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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A Songkran Special on Thai Airways

Where: Thailand
July 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 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.

Flying on a country's flag carrier like Thai Airways is especially exciting when your travel happens to fall during a national holiday. In our case, it was Songkran, a celebration in April to welcome a new year (according to the lunar calendar). Not only were we excited to be part of the festivities on the ground, but the airline made sure their Songkran travelers had a little surprise in flight.

On a relatively short hop from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, we booked ourselves into one of the comfy seats up front and were treated to a meal of ground chicken and carrot in pastry. Even thought it was light snack, the serving size was perfect for the 60-minute flight to the capital. Three slices of the chicken roll were served up with a creamy chicken salad in a cabbage leaf laced with some beans.

The seasonal surprise came with dessert. Flight attendants handed out plates of coconut custard topped with pandan jelly strips, or lod chong nam ka ti, and explained that it is a unique menu item specifically served to ring in the new year. Not all flights catered the treat and this particular domestic route (along with a handful of others) was a celebratory flight with the traditional dessert.

In addition, we constantly asked for refills on the sweet iced tea served alongside. This light and refreshing lemon-flavored tea quenched our thirst and, once the attentive flight attendant caught on to our obsession, the glass wasn't empty until we left the plane in Bangkok.

Photo: [Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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