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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

JAL's meals from HKG looks AWFUL

JAL April 2009 Economy Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong
JAL April 2009 Economy Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong. Image from Japan Airlines.

Is it just me or it's just the problem of the pictures taken, the June first and business class meals for flights departing from HKG do not look appetite to me AT ALL. The weird part is that the economy meals actually looks decent to me (at least compare to J and F meals). Maybe I am bound to fly in the cheap Y class LOL

First it's Economy class meals, you got the choice of Japanese braised beef with steam rice or Chinese style stir-fried noodles. The braised beef actually looks a bit dry to me and it doesn't look like there are any meat sauce in the don. Maybe since it's Y and I don't expect much from it, or it could be I had had worst on my flight to NRT before (Don't try their katsu don, it looks and tastes absolutely terrible), I would actually be satisfied with this (solely judging from pictures)

Next, it's Business class meals. The Japanese option is Stewed Fried Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce. The chicken in the photo looks worst than those I got from Nijiya (a Japanese grocery store in Los Angeles). They actually look more like deep fried tofu to me LOL. The presentation is horrible and if not because of the quantity, I would have guessed this is a Y meal. I expect a little bit more fancy presentation and food option. For the Western meal, all the sauce and dressing look like plastic to me. The veggie's color (the garnish) could be a bit brighter (and look fresher?). Not sure if it's because it's overcooked. The tenderloin once again looks a bit dry to me. Tough choice here, but I probably would have gone with the Japanese meal.

JAL April 2009 Business Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong.
JAL April 2009 Business Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong. Image from Japan Airlines.

JAL April 2009 Business Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong.
JAL April 2009 Business Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong. Image from Japan Airlines.
Finally, the meal in First class has met my expectation, from presentation to food choice (but unfortunately I am not flying in F any time soon). The only complain is once again the tenderloin looks a bit dry and what's wrong with all those sauces!

JAL April 2009 Forst Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong
JAL April 2009 Forst Class menus for flights departing from Hong Kong. Image from Japan Airlines.
I know it's silly to rate the meal from looking at the pictures alone, but the terrible presentation really turn me off (maybe it's their new scheme to lower the food budget by turning off people's appetite LOL) Good that I am not flying this month or I will be REALLY disappointed. I don't really expect much from meals on ex-HKG flights but this time I will be flying in J for one of my HKG-Japan flights in July and I actually convinced my family to pay extra to fly on JAL. Fingers crossed they will make July meal right or my family will give me a hard time for a while (they are still making fun of me for a not so perfect landing we had 4 years ago on JAL and one of those overhead reading lights unit fell off due to the landing shock) LOL. I really hope it's just the matter of the one taking the photos and not the actual food!

For details of the menus and pictures, refer to JAL Hong Kong website.


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