Woah, at the end of my last blog post, I casually asked for some vegan grub recommendations in SF and Portland, and you guys wasted no time in writing in with a ginormous list of your favorite places! You guys are just brilliant~ I love that I can get guidance and suggestions from all you local vegans– I’m not going to be in either city for very long, but I’m going to try to check out as many as I can. Time, schedule, and budget permitting!
But anyway, I’m gonna backtrack a bit because I ought to blog about my airline food!
On my flight to the US, I took Asiana Airlines. As usual, I pre-ordered the vegan meal. For the first meal service, the main dish was white rice with Japanese-style curry and the sides were some salad and fruit. The curry was just your average Japanese-style curry. Tasty but not all that creative. Even though the label of the tray was marked as “VGML (Non-Dairy),” the bread roll’s ingredients list contained dairy milk, and the butter and dressing also weren’t vegan. I guess they only make sure that the main and side dishes are vegan, but then they just throw in regular packaged stuff to fill up the rest of the tray. Bummer.
For the second meal service, I got something a little more interesting… Roasted eggplant with flavorful rice and tomato sauce. It was actually quite tasty! Perhaps a little on the oily side (there was a pool of oil at the bottom), but that seems to be what most airlines do to add flavor and prevent things from going dry. The side salad was a greek-style chopped cucumber-tomato salad which was pretty good, but non-vegan bread roll was disappointing to see again. :)
Overall, both meals just were satisfying but not very creative or memorable. And they should stop putting dairy-based items on a “VGML (non-dairy)” tray. They ought to just serve vegan bread rolls and butter for everyone… it would make their lives so much easier. :)
Have you ever flown with Asiana Airlines? Did you get a real vegan meal? Feel free to Leave a comment! :)