Airplane Food

By grace.g.yang ยท May 13, 2010
Under: Asian,Chinese,My Life,Taiwan,Travels

We flew from JFK to Narita and had three meals on our 14 hour flight. Everytime I come to Taiwan (or anywhere in Asia) I swear it’s going to be my last time because I seriously cannot stand flying for that long. Here are the three meals I had on my flight.

The first meal was about 3 hours into the flight. We were delayed for about two hours in New York because the plane was stuck somewhere else and also needed to be cleaned, so by the time the food came, I was starving. We had the choice between chicken curry and barbeque beef, so I went with the chicken:


The chicken was really sweet (I don’t think there was actually any curry) and came with a side of carrots, a salad, imitation crab and cucumber sushi, and a brownie. The first meal was kind of a disappointment, but not terrible.

Second meal was definitely the worst – turkey ham and cheese with an oreo cookie. For some reason, the bread was REALLY soggy AND the oreo was soggy, too!! How can the oreo be soggy if it’s sealed?! I was quite disappointed:


Last meal was more chicken (choice between chicken or pizza), fruit, and milano cookies. The guy I sat next to also gave me his fruit:


We landed in Narita and went through security again (not sure why) and boarded our plane for a short flight (3 hours). The meal from Narita to Taipei was the best, but I didn’t take a picture of it because the stewardess woke me up to give me my plate and I didn’t want to get up to get my camera. The meal was rice that was actually cooked, beef with noodles, a small salad, and apple jelly. When we arrived in Taipei, I asked my mom to take a picture of me:


As soon as we landed, we found our driver and he drove us to our hotel. He was surprised that we weren’t born in Taiwan because he said our Chinese was really good (something I found very funny considering my Chinese is pretty terrible). Night market post is coming up!

Reader Comments

Cool! I like the jumping photo (of course, who wouldn’t?!), but I am also excited to hear about the night market. Love to hear about travels and adventures, even with soggy Oreos…eww!

Written By thepinkpeppercorn on May 13th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

Grace, you are really lucky to be going to the World Expo. I’d really like to go but I don’t think I’ll be able to. Have a great time! Also, why didn’t you bring your own food onto the plane?

Written By Larry Kooper on May 13th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

Jesus, you are a jumper par excellence.

P.S. you should cross-post this on They have an entire forum dedicated to in-flight meals.

Written By Vishesh Narayen on May 13th, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

Have fun in Taiwan. I’m leaving for Kyoto/Tokyo next Saturday! I’ll be going through the same ordeal, hopefully without any delays.

Written By waisze on May 13th, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

Taiwan taxi drivers drive submarines? He dove you to hotel? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Written By dchen on May 13th, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

Hi Grace!! Hope you will post up recommendations for places to go in Taipei!!! My friends and I are going in 2 weeks!!

Would love to hear from you!

Written By susan on May 13th, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

Ugh, I recognize that terrible food. You flew on American Airlines, right? I’ve probably flown to Asia at least 30 times in my life. JFK to Narita on American was the only time I flew with a domestic carrier. Never again.

FYI…Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, and Cathay have the best food of any airline. Nobody else is close (maybe Lufthansa.)

Written By MetroDad on May 13th, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

@thepinkpeppercorn – I’ll definitely post as many pictures of my trip as possible! And, how IS it possible to have soggy oreos? I told my mom and she was shocked because her oreos were perfect!!

@larrykooper – I would’ve brought my own food, but somehow, I ended up packing a TON of clothes. Also, I didn’t want to bring McDonald’s on the plane and have that greasy feeling on the 14 hour flight. On my way home, I’m definitely going to bring some Chinese snacks.

@Waisze – GOOD LUCK on your flight. At least there are a ton of movies to watch! If you’re flying American, watch Hatchi (my entire family can’t stop talking about that cute puppy!)

@dchen – I fixed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

@Susan – I’ll keep posting – my dad is going to take us out a bunch so hopefully I’ll have some great recommendations!

@metrodad – yup, flew AA…I actually had a good experience flying Japan Airlines (they have a ton of snacks in between meals that I loved, including Toppo, which is like inside-out Pocky). I’ve never flown Singapore, Korean, or Cathay but if I ever fly to Asia again, I’ll definitely look up their prices. Thanks!

Written By grace.g.yang on May 13th, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

Love that you took pictures of airplane food. Did the flight attendants think you were with the FDA?

Written By Adam on May 17th, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

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