The next time I fly, I’ll be sure to keep my camera handy!