Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Japan Airlines (JAL) served up a very hearty lunch on a midday flight from Guangzhou to Tokyo. Here’s what you can expect on a JAL mid haul flight.
Actually, when it comes to what you can expect, the great thing about JAL is that it posts all its menus online, even for economy class. So check here before your flight to get a very clear idea of what you will be served.
But a menu cannot reveal quality or taste, hence this Meal of the Week feature.
Meal service began shortly after takeoff, and I mean within minutes. Unless you ordered a special meal, every passenger received the same lunch.
I had pre-checked the menu so knew that the main course was beef, but there was no indication on the purple foil covering the hot dish.
The main course was strips of beef in a brown sauce with steamed vegetables and mushrooms. Unfortunately, I’m just not a fan of this type of meat, which tasted fatty and greasy.
On the side were three salads.The first included cold noodles with sliced cabbage, cucumbers, ham, and green onions. The second included a single piece of lettuce with one shrimp, two cucumber slices, and one cherry tomato.
And the final salad (right in the picture above)…well you’ll have to help me on it. At first I thought it was coral mushroom, but it wasn’t. And whatever it was, I did not eat it because the green onions overpowered it. I don’t mind green onions in some dishes, but they are so strong and I don’t like tasting it in my mouth all day.
The dessert was Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a choice of coffee or tea.
At 1,794 miles, about the distance of a flight between Chicago and Los Angeles, it was nice to receive a multi-course meal included in the ticket price. We are well beyond that era in the USA. But I didn’t much care for any portion of this particular meal. So check the menu and bring your own food if warranted…or order a special meal.