Singapore Airlines tends to have some of the best food I have encountered in the air, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that their regional wing, SilkAir, has just announced a new business class menu that they are calling the “All-Time Favourites” menu. While I do not consider myself a foodie by any means, some of the new options sound absolutely incredible!
Although I am a big fan of flying business/first class when I travel, my food tastes tend to trend more towards street food. That is somewhat of a contradiction as business/first class food tends to (try to) be more refined. Unfortunately, I simply do not have the palate for caviar and champagne. That is why I love when airlines introduce meals that are based on local foods. It may not be as good as street food, but it certainly makes me happy to see!
That is why I was excited to see that SilkAir was announcing a new menu for business class passengers departing Singapore on flights longer than three hours that included some local traditional offerings. The All-Time Favourites menu will offer items like:
- Hainanese chicken rice
- Fried Hokkien mee (fried noodles in a dark soy like sauce)
- Fried carrot cake (which sounds absolutely incredible as I love carrot cake)
- Ikan assam (sour and spicy fish stew)
- Roti jala (a crepe like pancake)
- Mee rebus (noodles in a curry like gravy)
- Chicken tikka (chicken marinated in yogurt and spices)
- Mutton masala (lamb cooked in yogurt and spices)
- Fish biryani (fish cooked in yogurt and spices with rice)
- Classic blueberry pancakes
- Roasted salmon filet
- Grilled beef tenderloin
Hainanese chicken rice (a delicious Singaporean staple!)
Although the Western style items do not appeal very much to me, the Oriental dishes all sound incredible. SilkAir has designed this new All-Time Favourties menu to be a reflection of the airline’s multi-cultural Singaporean heritage, while also paying tribute to the nearly 50 destinations SilkAir flies to throughout Asia.
SilkAir has also announced the addition of freshly-squeezed orange juice, hot masala tea and handmade chocolate pralines to their business class service on flights. All of these items can be booked up to 24 hours in advance of your flight via SilkAir or Singapore Airlines’ online systems, which is a system that is similar to what American Airlines offers on their flights.
Overall, I think this really shows why Asian carriers continue to far exceed those of Western carriers. The focus seems to be strongly on actually providing a premium product and experience for their premium cabins – which is a point that U.S. airlines seem to largely miss. In any case, I will definitely be strongly considering flying SilkAir next time I am in Asia to try out some of these new items!
I am always intrigued by new meal offerings on flights as chefs are faced with creating food that is easily prepared in a small galley while still tasting good at altitude. Singapore Airlines (the parent of SilkAir) offers one of my overall favorite menus in the sky, so I have high hopes/expectations for these new SilkAir menu items. Hopefully the new menu items are as tasty as their traditional counterparts on terra firma!
What was your favorite airline meal?
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