Anyong haseyo! I hope you are a Korean fan because I am finally getting started on my KimchiLand Series!
My awesome 10 days trip to Korea in late February began with a 6 hour flight on their national carrier, and I must say that I was most impressed with the cabin facilities. The economy class's personal screen was seriously huge, the comprehensive entertainment system was filled with movies-on-demand and video games, while power points were available for laptop junkies. Leg space was pretty comfortable for my height (180cm-ish) too.
The pre-meal snack was one of the nicest packet of peanuts I had. Every nut had a rich, buttery flavour and was enclosed in a crispy coat. Should start looking for them in supermarkets!
International Selection, Omelette with Sausage
After dozing off to the end of my movie, I was gently awakened at 4am for breakfast. Given a choice of international or Korean, I opted for the former as I thought that would be the last of anything Western in the coming days.
Unfortunately, it wasn't such a good choice as the omelette and beans could do with a huge sprinkle of salt, though the sausage was juicy enough. The sides of fresh fruits, yogurt and soft bun with strawberry jam were pretty standard but welcoming for the morning stomach.
Korean Selection: Beef Bibimbap
But if you ready to dive straight into Korea's food culture, then go for their national dish! Presented with a "How to eat Bibimbap" instruction sheet by the friendly air stewardess, the rice dish with an assortment of vegetable toppings came complete with a mini tube of the ever-important spicy soy bean paste! Just don't be a sleepy head and use it as toothpaste instead!
Pour the rice in, squeeze the paste, mix and enjoy!
International Selection: Buttered Rice with Braised Beef
On the return dinner, we again had a choice of international or Korean bibimbap and I still opt for the former, the reason this time being that I admittedly had quite enough of Korean food already. Though it didn't look appetising, the mix of tender beef cubes and warm rice was rather good comfort food.
Soy Beancurd, Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
The side dish was slightly different too, coming in the form of a very light and refreshing tau hway. Ice cream wasn't from any big labels, but I enjoyed the sweet treat all the same.
I have been travelling budget in the recent years and honestly, I'm not up-to-date with what other premier airlines are offering. But Korean Airlines definitely stood out from my previous experiences with SIA and Cathay Pacific!