10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut

10.049

23 (Sat) February 2019

Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut

(with jade melon mixed vegetables, steamed jasmine rice)

2.0

aboard Cathay Pacific – CX 903

-Nadi via Hong Kong en route to Manila-

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Mission to Fiji, Day 8.

In Nadi.  Concluded a series of planning sessions in Suva – Monday to Thursday – in preparation for the Fifth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health, which will be held in Fiji in August 2019.  Now on the other side of the island to conduct ocular inspections of potential venues.  This is the second such scoping mission in advance of the Fifth Meeting (see previously 9.286 Kokonda with Grilled Prawns).

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Lunch on Fiji Airways – Nadi en route to Hong Kong – was pretty bad, perhaps the worst ever.

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As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel, especially via business class, including lounge access.  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); MNL > IST (9.330 Parrot Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce); BEY > IST > MNL (9.336 Sea Bass en Papilotte)
  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); NAD > ICN > MNL (9.287 Spicy Squid & Bean Sprout Stir-Fry with Rice); ICN > LAX (9.349 Pea Sprouts with Garlic); LAX > ICN (9.361 Beef Bulgogi); ICN > MNL (9.362 Bibimbap)
  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); HKG > NAD (10.042 Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Thigh); NAD > HKG (10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut)

AMM = Amman // AMS = Amsterdam // AUH = Abu Dhabi // BEY = Beirut // 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 // LAX = Los Angeles // MEL = Melbourne // MLE = Male // MNL = Manila // MUC = Munich // NAD = Nadi // SIN = Singapore

Hong Kong International Airport – Cathay Pacific Lounge (The Wing)

Snack in the Cathay Pacific Lounge – layover in Hong Kong – was very very good, far beyond my first impression nearly five years ago, coming closer to the high expectations of what the business lounge for one of the world’s most luxurious carriers representing one of the world’s most exquisite food city should offer.  As a result, its ranking jumps from #25 to #13.

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Wonton Noodle Soup (3.25) + Scallop Dumpling (2.5) + Steamed Cabbage (3.0)

BEST IN LOUNGE – an on-going ranking of dining experiences in business lounges:

  1. Istanbul, TURKEY: Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge (8.052 Köfte + Piliç) (9.056 Pide)
  2. SINGAPORE: Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta)
  3. Amman, JORDAN: Queen Alia International Airport – Petra Lounge (9.267 Dukkah-Spiced Salmon)
  4. Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – KLM Crown Lounge (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  5. Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Abu Dhabi International Airport – Etihad Airways Lounge (6.154 Shakshouka)
  6. Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: Brisbane Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.242 Scallops)
  7. Tokyo, JAPAN: Haneda Airport International Terminal (8.202 Clam and Spicy Tofu Stew)
  8. Hong Kong SAR, CHINA: Hong Kong International Airport – Club Autus Lounge (10.042 Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Thigh)
  9. Amman, JORDAN: Queen Alia International Airport – Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge (6.159 Memories of Hummus)
  10. Bangkok, THAILAND: Suvarnabhumi Airport – Royal Silk Lounge  (7.306 Fried Black Cod …)
  11. Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA: Kuala Lumpur International Airport – AirAsia Premium Red Lounge (9.183 Grilled Y/F Tuna Steak)
  12. Munich, GERMANY: Flughafen München – Lufthansa Lounge (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  13. Moscow, RUSSIA: Moscow Domodedovo Airport (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  14. Hong Kong SAR, CHINA: Hong Kong International Airport – Cathay Pacific Lounge (The Wing) (5.182 Har Gao); (10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut)
  15. Manila, PHILIPPINES: Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3) – Cathay Pacific Lounge (10.042 Grilled Peri Peri Chicken Thigh)
  16. New Delhi, INDIA: Indira Gandhi International Airport (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  17. Seoul, KOREA: Incheon International Airport – Asiana Business Class Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (5.363 Past + Sandwich for the Elite)
  18. Seoul, KOREA: Incheon International Airport – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (6.090 Shin Ramyeon BLACK)
  19. Seoul, KOREA: Incheon International Airport – Star Alliance Lounge (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…)
  20. Colombo, SRI LANKA: Bandaranaike International Airport (9.191 Grilled Beef Tenderloin)
  21. Beirut, LEBANON: Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, LAT (Lebanese Air Transport) Lounge (9.336 Sea Bass en Papillote)
  22. Male, MALDIVES: Velana International Airport (9.191 Grilled Beef Tenderloin)
  23. Seoul, KOREA: Incheon International Airport (Terminal 2) – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (9.016 Probably the Best Mul Naeng Myeon)
  24. Manila, PHILIPPINES: Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 1) – PAGSS Lounge (9.330 Parrot Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce)
  25. New York, USA: John F Kennedy International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet)
  26. Geneva, SWITZERLAND: Geneva International Airport (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  27. Manila, PHILIPPINES: Ninoy Aquino International Airport – MIASCOR Lounge (4.272 Chicken Curry…); (6.305 Chicken Congee)
  28. Nadi, FIJI: Nadi International Airport (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)
  29. Los Angeles, USA: Los Angeles International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (9.361 Beef Bulgogi)

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Alas, dinner on Cathay Pacific Airways – Hong Kong en route to Manila – was surprisingly mediocre (“termite mushroom”) for business class on one of the world’s most luxurious carriers representing one of the world’s most exquisite food city – though not so surprising in light of prior experience.  The photo from five years ago shows the exact same dishware, so apparently they haven’t made any effort to improve anything in terms of the food service.

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On the other hand, the seating system may be the best that I’ve experienced, including a tray that could be pushed aside to allow for the passenger to rise mid-meal, and a monitor that could be adjusted for angle and proximity – too bad the flight was only 2.5 hrs.
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All within easy reach: headphones, device charging ports, storage pouch, mirror, aircon vent, seat adjustment, remote control that included a clock and time-to-destination monitor.

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