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Vegetable Manchurian Rice and Samosa with Mint Chutney

Want to combat that bloated feeling when you’re flying high in the sky? For a feel-good guilt-free flight, these no-meat options offer a great alternative to your usual fare. They’re available for a limited time only, so grab them on your next flight!

By Abby Yao

Don’t miss out on veggie specials, only for flights until August 2013! Ask our friendly flight attendants!

Vegetable Manchurian Rice

  • Price: RM15
  • Availability: Available onboard only on all AK flights 
  • Per serving: 515kcal energy, 8.5g protein, 64.3g carbo, 25g fat 
Vegetable-Manchurian-Rice-inflight-food-review-AirAsia-Travel3SixtyAlthough I’m not a vegetarian, going meatless is not unusual for me. Fortunately, it just got easier with this new meal onboard. From the moment I removed the lid and laid my eyes on the hot, piping basmati rice with its array of sides, it was clear that this was different from the usual bland vegetarian meal. The curious stares of (possibly hungry) people around me only heightened the moment.

     You might be wondering what Manchuria has to do with it. It’s a China-by-way-of-India dish, but very clearly from the subcontinent. Instead of meat, the inflight version has chewy vegetable balls covered with a sweet sauce with sesame seeds and a hint of spice—mild enough for people who can’t the heat yet flavourful enough for those who need that extra “oomph!”

     The plantain varuval added variety in terms of flavour; the green peas and strips of pickled vegetable added colour and crunch. I made sure to stir the extra sauce into the rice and finished everything up to the last grain – now that’s what I call finger-licking good (if I had used my fingers). Overall, it’s a pleasant light meal that will give you energy for your journey. 

Samosa with Mint Chutney

  • Price: RM10
  • Availability: Available onboard only on all AK flights 
  • Per serving: 372kcal energy, 6.3g protein, 41.7g carbo, 20g fat
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 Mention food with mint and I’ll most likely skip it, unless it’s chocolate. My previous encounters with mint have made me wary of anything with the herb because of its similarity to toothpaste. But this snack changed all that. 

     Two filling samosas with mint chutney may not sound life-changing, but this was quite a revelation. The samosas are simple—golden brown pyramids in a pastry shell packed with a vegetable filling partly chunky and mushy, delicious bite-sized and definitely not messy.

     The mint chutney was exquisite – smooth, tangy, with a consistency that is neither too runny nor too thick. It’s a good thing there was a generous amount of it, because I literally swept it all clean with my last bite of samosa. Maybe next time I’ll take two servings and make it a meal. 

Don’t miss out on veggie specials, only for flights until August 2013! Ask our friendly flight attendants!