Always the people’s airline, AirAsia ups the game by celebrating its own staff – the AirAsia Allstars. We looked further into the airline who loves its people so much that the airline’s inflight meals are dedicated and named after them! We exchanged our pens for forks and spoons as we take a look at the Allstars that inspire the dynamic inflight meal menu.
By: Ari Vanuaranu, Irvin Hanni, Abby Yao & Ellyse Ng
NASI PADANG UDA RATMAN
Nasi Padang is a national obsession in Indonesia, so it came to no surprise when Indonesia AirAsia had to pick its own signature meal and Nasi Padang was chosen unanimously. The local favourite is named after Soeratman Doerachman, the beloved advisor to the CEO, and a true Allstar at heart. Just like Nasi Padang, Soeratman Doerachman (also known as Uda Ratman) is loved by everyone, and embodies everything and anything the AirAsia brand represents – fun, challenging, exciting and refreshing. Since its launch five years ago, Nasi Padang Uda Ratman has been a hit among guests who’ve flown with Indonesia AirAsia, with around 2,000 meals sold per month.
The next time you fly with Indonesia AirAsia (flight code QZ), don’t forget to pre-book your Nasi Padang Uda Ratman so that you can have a taste of one of Indonesia’s most favourite meals, recommended by our own Uda Ratman!
KAMAL’S MEE GORENG MAMAK
When the famous AirAsia’s Mee Goreng Mamak was launched in December, thus bringing mamak culture 30,000 feet up in the air, it was a sensational hit! The local Malaysian dish was definitely a favourite amongst guests, but what they do not see are the many rounds of trial, tests and consumption by a team of mee goreng connoisseurs. Within the group of testers was Kamaleswaran, part of the AirAsia Regional Network & Regulatory Affairs and an avid mee goreng fan. With his spot-on taste advice and his immense love for the dish, it’s no wonder why the dish was finally named Kamal’s Mee Goreng Mamak. The winning recipe was based on the famous Bangkok Lane mee goreng mamak, considered to be one of the best in the country.
Watch Kamal and his love for Mee Goreng Mamak here:
CHICKEN ADOBO ALA MARILES
As an iconic Filipino dish, adobo is a popular choice amongst Pinoy guests and was the first hot meal to be offered by Philippines’ AirAsia when it was based in Clark. Chicken Adobo ala Mariles is named after Maan’s executive assistant Mariles, who is well-known amongst Allstars for her unique way of managing everyone who wants to get hold of the CEO. The inflight meal has been around since Philippines’ AirAsia began its operations at its former Clark hub. In its latest incarnation, Chicken Adobo ala Mariles is now served with binagoongang kangkong (water spinach in fermented shrimp paste).
MAAN’S PASTA ARRABIATA
Originally offered as a hot meal in paper bowls at the airport food and beverage counter AirAsia Café, it has become a popular favourite amongst guests flying with AirAsia Zest. No other than Philippines’ AirAsia CEO Maan Hontiveros, who is a vegetarian, is the namesake of Maan’s Pasta Arrabiata, the first vegetarian meal onboard the new airline. Just like Maan, the dish is a delicious blend of different cultures with its very own unique combination of spices – fun and exciting!
JUNIOR CHO’S KOREAN BEEF STEW
Another popular dish once originated from AirAsia Café, AirAsia Zest’s latest edition draws inspiration from Philippines’ AirAsia CEO Maan’s consultant Junior Cho for his Korean heritage. Created with guests from Incheon (Seoul) and K-Pop enthusiasts in mind, it comes with optional kimchi when ordered from AirAsia Café.
JOY OF DESSERTS
The dessert collection is called the Joy of Desserts in honour of the sweet tooth Atty. Joy Caneba, AirAsia Zest’s COO, for the positive aura she exudes and advice she gives AirAsia Zest staff when they get stressed. Now that’s sweet!
ML NOI BASIL FRIED WITH CHICKEN ON RICE
Basil Chicken Rice may be a common food in Thailand, but the one served onboard Thailand AirAsia flights (flight code FD) is perfectly crafted and cooked with quality ingredients. The wonderful local dish was spruced up by none other than ML Bovornovadep Devakula, also known as ML Noi. Part of the royal Devakula family in Thailand, the Director of Business Development in Thailand AirAsia brought with him knowledge of the immaculate dishes cooked in the royal palace — perfect in taste, quality and decoration, and added all that to this extremely popular dish onboard all Thailand AirAsia flights.
Intrigued by the Allstars and the meals dedicated to them? Find out how these amazing meals taste with our Allstars Meal Reviews here!