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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Korean Bibimbap on American Airlines

Where: Seoul, Korea
May 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

16 hours in the air is nothing to take lightly. That's three mealtimes, plus several naps, plus a movie or two and some general spacing-out-while-staring-at-clouds time. Thus, when it came to our nonstop in Business Class from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Seoul, South Korea yesterday on American Airlines, we knew we had plenty time to enjoy filling up on food.

AA 27 was actually the very first flight by AA to Seoul, a momentous occasion on which we'll go into deeper depth next week. Still, because it was an inaugural to South Korea, it would be the first time American has offered the Korean dish of Bibimbap on a flight. How could we pass it up?

While our seatmate tucked into his chicken order, the flight attendant presented us with a printed "How To" sheet on properly mixing the ingredients together, as bibimbap is actually rice with a plethora of colorful additions (carrot, zucchini, cucumber, shiitake, spinach, egg, tender beef bulgogi and pepper paste to taste). Even though this was an airline meal, presentation and quantity didn't suffer in the least.

Note the inclusion of steel chopsticks, called jeokkarak (젓가락)! South Korea is the only country to use metal over wood, a tradition credited back to the dynastic days when it was believed any toxins tainting the king's food would be detected by a pair of silver chopsticks tarnishing. A pair of decorated jeokkarak was even included in the gift bag given to all passengers on this inaugural AA flight.

One of the great things about the recent trend to personalize airline meals is the option to order in advance. This feature is typically only offered to passengers flying in First or Business Class, as is the case on American. We simply logged into American's website to check the details of our itinerary, and there made the option to go with the Bibimbap over four other entree selections (see below).

The screen for choosing the dinner entree in advance

For our second large meal (which followed the bibimbap dinner and another lighter lunch), we chose the more Japanese option of Udon (below).

We traveled on the Seoul inaugural as a guest of American Airlines, but all drooling, photos and opinions are completely our own..

[Photos: Jaunted]

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