9.284 Feta Cheese with Sliced Fig and Parma Ham

9.284

16 (Tue) October 2018

Feta Cheese with Sliced Fig and Parma Ham

3.5

aboard Korean Air – KE 137

-Manila via Incheon en route to Nadi-

solo

Mission to Fiji, Day 1.

Heading to Suva.  Attending a series of planning sessions – Wednesday to Friday –  in preparation for the Fifth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health, which will be held in Fiji in August 2019.

Lunch on the flight from Manila to Incheon.

Dinner and breakfast on the flight from Incheon to Nadi.

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Grilled Beef Steak with Herb Cream Sauce (1.75): reminder to self: never ever order the steak as part of an in-flight meal service, even if in business class.

Until now, I had never fully appreciated the sophistication of the fig.  Sweet, but just delicately so, with jammy berry flavors on one end and darker herbaceous notes on the other.  The texture is firm on the outside, gooey on the inside, crunchy seeds to keep it interesting.  And this from someone who generally doesn’t like fruit.

Here, elegant synergy with the tangy feta and savory parma.

I should try this at home – do they sell figs in Manila?

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Ramyeon (3.0) – available as an optional snack anytime, including as a substitute for breakfast; as such, the best in-flight breakfast ever, the spicy broth just the thing to wash out the cottonmouth from a night of boozing in an arid environment; edges out the prior best: the more wholesome gomtang (see 7.041 Gomtang).

As always, 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.

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. Singapore Airlines: MNL > SIN > BNE (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta); BNE > SIN > MNL (6.243 Ggongchi Kimchi Jjigae)
  3. Turkish Airlines: MNL > IST (8.046 Grilled Seafood Selections); GVA > IST (8.051 Fresh Herb Baby Chicken); IST > MNL (8.052 Köfte + Piliç); MNL > IST > GVA (9.050 Grilled Seafood Selection); GVA > IST (9.055 Grilled Lamb Chop)
  4. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: GVA > AMS > ICN (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  5. Asiana Airlines — MNL > ICN (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…); ICN > MNL (6.048 Ssambap); MNL > ICN (6.305 Chicken Congee); ICN > MNL (6.321 Ssambap); ICN > MNL (8.261 Ssambap)
  6. Etihad Airways: MNL > AUH > AMM (6.154 Shakshouka); AMM > AUH > MNL (6.160 Zaalou-Crusted Chicken Breast); AUH > AMM (9.261 Prawns Machboos); AMM > AUH (9.267 Dukkah-Spiced Salmon); AUH > MNL (9.268 Malabar Grouper)
  7. 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); MLE > CMB > ICN (9.191 Grilled Beef Tenderloin); ICN > MNL (9.193 Roasted Halibut with Dill Cream Sauce); MNL > ICN > NAD (9.284 Feta Cheese with Sliced Fig and Parma Ham)
  8. Thai Airways: MNL > BKK > DEL (7.306 Fried Black Cod …); DEL > BKK > MNL (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  9. Philippine Airlines: MNL > MEL (5.335 Chicken Tausi)
  10. Deutsche Lufthansa: ICN > MUC > GVA (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  11. Cathay Pacific Airways: HKG > MNL (5.182 Har Gao)
  12. Fiji Airways: NAD > HKG (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

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

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