Globetrotting business travellers tend to love trying local dishes, but why wait until your flight touches down? Cathay Pacific is tapping into its roots with a series of authentic Cantonese inflight meals under the airline’s new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept.
Available on flights from Hong Kong to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and North America, the dishes reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the city’s rich gastronomic traditions.
From February to April 2019, Cathay Pacific’s business class passengers will be offered Hong Kong delights such as E fu noodle soup with crab meat sauce (considered a particularly “auspicious dish” for celebrating the Chinese New Year); roast duck with lai fun rice noodles in soup; coconut and red bean pudding; and Hong Kong-style milk tea pudding with tapioca pearls.
On first class flights, travellers can look forward to mains such as braised abalone with flower shiitake and choy sum-layered bean curd, and braised garoupa with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms in ginger and scallion sauce.
Other dishes to watch for under the ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ banner will include
- wok-fried lobster in broth with crispy and steamed rice
- braised brisket with flat rice noodles in special beef broth
- stir-fried pork and shallots in chilli tomato sauce on egg noodles
- fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup
- soy-braised chicken with Chinese sausage on steamed jasmine rice
“It’s not an exaggeration to say that people from Hong Kong are crazy about food,” admits Vivian Lo, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Customer Experience and Design (below).
“Our new dishes are inspired by those you find in local Hong Kong restaurants. These neighbourhood eateries define Hong Kong’s everyday culinary scene and provide simple yet hearty and delicious dishes for those, like our customers, who are always on the move.”
Still on the food front, Cathay Pacific will extend its new ‘business class dining experience’ to Sydney flights in May 2019 with Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth following in June.