You already get a warm fuzzy as soon as you reach your seat, because along with your blanket and care package of toothbrush, toothpaste and slippers, you are welcomed aboard with a bottle of water. Don't look at me incredulously—it's the small things that count, especially when you are flying in Economy class. Having to ask for water repeatedly is one of the more annoying aspects of long distance flying. That, and having your bottle confiscated at airport security before boarding. On a Korean Air flight, the crew continue to look after you, serving orange juice and more water before you even realise that you are thirsty.
Delicious Korean Meals
The signal that a meal or snack is about to arrive is when you are handed a hot towel to clean your hands and refresh yourself with. You are already feeling pampered, but if this is the first time you have flown with Korean Air, you may not realise just how good that meal will be. If you make the right selection, that is. Always go for the traditional Korean dish, whether it be bibimbap or bulgogi, because all airlines are also quite capable of giving you the dreaded rubbery, overcooked omelette or soggy pasta.
Here is what you get with a bibimbap (비빔밥) meal:
- mixed vegetables and mince
- steamed rice
- seaweed soup
- gochujang (고추장), the delicious chilli bean paste which always accompanies the dish
- sesame oil
- pickled vegetables
- dessert or fruit
|A bibimbap has many components.|
|A partially eaten bowl of bibimbap.|
|Bag of Korean brown rice green tea, just dropped into hot water.|
Surprisingly Good Snacks
We were as impressed by the snacks served by Korean Air as by their meals. Shortly after takeoff, each passenger was offered American honey roasted peanuts. For some reason, I thought airlines stopped feeding people peanuts years ago, in case someone happened to be severely allergic.
|Honey roasted peanuts offered by Korean Air.|
|Hot margherita pizza, our first on a plane.|
What to do if you want to sample the food, but need a nap in the meantime? Well, in your seat pocket, there are stickers you can leave on the seat on front of you, to let the staff know whether they should wake you for your meal. Should you nod off without leaving a note, they will check with the person behind you to make sure it is okay to leave your seat leaning back. And when you wake, there will be a message, letting you know that you can simply ask for your meal if you still want it. Imagine that!
All in all, we were completely won over by the level of service and the quality of the food on Korean Air. Fly with them and try it out for yourself. Just don't forget to choose the Korean meal options, or don't say I didn't warn you!