I hadn't planned for a trip to Jeju Island during the exchange programme until I saw a promotion on Facebook in early May which stated that KA had just launched a new direct route from HKG to CJU, which, to date, is the longest available flight to reach Jeju Island with a duration of 3 hours and 15 minutes. First, I'd never been to Jeju Island before, and second, I'd never flown with KA before, so there was no reason not to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature! :D
KA Meal #1
The plate had a slice of papaya, melon and watermelon each, and all of them were fresh and sweet.
Chicken Noodle with Dim Sum - Taste: 8.5/10
Dim sum is an inseparable entity from HK. I was glad to see a piece of siu mai filled with luscious pork and a piece of chives dumpling which was nicely juicy. The noodle was delightfully chewy, and the chicken meat on top of it was pretty tender.
Omelette Set - Taste: 8/10
Probably an omelette dish with the most accompaniments I've ever had onboard, the egg wasn't as creamy as I'd like it to be, but it was smooth and moist inside. I also enjoyed the sliced potatoes which were first boiled, and then fried with a bit of oil for a short while just to make the outside slightly dry and yummy.
The roll was good, for it was slightly buttery without being neither too soft nor too hard.
Pre-packed orange juice came together with the meal, followed by coffee and/or tea. I had both of the hot beverages which were pretty strong.
KA Meal #2
Smoked Duck Salad - Taste: 7.5/10
There wasn't anything special about the salad with only a piece of smoked duck thrown in which was smoky and savoury enough, but I really enjoyed the piquant and aromatic rocket leaves. The Heinz's Italian dressing provided was adequate to bind everything together.
Beef in Brown Gravy with Mashed Potatoes - Taste: 8/10
The beef wasn't cooked till it was perfectly tender, but certainly it wasn't tough either. Instead, it still retained its fibrous texture. The brown sauce was a little bit salty, a little bit sweet, balanced by a dollop of sour cream. The mashed potatoes weren't that smooth though.
Chicken and Leek with Rice - Taste: 8.5/10
No, the orange-coloured sauce wasn't made of oranges. Honestly, I had no idea what it was made of, but the sauce was pretty thick and delicious with a hint of sweetness, and it just made me salivate as I wrote the phrase preceding this one. It really went well with the juicy chicken meat. Also, the rice was highly fluffy, cooked well, if not perfectly, that you could see the individual grains.
Similar to the one I had in the HKG-CJU sector, the bread was pretty soft and slightly buttery.
Häagen-Dazs Strawberry Ice Cream
"Yum!" is the only expression I need to give, right? :D Who would resist the temptation of creamy ice cream with studded sweet, summer strawberries?
In the CJU-HKG sector, a variety of soft drinks and fruit juices are available. I requested for a glass of orange juice, as well as a cup of coffee (not shown) which wasn't that bitter.
Ambience: 7.5/10Service: 8.5/10
The plane used for the HKG-CJU-HKG sector was a new one, and of course, it had that distinctive new plane smell (quite nice, actually... :P). In both flights, I was really impressed by the enthusiasm displayed by the Korean flight attendants, especially in going so many rounds to offer coffee and tea to the passengers. Also, the Häagen-Dazs ice cream was given at the right timing after the meal in the CJU-HKG sector. Overall, good job! I could also recall there was one elegant Hongkonger senior flight attendant who looked very much like a singer in the olden days haha... Hmm, I wonder when will I fly with KA again? Pika's advice: No food related advice for today; do visit Jeju Island and be awed by nature! :)
Economy Class Cabin
*No separate price given as meals are included in the ticket price.
Have a nice meal,