The New AirAsia Menu
In-flight meals have gone through some major ups and downs over the past few years. When I used to fly as a kid, I always thought they were decent enough. When my Dad upgraded us, our meals were fantastic. On my trip to Italy I figured they’d have a way to make pasta palatable, but unfortunately there was no such luck! Even Asiana’s Bibimbap (a simple dish of rice, meat, vegetables, and sauce) was lacking on the flight from New York to Seoul. Last year I flew from Seoul to Bangkok and ordered Green Thai Curry from the AirAsia Menu. It was tiny, overpriced, and on my birthday all I got was a complimentary water. Whoopee! Thankfully, over the past few months the AirAsia Menu has significantly improved. I recently tried 4 entrees (AirAsia Hot Meals) on flights amongst Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, and was happily surprised!
Nasi Dagang with Chicken Curry
AirAsia Menu Says: Rice of all trades! Our Nasi Dagang, specially prepared using our traditional recipe from Terengganu and Kelantan, is served with savoury chicken curry and pickled vegetables.
The Nasi Dagang was my favourite AirAsia Menu item. I wasn’t really sure what to expect having booked these meals months ago. The white rice had some coconut flavour to it and the pickled vegetables kind of tasted like pineapple. While the curry was a bit on the greasy side, the flavours melted together nicely. I appreciated the bit of heat from the seeds in the hot peppers.
Bukhara Chicken Biryani
AirAsia Menu Says: Chicken tender cooked in Bukhara hot and spicy sauce served with aromatic basmati rice with an authentic blend of selected spices exclusively made to give you that tantalizing taste.
This AirAsia Meal was one that I had en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore. The curry flavour in the Biryani was pretty dense and had a hint of spice. The chicken was pretty tender, and not even just for airplane food. The curry wasn’t too greasy. I’m not sure what the red sauce was, but it tasted like some sort of berry compote. It complimented the rich curry flavour quite well by brightening it up!
Kabali Vegetable Biryani (V)
AirAsia Menu Says: Savour the taste of India with our Kabali movie special meal! A delicious combination of biryani rice with rich soy meat curry and spice-braised luffa gourds. Our Vegetable Biryani is an absolute must-try!
Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak
AirAsia Menu Says: A traditional Malaysian favourite fragrant coconut rice served with Pak Nasser’s special chilli sambal and tender chicken rendang, accompanied with traditional condiments of fried anchovies, crunchy groundnuts and half of a hard-boiled egg.
Nasi Lemak is a popular, traditional Malaysian street food dish. Having had amazing Nasi Lemak from a street food vendor my first night and decent enough Nasi Lemak from Trader’s Hotel Kuala Lumpur, this was a big ol’ pass from me. The chicken was fine, the curry sauce was okay, and the rice was…calories. The eggs were pretty spongy and gross. The red sauce tasted fishy and pasty (like glue). I didn’t add the packet of peanuts and dried anchovies. There are way better options. Wait until you reach Kuala Lumpur to try Nasi Lemak!
Special mention: If you’re short on cash or not that hungry, try the mushroom soup. It looks pretty watery at first, but stir it up and you’ll get a nice, thick, creamy soup to tide you over until your next meal.
Other AirAsia Meal Options
Here are the descriptions (from AirAsia’s website) of the AirAsia Meals I have yet to try…
AirAsia Menu Says: Savour this classic, heart-warming Chicken Lasagna. Layers of juicy chicken tomato sauce, cream sauce, pasta and shredded cheese are baked to perfection, with vegetables completing this gratifying meal.
Thai Green Curry with Rice
AirAsia Menu Says: This aromatic Thai Green Curry Chicken infuses authentic Thai spices and ingredients, promising an appetising spread specially when served with fluffy fragrant white rice.
Kung Pao Chicken with Rice
AirAsia Menu Says: This Szechuan-inspired dish features chicken, dried chili, spicy Kung Po sauce, capsicums, red onion and cashew nuts. Served with fragrant white rice, this meal promises a riot of flavours.
Vegetarian Chicken with Pumpkin Rice (V)
AirAsia Menu Says: This tantalizing full vegetarian meal pairs fluffy pumpkin rice with sticky sweet dark honey soy meat alongside capsicum, carrots, broccoli and sesame seeds.
Uncle’s Chin Chicken Rice
AirAsia Menu Says: A Chinese Malaysian favourite of fluffy seasoned rice served with roast chicken and accompanied with Uncle Chin’s special secret chilli, ginger and garlic sauce.
Ashok’s Butter Masala Chicken Biryani
AirAsia Menu Says: A perfect way to add a little spice to your journey! Our take on India’s most popular chicken dish is made with well-marinated and tender grilled chicken, which is then mixed with a unique blend of spices along with fresh sweet tomatoes and butter. To further complement the meal, our Butter Masala Chicken is served with a hearty portion of aromatic and fluffy Pulao Biryani along with creamy vegetable curry. This not only results in a dish that’s bursting with flavour but also a comforting treat to indulge in during your travels.
Kamal’s Mee Goreng Mamak
AirAsia Menu Says: Malaysian Noodle Choice. This Mamak style stir-fried spicy noodles is a delectable mix of Asian noodles, packed with chicken, fish cake slices, bean curd, eggs and cabbage. The meal is garnished with tomatoes and chilli slices for an added taste!
Kid’s Meal (Mac and Cheese + Ribena)
AirAsia Menu Says: An all-time kids’ favourite is here! Classic macaroni with cheese, served with broccoli and tender chicken meat balls in tomato-based sauce. Every Kid’s Meal comes with Ribena.
Vegetable Pasta with Roast Chicken
AirAsia Menu Says: Indulge in our healthy yet scrumptious vegetable pasta. Fusilli pasta tossed with broccoli, brinjal, zucchini, red capsicum, cherry tomatoes, black olives and tender marinated roast chicken breast pieces. It is then lightly seasoned with herbs, garlic, olive oil and a touch of chilli flakes for that complete and balanced meal.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
AirAsia Menu Says: You can never go wrong with the all-time Malaysian favourite. Succulent grilled chicken skewers, peanut sauce, pressed rice and red onion will make your taste buds dance.
AirAsia Menu Says: Assorted Sandwiches come in four fillings – savoury ham & cheese, chuncky eggmayo, tangy tuna mayo and creamy crab-stick mayo. Why settle with one filling when you can have all four? This scrumptious energy-packed snack is perfect for those who are always on the go.
Caesar Chicken Wrap
AirAsia Menu Says: This wholemeal tortilla wrap is served with a juicy and tender grilled chicken breast, coated with home-made Caesar dressing and accompanied by green lettuce, red capsicum, carrot and hard-boiled egg.
Chicken Satay Wrap
AirAsia Menu Says: Wholesome and superbly tasty! Filled with juicy grilled chicken satay and crunchy vegetables, this wrap is served together with its best complement, a spicy peanut sauce to complete the meal.
I’ve always found the service and hospitality from Air Asia to be excellent from a personal regard. As a budget airline, I felt it had many flaws last year. I know it’s budget, but the leg-room situation is atrocious. They could definitely afford to not charge for entertainment. Let’s be real – water should be free on trips over a couple of hours. They have now, at the very least, stepped up their food game. I definitely suggest if you’re taking a trip over a couple of hours pre-book a meal when booking your flight. It’ll save you the headache of a giant cargo flight running out of meals. As always (especially if you pre-book) you’ll have service with a smile from a cabin full of sassy Korean, Thai, or Malaysian Flight Attendants.