23 (Fri) August 2019
Seared Humpty Doo Barramundi
(with tamarind sauce, kailan, jasmine rice)
on board Qantas Airways – QF 117
-Sydney en route to Hong Kong-
Mission to Fiji, Day 14.
- Day 1 (10.217 Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu)
- Day 2 (10.218 Mapa Tofu + Choysum with Garlic + Steamed Rice)
- Day 3 (10.219 Roast Chicken Tikka Masala)
- Day 4 (10.220 Grilled Lobster)
- Day 5 (10.221 Bibimbap)
- Day 6 (10.222 Grilled Lobster)
- Day 7 (10.223 Chicken Tandoori Pizza)
- Day 8 (10.224 Whopper with Cheese)
- Day 9 (10.225 Cheeseburger)
- Day 10 (10.226 A Pear)
- Day 11 (10.227 Grilled Fish)
- Day 12 (10.228 Tavu Snapper)
- Day 13 (10.229 Lobster Stir-Fried Ginger & Spring Onion)
In transit. On my way home after wrapping the Fifth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health, which was held in Nadi from August 20 to 22 (yesterday). Having spent 40 days in/to/from Fiji over the past year across 5 missions to prepare for the meeting (see most recently 10.192 Rourou Moci), then another 3 days to execute the meeting itself, I need just 1.5 more days of travel to get home and be done with it.
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge
For the first time since Fiji Airways opened its new business class lounge, I had an opportunity to experience its service in the evening. Prior occasions were always early in the morning, with breakfast fare only.
The food was very good. Not an extravagant spread but a few solid main dishes and a range of respectable salads – more than enough goodies to justify additional helpings.
With that, the lounge settles in at the #16 spot.
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.
QF 244 (Nadi to Sydney)
QF 117 (Sydney to Hong Kong)
Due to the late departure from Nadi, we arrived in Sydney within minutes of catching the connecting flight to Hong Kong, met upon arrival and shuttled gate to gate, thus no time to check out the Qantas lounge at night (see for comparison Day 1, supra).
So exhausted, so full, so apathetic by this point, I was still eager to partake of the offerings on the flight, if only to generate content for GMTD.
I couldn’t resist ordering a dish with “Humpty Doo” in the title. Humpty Doo is a town in Australia – famous for its unusual name – though unknown what relation it has to the dish.
Both the mains that I ordered – appreciating that I was allowed 2 meals – were classically Australian in their Asian-fusionistic sense, creative, well constructed, and comprised of quality ingredients, but generally kinda blah.