AirAsia spices up inflight menu with Korean dish

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at May 15 2019 07:00 PM

Korean Sweet and Spicy Chicken. Joko Magalong-De Veyra

MANILA -- Korean food takes center stage in AirAsia’s new inflight menu. 

In a recent launch, the low-cost airline introduced its newest celebrity chef series meal from Korean chef Hong Seok-Cheon -- the Korean Sweet and Spicy Chicken (dakgangjeong) meal. 

“Showcasing the flavors of the region at exceptional value-for-money has always been an integral part of our service offering. Korean cuisine has also become increasingly popular when it comes to requests for our guests, which is why we’re pleased to bring Chef Hong Seok-Cheon’s talent and the best of Korean food to the skies,” Karlo Sanchez, AirAsia Philippines head of ancillary, said in a statement. 

Aiming to bring the Korean chicken experience to the skies, the meal has chicken bites generously glazed with a sticky, sweet and unapologetically spicy Korean sauce, accompanied by jasmine rice and vegetables. 

Hong is a big celebrity in Korea. He lists restaurateur, actor, television personality (he hosts a cooking show called "Please Take Care of My Refrigerator"), gay activist, and politician in his resume, and dakgangjeong has always been his go-to comfort food. 

“This is a dish I enjoyed growing up and even throughout all my TV shoots. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with AirAsia on this exciting project to bring Korean cuisine to more people,” Hong said. 

Too spicy? While pre-ordering the meal at P140 already comes with complimentary drink, AirAsia’s Wintermelon Milk Tea (P120) is another great way to tone down the heat -- it’s sweet and cool with delectably chewy tapioca pearls. 

Inflight meals and snacks. Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Attendees during the launch were also served AirAsia Santan’s inflight meals and snacks from dimsum, tuna rolls, Tex-Mex items like quesadillas and burritos, as well as dessert options like salted caramel pudding and tiramisu. 

Santan meals are available for pre-booking for AirAsia Philippines flights.