Monday, January 4, 2016

Dining in the sky with China Southern

This is not a sponsored post though I'd be more than happy to chat with China Southern about a deal from Melbourne to Amsterdam anytime!

The new year brings Eurovision 2016 ever closer, 130 days till the final but who is counting?

This starts the joy of planing a holiday all over, money, passport! (renewal..someone remind me please)

While hotels are still being confirmed the flights have been locked in and paid so it's practically job done.

Working with the principle "if a meal isn't shared on social media it hasn't really been eaten" I thought I'd better share the meals from our China Southern flights between Melbourne and Amsterdam in May 2015.

AB and I flew China Southern Business for the second time and have booked again with them for this upcoming trip. I find the service to be excellent, attentive without being fussy and the price is a major attraction compared to other carriers.

Please take a menu I'll be back to take your order....

A selection of nuts and what I'll call a soy cocopop type item that was umamitastic! 
I assume accompanied by a G&T though it may be a water...

Cream of Mushroom soup

American Ginseng and Chicken Soup

Cajun Lamb Sliced With Prawn and Mango Salsa

Soya Chicken Breast with Grilled Prawn and Sesame Mushroom Salad

That mushroom salad was perfect with the chicken and prawns bringing an earthy flavour to the sky.

Char Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Mint Sauce, Broccolinni, Red Pepper and Roasted Herbed Chat Potatoes
Spring Pork Sliced with Worcestershire Pork Sauce, Braised Black Mushrooms and Carrot Stir Fried Ramen
I recommend an extra shirt in your hand luggage if you happen to have noodles on a plane....or anywhere for that matter! 

Vanilla Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit in Season.
Fruit and ice cream when simple done well is the best
Muffin of flavour I can not recall??

Blueberry Muffin

Fruit Plate

Croissant with Jam.

Supersized Coco Pops
30,000ft is exactly the place to eat things you wouldn't normally have at home

Cantonese Dim Sum with Plain Congee
I am always partial to dim sum and was happy that the congee wasn't very nice as it just confirmed that the times I'd made congee it had done it correctly. I just don't like congee. 

French Toast with Bacon, Tomato and Potato

Beef ball soup with romantic mood lighting

Salmon carparccio, clean, zesty and again with mood lighting. 

You can imagine how I was trying to position the reading lights to get a better shot, though sadly most from that potion of the flight have a touch of the Martha Stewart food photo about them.

Duo of Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries
AB and I have been trying to remember if the fruit came arranged like this, we are sure it did but then it's also something I would do as who wouldn't want a fruit face for dessert?

Would you like Smacks Sir?

Lights out snack of tuna sandwich which was a mystery selection as neither the flight attendant nor I spoke Dutch!

Onion Soup of Four Types of Onions

Cheese plate out of Amsterdam with the cumin flavoured Leyden and soft blue, there is not much I wouldn't do for a good cheese.

Terrine of Trout with Watercress and Gravellach (Gravlax) with Wasabi Mayonnaise

Six months on I can still taste this dish and it's silky smooth texture, a highlight! 
Grilled Chicken Fillet with Green Pepper Sauce, Haricot Verts, Capsicum and Potato

Oriental Style Fried Seafood with Tomato Chili Sauce, Rice and Chinese Seasonal Vegetables
One of my favourites of all the meals chicken noodle soup, deliciously comforting and I would have loved if a jar of that XO sauce had magical fallen into my carry on.

If I remember rightly this was called the China Southern signature beef soup or something similar and was equally as good as the chicken noodle soup. 
All the extra condiments were a bonus that created different taste adventures with each spoonful.

Prawns, pork, vegetable and rice no bells or whistles just good simple honest flavours which can be a relief in 24 hours of 3 course dining experiences.

Plate from the buffet in business lounge Guangzhou.

Snacks in China Southern Business Lounge Guangzhou
Individually wrapped sandwich triangles are very cute but I'm not sure it rates high in the sustainability stakes. 

Snacks in China Southern Business Lounge Guangzhou
While delayed for about 6 hours those beef jerky bullets got a workout, so addictive they should come with a warning!

Peanut butter on a cracker, what's not to love?

Time will fly (pun intended) till we being called to board again and I can't wait!

What's your most memorable airline meal?


  1. Fun post. I see Southern China always comes up first on the comparison sites as you can't beat the price. A meal on a real plate is surely a bonus. The food for the most part looked very appetising and really, that's half the battle when you're flying!

    1. The food is a great distraction from the 24+ hours on a plane, if you can't sleep. This year I'll also get to check out Air France and KLM though I always call it KLF so hopefully we aren't all bound for Moo Moo Land!!