7.313 Braised Pork Balls

7.313

13 (Sun) November 2016

Braised Pork Balls

2.25

by Thai Airways

on Flight TG 620

-Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean-

with MK (sort of)

At the airport, I encountered this magnificent temptation … and yet, in retrospect, I can’t imagine what stopped me from giving in, even if just for a bite.

Mission to India, Day 8 (see previously 7.312 Nalli Roganjosh).

In transit, on my way home from New Delhi, through Bangkok, to Manila on the redeye.  Attended the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — the most important tobacco meeting in the world, held every other year, last time in Moscow (COP6) (see most recently 5.285 Red Mullet Fillets …) — Monday thru Saturday.

With the pollution, the currency, the (US) election, the food, the location : what an experience — and that’s not even counting the conference itself

At the business lounge in Indira Gandhi International Airport …
Illustrating my point yet again …
… that Indian food, for the most part = “thickish/creamyish curry gravies, orangish in color (or intensely green, if spinach-based), with softish beans/lentils/cauliflower/potatoes/tomatoes/carrots/cheese, hints of heat, accompanied by fluffy rice and/or charred flatbreads.”

Confirming my first impressions on the way in, the food services on the return flights were far from impressive.   Unimaginative.  Blah.   And again, “poorly prepared and sloppily presented.”  Shameful, coming from the national carrier of a country renowned both for cuisine and service.

Marinated Salmon Salad (2.0)
Eral Pepper Masala (2.5) : “prawn with black pepper and South Indian spices” + Hari Moong Dal Pulao (2.0) : “green lentil and coconut steamed rice” + Madras Tarka Bean (2.5) : “bean cooked with coconut and curry leaves” = “thickish/creamyish curry gravies, orangish in color (or intensely green, if spinach-based), with softish beans/lentils/cauliflower/potatoes/tomatoes/carrots/cheese, hints of heat, accompanied by fluffy rice and/or charred flatbreads.”

BEST IN CLASS – an on-going ranking of dining experiences on business class flights

  1. Qatar Airlines — MNL > DOH > DME (5.279 Assorted Hot Mezzah); DME > DOH > MNL ( (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  2. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines — GVA > AMS > ICN (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  3. Asiana Airlines — MNL > ICN (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…); ICN > MNL (6.048 Ssambap); MNL > ICN (6.305 Chicken Congee); ICN > MNL (6.321 Ssambap)
  4. Singapore Airlines — MNL > SIN > BNE (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta); BNE > SIN > MNL (6.243 Ggongchi Kimchi Jjigae)
  5. Korean Air — ICN > NAD (5.175 Prestigious Repast); MNL > ICN (6.021 Bibimbap); MNL > ICN > NAD (6.101 Coconut Carrot Cream Soup); NAD > ICN > MNL (6.111 Asparagus Cream Soup); ICN > NAD (6.314 Bibimbap); NAD > ICN (6.319 Seared Seafood…); MNL > ICN > JFK (7.032 Manhattan); JFK > ICN (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet); ICN > MNL (7.041 Gom Tang)
  6. Etihad Airways — MNL > AUH > AMM (6.154 Shakshouka); AMM > AUH > MNL (6.160 Zaalou-Crusted Chicken Breast)
  7. Thai Airways — MNL > BKK > DEL (7.306 Fried Black Cod …); DEL > BKK > MNL (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  8. Philippine Airlines — MNL > MEL (5.335 Chicken Tausi)
  9. Deutsche Lufthansa — ICN > MUC > GVA (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  10. Cathay Pacific Airways — HKG > MNL (5.182 Har Gao)
  11. Fiji Airways — NAD > HKG (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

AMM = Amman / AMS = Amsterdam / AUH = Abu Dhabi / BKK = Bangkok / BNE = Brisbane / DEL = New Delhi / DOH = Doha / DME (Domodedovo) = Moscow / GVA = Geneva / HKG = Hong Kong / ICN = Incheon / JFK (John F Kennedy) = New York / MEL = Melbourne / MUC = Munich / NAD = Nadi / SIN = Singapore

The only consistently good part about business class, both the bubbles and the warm nuts (yes, I know that almonds are drupes).
Marinated Prawn on Light Mayonnaise, Crab Meat Quenelle with Beetroot, Creme Fraiche (2.0) : couldn’t get past the big-ass dollop of “light” mayo, topped inexplicably with two raw scallion scapes — do people eat scallions like that??
These might’ve been okay as a late-night snack with a fat mug of whiskey while watching a movie in the middle of a long-haul flight.
Much prefer to select my fruit (to the extent that I prefer anything about fruit).

As always, I should note that I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel, especially via business class.  Any comments here, even the negative ones, are simply relative to other business class experiences, not complaints per se.

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