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AirAsia Allstars’ Inflight Meals: Read & Salivate!

You’ve learnt how the AirAsia Allstars inspire the inflight meals onboard AirAsia flights. Now find out how these succulent dishes taste like, and see if you can resist trying them for yourself! 

By: Ellyse Ng, Irvin Hanni, Ari Fajar and Abby Yao

Mee Goreng Mamak

  • Price: RM12 (onboard), RM12 (pre-book, comes with 100ml mineral water)
  • Availability: Onboard / pre-book online
  • Per serving: 437kcal energy, 20.5g protein, 49.7g carbo, 17.3g fat

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Flying back to Kuala Lumpur from Perth, I suddenly had a craving for home. As the flight attendants rolled out the pre-booked meals, the smell of home lingered in the air. Ahh… there it was—Kamal’s Mee Goreng Mamak.

     It tasted exactly like the mee mamak back home! The noodles exploded with flavours, with juicy chicken chunks tossed together with fish cakes slices, bean curds, cabbage and eggs. The end product was garnished with tomatoes, chillies and the most important part—the kick—was one good squeeze of calamansi. The meal was truly a winner, a feel of home up above the clouds.

Nasi Padang Uda Ratman

  • Price: RM12 (pre-book, comes with 100ml mineral water)
  • Availability: Pre-book online
  • Per serving: 517.7kcal energy, 21.2g protein, 65.1g carbo, 18.2g total fat

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Albeit a pretty straightforward meal, nasi padang’s combination of side dishes decide its fate. AirAsia’s Nasi Padang Uda Ratman comes with beef rendang, stir-fried cassava leaves, ikan bilis balado, green sambal and prawn crackers. It’s got all the favourites!

     The beef rendang was tender. A true blue Minangkabau (like yours truly) will see it as something in between kalio (“wet rendang”) and rendang (kalio after it gets all dried up) — the perfect balance. Stir-fried cassava leaves, prawn crackers and rendang made a good combo as they balanced each other texture and taste wise. The green sambal was moderately spicy, and went well with the rest of the meal, although the Indonesian in me prefers it spicier. All in all, I’d recommend the Nasi Padang Uda Ratman to anyone who’s looking to taste authentic Indonesian food and to my fellow Indonesians who crave for a taste of home. 

Maan’s Pasta Arrabiata

  • Price: PHP200 (onboard)
  • Availability: Onboard
  • Per serving: 436kcal energy, 12.6g protein, 69.2.6g carbo, 12.7g fat

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I didn’t expect pasta to hold up well 37,000 feet above the ground, but surprisingly, this stayed al dente. This light vegetarian option was spicy and fragrant—just the way arrabbiata should be. Each penne was thoroughly coated with sauce inside and out, and sprinkled with spring onions. Thinking I was just lucky the first time, I tried it again and it was consistent the second time around. This is a great savoury merienda (in-between-meals snack) option.

Junior Cho’s Korean Beef Stew

  • Price: PHP200 (onboard), PHP168 (pre-book)
  • Availability: Onboard / pre-book online
  • Per serving: 454kcal energy, 33.8g protein, 11.9g carbo, 29.5g fat

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Some people say “sweet” and “meat” don’t go together, but obviously they haven’t tried this Korean Beef Stew. It’s sweet, tasty and covered with sesame seeds. It’s also pretty rich, with more fat than I’m accustomed to, but that’s probably why it’s delicious. Try it at AirAsia Cafe when you’re in Manila. I heard you can get kimchi to go perfectly with it.

Chicken Adobo ala Mariles

  • Price: PHP200 (onboard), PHP168 (pre-book)
  • Availability: Onboard / pre-book online
  • Per serving: 571kcal energy, 19.8g protein, 7.2g carbo, 11g fat

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The secret here is binawangang kangkong water spinach cooked in garlic, which makes this chicken adobo a balanced meal. The boneless peppered chicken is well marinated, with enough sauce left over to spread over the very bright white rice. This one’s for travellers who want something filling but not overpowering. It sold out on my last AirAsia Zest flight, so pre-book it if you can.

ML Noi Basil Chicken Rice

  • Price: THB150 (RM15) (onboard), THB120 (RM12) (pre-book)
  • Availability: Onboard / pre-book online
  • Per serving: 239kcal energy, 8.8g protein, 55.3g carbo, 29.1g fat

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Rumour has it, this dish was worthy of the royal family. A Thai staple, this version brings in inspiration from ML Noi, a member of the Thai royal family and a fellow Allstar, who used his royal palate to bring the local cuisine to newer heights, resulting in this irresistible savoury dish. 

     Cubes of chicken are fried together with fragrant basil leaves, making for a juicy and succulent accompaniment to piping hot rice. The flavourful meal’s fragrance wafted across the aircraft as heads turned to stare at me literally inhaling the dish in all its wonderful splendour. I can’t wait for my return flight, so I’ll be able to get a second helping of this quintessentially Thai dish. Meanwhile, I’m going to look for other basil chicken rice alternatives when I land in Bangkok.

     Read the people who inspire these amazing dishes. The stories behind the meals here! 

STOP DROOLING & START ORDERING OUR INFLIGHT FOOD MEALS ONBOARD!
  • Nur

    Look delicious!! Perfect!

    • http://www.airasia.com/travel3sixty Travel 3Sixty

      Thank you! They taste as good as they look, so don’t forget to give them a try in your next flight!

  • Ozlan Zain

    street food such lok lok, chee chong fun, dim sum or etc should served on flight.. It will be awesome!

    • http://www.airasia.com/travel3sixty Travel 3Sixty

      Yes, it would be awesome to have all your favourites onboard! We’re doing what we can to bring the classics to your flight, so stay tuned for more :-)

  • Martin

    Airasia food onboard is the best at a great price.

    • http://www.airasia.com/travel3sixty Travel 3Sixty

      Thank you, Martin! We love our hot meals onboard, too! You can get the best value when you pre-book, so we always remind guests to prepare before hunger strikes inflight. :-)