Cebu Pacific New in-flight menu
Chicken glazed with buttered salted egg yolk with hints of cayenne, anyone?
My friend Rebecca who’s a frequent flier from Aklan and to any point of the world, always complains about food served onboard. I get what she means, I avoid edibles on flight being a cook myself. I settle for junk and instant noodles rather than to experience another miserable feeling of eating a dish I can’t comprehend. It’s either they are rancid and often times, tasteless. Maybe it’s just me or maybe the altitude made my taste buds go stale.
So, given an invite to Cebu Pacific’s food tasting event, maybe I should give in-flight food a chance.
Wednesday, August 9, the airline company together with Miascor-Gate Gourmet Philippines gave the media a round of their new menu. Led by Chef Mark Javier Ledesma, he demonstrated how they do the Bangus Sisig –bangus belly marinated then dredged in flour then fried till golden brown. Then, the fish will be chopped sisig style then seasoned.
The menu is classified according to the region. The Asian series consists of Beef Chelo Kebab, Salted Egg Glazed Chicken, Chicken Satay with Cashew Nut Sauce and Salted Egg Chicken in Baguette.
Chicken Alfredo Pasta, Baked Dory Tropicale, Chicken Caesar Croissant and Hazelnut Banana Bread make-up the Western Series while the Filipino set comprises of Pancit Ban-I Guisado, Beef Laing, Spicy Bangus Sisig and Beef Tapa Egg Burrito.
Let me enumerate my favorites:
1. Salted Egg Glazed Chicken – we had this joke “Why do we have to coat our chickens with egg when we deep fry the dish to make it crispy? That’s a double whammy!” But in this case, yolks of salted eggs are mixed with butter and cayenne pepper is used to glaze the roasted fowl’s flesh. So, I don’t mind if the egg gets carnivorous.
2. Beef Chelo Kebab – the garlic yogurt sauce, the koodibeh and grilled tomato comprise this dish and it’s for anyone who wants the feel of Arabian Nights in their tongue.
3. Chicken Ceasar Croissant – C’est la vie! For those who prefer a light dish while onboard, this is a balanced meal of protein from Cajun cooked chicken, carbohydrates from the croissant and fiber from the romaine lettuce given a Roman twist of Caesar dressing.
4. Salted Egg Chicken in Baguette – a Vietnamese take with a twist. Subtly marinated chicken with salted egg sauce, instead of the usual bahn-mi dressing. Made tastier with cilantro.
5. Beef Tapa and Egg Burrito – the favorite Filipino breakfast staple made convenient. Wrapped in soft burrito. Anyone can run, walk and lounge while eating this wrap on board made tangy with atchara (vinegar preserved shredded unripe papaya).
All the food in the new menu are Halal-certified dishes with an assurance that the animals were killed ethically according to Islamic laws and rites. The meals are Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCAP) compliant for international food safety.
Aside from the ingredients, allergen information and health facts are also printed on the new labels starting in September. They will also upload on the website the dietary facts for awareness.
Nowadays, more and more people are gearing towards healthy living and everyone starts by changing their food intake. “Actually that’s in the plan. As much as possible we want to cater to the dietary needs of all passengers. We have initial talks already with the Miascor team.” says Ms. Jem Calungcaguin, Cebu Pacific’s Manager for Inflight Sales and Merchandise.
The airline has been having inquiries if they serve strict vegetarian meals and due to the volume, they are now looking forward to develop dishes such as vegetarian curry or basic fresh salads. It’s their move to cater to all passenger needs to offer as many options as they can.
“After this, we will work on the vegetarian options, and also, kiddie meals.” she added.
So I guess, everyone will look forward to the additional and the changes Cebu Pacific is implementing in their cuisine. Maybe, complaints such as “Airline foods aren’t supposed to be delicious” may stop now that Cebu Pacific has put in consideration sense and taste in their food.