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.
Duck is a fairly common appetizer in an airplane premium cabin, but it is rare to see it as a main course. In fact, in all my years of flying I’ve had duck as a main course only once. It happened to be on United Airlines and happened to be very tasty.
I’m still somewhat homebound due to pandemic-related shutdowns and my wife recently had a baby. That has left me with primary cooking responsibility, something I now greatly enjoy. As oddly as it sounds, I’m drawing inspiration from airline meals. Tonight’s special: duck.
The inspiration came from a flight from Los Angeles to London in 2017. On the menus:
Char siu duck
Swiss chard with pancetta, sautéed apple
My understanding is that char siu means Chinese-style barbecue. However with the chard, pancetta, and sautéed apple the dish didn’t seem (or taste) very Chinese to me…
That said, I thought it was a very delicious combination and one of the better main courses I have had on United (which may be, sadly, why I have not seen it on the menu in a couple years).
Confession that will turn the stomachs of my dear vegetarian readers: I love the skin. It was crispy and delicious.
Anyway, this is my dinner goal for tonight. Maybe one day I’ll do a cooking program like Ben and Tiffany did…
What is your favorite airline meal to make at home?