Eat at the flying restaurant

AirAsia likes to tag their selection of meals served on-board as their “restaurant in the sky”. I must say that the dishes they serve certainly give their full-service competitors more than a run for their money. I, for one, can’t resist their nasi lemak.

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Their in-flight food menu with hot meals is called Santan (Malay for coconut milk), a name most Malaysians can connect with.

They have created special dishes to serve certain regional sectors – with those dishes being some of the most popular and favoured in that region.

“Food is a great unifying factor across the region. We are bringing the wonderful flavours of Asean into Santan to create a unique food experience, with the vision of replicating the on-ground gourmet experience on board.

“The flavour profile and in-flight food prices have always been a challenge but we believe that, with Santan, we can create the first restaurant brand in the sky that spells both tasty and affordable,” said AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes at the launch of Santan back in May.

Fernandes also came up with Santan for the name of the menu. It took one year to create all the dishes for Santan, which offers 90 different meals across the AirAsia network.

As it’s also Asean’s 50th anniversary, Star2 gives you a look-in at some of these dishes, especially for those of you who have not taken AirAsia flights to those regions.

But let’s start with the two most popular right at home here in Malaysia.

Note: In brackets below are AirAsia’s flight codes for specific sectors.

Malaysia (served on AK flights)

Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak – Known as Malaysia’s national dish, the traditional fragrant coconut rice dish is served with Pak Nasser’s Chilli Sambal and Chicken Rendang, complemented with fried anchovies, crunchy groundnuts and half a hard-boiled egg.

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Chicken Vindaloo Biryani – This popular Indian curry that’s savoury, tangy and spicy is perfectly paired with fluffy Biryani that is loaded with spices, herbs and vegetables. It’s a tantalising meal!

Thailand (FD flights)

ML Noi’s Basil Fried Chicken on Rice – From ML Noi’s Royal Kitchen comes this authentic Thai rice dish, with stir-fried spiced chicken and fresh basil leaves to give it that signature robust flavour.

(FD & XJ flights)

Thai Green Curry with Rice – This aromatic Thai Green Curry Chicken is infused with authentic Thai spices and ingredients, promising a mouth-watering experience, especially when served with fluffy, fragrant, white rice.

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Indonesia (QZ flights)

Nasi Padang – This popular Indonesian meal consists of white rice, beef rendang, stir-fried cassava leaves, ikan bilis (anchovy) balado and green sambal. And tasty prawn crackers.

Nasi Kuning Manado – A popular dish from Sulawesi served with Smoked Cakalang (skip-jack tuna), Telor (egg) Balado, Fried Sweet Potato, Potato Soya with Beef and Chilli sambal.

Philippines (Z2 flights)

Chicken Adobo ala Mariles – Philippine’s favourite cuisine marries chicken, vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves and peppercorn for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

International meals

Chicken Lasagne – Savour this classic, heart-warming dish that’s a staple on all flights. Layers of juicy chicken in tomato sauce, cream sauce, pasta and shredded cheese are baked to perfection, and served with vegetables. Makes a gratifying meal.

Are any of your personal favourites on this list?

At the moment, there are no specific regional meals for flights to Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. But you never know when that might change. Check out that menu next time you’re on board and wait for your nose to twitch with delight!

Penang girls pack Miss Tourism titles

PENANGITES commanded at the twentieth commemoration of the Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant 2017 held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur, bringing home each of the three titles in dispute.

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Melissa Ng Sook Khuan, 24, a liberal examinations understudy and low maintenance demonstrate, was delegated Miss Malaysia Tourism 2017.

She additionally packed away two backup titles – Miss Glamor and Miss Vibrant KIA.

Lee Jia Ling, 19, whose aspiration is to be an artist and musician, was delegated Miss Malaysia Tourism Queen of the Year and 22-year-old Crystal Tung Lu Yie, who is seeking after a degree in dentistry, was delegated Miss Malaysia Tourism Metropolitan.

The trio – Ng, Lee and Tung – who had turned out to be close through the opposition, will endeavor to do their best to advance Malaysia throughout the following one year.

“It is unimaginable winning this crown and I need to make my nation pleased in the worldwide rivalry,” said Ng, who wore a RM1.5mil crown exceptionally composed by Roku Jewelry Luxury.

Ng will contend in the twentieth Miss Tourism International World Final, which will see members from more than 60 nations at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa on Dec 6.

Lee and Tung will contend in their individual expos one year from now.

Lee said winning here and having a shot at the global rivalry would help in her future vocation.

Tung said she would utilize her title to advance Malaysia as a famous vacationer goal.

Other than winning Miss Malaysia Tourism Metropolitan, Tung additionally won the auxiliary titles of Miss Gintell Wellness and Miss Elegant.

Eleanor Ng Cui Shan, 24, was named Miss Best in Talent while Hayley Yeap Hui Yin, 20, was Miss Charm and Nicole Yin Pui Kuan, 25, was Miss Friendship.

Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant president and originator Tan Sri Danny Ooi said since 1995, the show had delivered more than 103 Miss Malaysia of different titles.

“The Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant had served a stage to advance tourism, fellowship and culture and it was done,” he said.

Tourism Malaysia representative chief general (arranging) Datuk Chong Yoke Har said Malaysia was rich in culture, history, convention and furthermore nourishment.

“This has pulled in countless yet more is expected to help tourism in this nation and every individual can have a fundamental influence.

“A year ago, there were 26.8mil vacationers going by Malaysia with an income of RM82.1bil.

“We have to achieve an objective of 36mil vacationers by the Year 2020 as our objective is at RM186bil every year,” she said.

Splendid Equity Ventures organizer Datuk Jessie Yow said four welfare homes were given RM5,000 each from this occasion.

“These incorporate Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Insan, Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, OKB OKU Orang Kota Bharu Association and the Malaysian Association for the Blind,” she said.

Before the national finals, the 17 finalists occupied with various vacationer advancements and philanthropy exercises, including a voyage through Kuala Lumpur city which secured Dataran Merdeka, Petronas Twin Towers, Istana Negara, The City Gallery and Aquaria.

The event is sorted out by D’Touch International Sdn Bhd and Brilliant Equity Ventures Sdn Bhd, and gives a stage to the national finalists to speak to the “Dekat Je” battle for Tourism Malaysia.

Platinum patrons for the occasion incorporate Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which is facilitating the finals at the lodging’s Manhattan Ballroom, and in addition Minori Japanese Restaurant and Roku Luxury Jewelry.

Exploit sweet September

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Exploit the different open occasions in September and appreciate the beautiful magnificence of the nation on “cuti-cuti Malaysia” excursions – that is the message from Tourism Malaysia.

Its local and occasions senior chief Datuk Ammar A. Ghapar said Tourism Malaysia has been currently advancing numerous new goals and items through their state workplaces and item administrators.

“What we are attempting to do is to constantly offer new items to Malaysians so at whatever point there is a long occasion, they can design something for their families,” he said.

Ammar trusted individuals will likewise take a stab at going in various ways.

“For instance, there are immediate prepare administrations to Ipoh. It is additionally a route for families to encounter an alternate method of transportation,” he included.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the affiliation has been forcefully advancing local tourism.

“Expansive number of significant worth for-cash local bundles are sold amid MATTA Fairs and furthermore during the time by MATTA individuals,” he said.

He said prevalent goals included Penang, Langkawi, Ipoh, Melaka, Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak, Melaka and Johor.

Tan said local visit bundles are likewise sold and purchased internet, including that there was no “lack” of neighborhood visit bundles.

He likewise said MATTA composed acclimation outings and visits across the nation for its supporting individuals all the time for new Tour operators like gotourister.

There will be four noteworthy open occasions in September, after National Day on Aug 31.

The fundamental ones are Hari Raya Haji on Sept 1, the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on Sept 9, Malaysia Day on Sept 16 and Awal Muharram on Sept 22.

The Term 2 school occasions likewise began on Saturday.