velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Malaysia Airlines


MH satay

What: Meals in Business Class on Malaysia Airlines

Where: Flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

Note: Malaysia Airlines (MH) has won many awards for its service and meals in Business Class. On a recent trip, the airline was kind to upgrade me to a spacious seat on the upper deck and it was a treat! The meal service kicked off with MH’s signature dish: satay. Satay is a classic Malaysian dish and consists of grilled chicken or beef on a skewer. It’s then served with a spicy peanut sauce and, among others, pieces of cucumber and onion on the side. It’s often difficult to replicate a classic dish and serve it 40,000 feet in the air in a pressurised cabin, but Malaysia Airlines’ satay is the real thing. The chicken and beef were tender, the typical smoky flavour of satay was unmistakable and the peanut sauce (though a tad too creamy for my taste) was delicious.

Somewhere above the Caspian Sea, I woke up feeling peckish. The lovely stewardess offered to make me a bowl of noodles and ten minutes later, she came back with a large steaming-hot bowl of noodles in a chicken broth, packed with prawns, fish balls, vegetables and chicken strips. Cathay Pacific serves a divine bowl of wonton noodles in Business Class but Malaysia Airlines certainly proved it’s right up there in my ‘best airline noodles in the world’ list! I ordered a glass of Viognier to go with the noodles and the experience was simply superb! 🙂

The excellent bowl of noodles on board Malaysia Airlines

Breakfast was another highlight. There were three choices and I went for the steak – I figured it’s not every day that I get to have a steak for breakfast! The juicy steak was served medium with wild mushrooms and poached tomatoes. I was very impressed with the quality of the ingredients and the way they managed to retain the flavours and aromas 11 hours into the flight, 40,000 feet in the air.

My breakfast steak!

The 12-hour flight was over in a flash but the excellent culinary highlights on board were absolutely memorable.

About Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines is the national airline of Malaysia and flies to destinations in six continents from its home base in Kuala Lumpur.

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9 Responses to “velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Malaysia Airlines”

  1. Yum!! Though sadly this makes the almost inedible food on my recent Aerosvit flight look all the worse…

  2. velvet 24/03/2011 1:21 pm

    Hmmm… I’ve flown with KLM Biz Class many times and I must say, I have to disagree with you. On the more than 60+ airlines I’ve flown with so far, Malaysia Airlines, Thai, Cathay, Qantas and Singapore Airlines serve excellent food in Business Class (in my book anyway).


  3. Baby Sumo 24/03/2011 12:49 pm

    I flew First Class once with Malaysia Airlines from London to KL, and I have to agree with you that their satay is very good. However, I had steak for one of my meals and it was quite tough and difficult to chew on.

    Flew Business Class on KLM once and I have to say their food quality is much better.

  4. jipp 20/08/2010 5:19 pm

    whoaa. NEver took a MAS Business Class before. Good hospitality, good food. Should consider taking one some day. 😉

  5. Rob 19/08/2010 8:49 am

    this article makes my mouth water… Ionce flew Malaysian Airlines, excellent service!
    Take some Satay to Holland Keith, Please? Or at least someMalaysian Manjas?Mangos?

  6. LeslieTravel 17/08/2010 12:03 am

    Those dishes look unbelievably good. I’ve never seen that quality on American Airlines!

  7. A Lil Fat Monkey 16/08/2010 4:49 am

    One day, one day I’d fly away on long haul business. Til then, I’d just drive to kajang for my satay fix.

  8. ciki 16/08/2010 4:43 am

    hehe.. nice leh.. i find the satay so filling it spoils my lunch/dina! .. btw, they served us codfish on the trip to nawlins 😛

  9. eiling 16/08/2010 2:31 am

    Thanks for the post. Am supposed to fly to AMS next month on MAS biz class and wasn’t sure of the experience and I was thinking to take SQ instead.

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