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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson, a resident of Singapore and a diluted 'ang moh'! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MAS: Malaysia Airlines [Economy, International, Medium-Haul]

Nasi lemak with pretty succulent shrimps!

MH has just been awarded the Skytrax 5 Star Airline rating last year, compelling me to try flying with them for the first time in my life. Before reviewing the food that I had onboard, I'd like to say that I was pretty disappointed with the fact that no menu booklet was given for the medium-haul KUL-KIX (Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia - Kansai International Airport, Japan) sector. 




MH Meal #1

Nasi Lemak with Egg and Chili Shrimps and Anchovies - Taste: 8/10

The nasi lemak (Malay rice dish cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaves) showcased rice grains which I thought could be fluffier, but full of coconut fragrance for sure. Accompanied with half a boiled egg and adequately spicy shrimps and anchovies, it was pretty much a good breakfast to start the day.

Omelette with Potato Wedges, Sausage, Tomato and Peas - Taste: 7.5/10

While there wasn't anything special about the sausage and the potato wedges, the omelette was pretty fluffy, encasing chopped tomatoes which were pretty sweet and juicy. On the other hand, while the oven-roasted tomato was really juicy, it wasn't sweet at all. I was glad that the peas were neither dry nor hard.

Bread

The bread was firm on the outside, but soft on the inside. It came with butter and strawberry jam.

Fruits

Melon, cantaloupe and grape were provided. None of them was juicy enough for my liking.

Others

To complete the breakfast, a cup of strawberry yoghurt and a small piece of muesli bar with raisins were given. As for the midnight snack service that came first after the plane took off to the skies, a minced chicken bun was served. The meat was tender, covered in creamy mayonnaise which wasn't overly heavy. Well, to share my experience, it was unfortunate that the flight that was scheduled at 11.50pm was delayed for about an hour. No apology was given, but I wasn't that angry as they made it up with the tasty bun.

Beverages

On top of a cup of mineral water given on the tray, I also requested for a cup of orange juice (not shown). By the way, they don't have tomato juice onboard.




MH Meal #2

Assorted Seafood Salad - Taste: 8/10

The vegetables were pretty fresh, coupled with pretty juicy shrimp, squid and scallop. The slice of lemon given was bursting with juice and zesty.

Cold Soba - Taste: 8/10

Not to complain, but while the soba (Japanese buckwheat noodle) could be chewier, the pre-packed sweetened soy sauce (not shown) was really not bad. With enough piquant wasabi (Japanese horseradish), it whetted my appetite.

Lamb Curry with Rice - Taste: 6.5/10

While the presentation of the dish was appealing, its taste wasn't as amazing. I found that the curry was a tad too sweet. The chunks of lamb were somewhat moist, and a few of them were pretty fatty. A piece of ladyfinger was placed in the middle to separate the curry from the rice topped with a kind of herb, bell peppers and almonds.

Brown Sauce Beef with Potato Wedges - Taste: 7.5/10

The beef main course was slightly better. Completely drenched in brown sauce which was a bit peppery, the beef was acceptably meaty. The potato wedges were better than those for breakfast in MH Meal #1, and the carrots and green beans were crunchy.

Bread

The bread wasn't that different from the one in MH Meal #1 in terms of quality, but the outside was less firm, accompanied with only a packet of butter.

Fruits

A slice of apple, melon, orange and blood orange each was provided. All of them were pretty sweet and juicy.

Others

Milky Way chocolate bar was given during the meal service. Subsequently, during the snack service, I truly enjoyed the sweet and fluffy raisin muffin, as well as the creamy green tea ice cream.

Beverages

In the return flight, the flight attendants were more active in going around to offer coffee and tea.


MH Snack

In the short-haul KUL-SIN (Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia - Changi Airport, Singapore), only salted peanuts and a cup of either orange or apple juice were given.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Overall: 7/10

The ratings for ambience and service were based on the KUL-KIX sector with Airbus A330-300 having the 2-4-2 seat configuration in the economy class cabin. I'm going to end this review by saying that there's definitely a room for improvement in terms of service if the airline wants to keep its status as one of the Skytrax 5 Star Airlines in the world. Pika's advice: No advice with regard to food, but the carrier often offers tempting flight deals! Do check out their website regularly!

Malaysia Airlines

Economy Class Cabin
Airbus 330-300


*No separate price given as meals are included in the ticket price.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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