Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Who offers better satay in first class, Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines?
Satay is is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with sauce. It is popular in Southeast Asia, including in Singapore and Malaysia. Not surprisingly, both airlines serve satay to their passengers.
In light of the raw satay story I covered earlier today, let’s compare first class satay on Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Singapore’s satay tasted freshly grilled. Peanut sauce was served on the side along with skewers of sliced cucumber and onion.
Malaysia Airlines dedicated a whole page of its menu just to satay. It noted:
So what’s the secret to our satay? Some attribute it to the high quality cuts of meat we use. Others, to our marinade of fresh shallots, turmeric, garlic, galangal, and lemongrass. Still others maintain that it’s due to the constant basting and hand-turning while being chargrilled over original mangrove wood charcoal, and then of course, there’s our traditional crushed peanut sauce which is gently cooked for hours to achieve the right consistency and flavour.
This satay also included cucumber and onion as well as nasi himpit or compressed rice cakes. The peanut sauce was already poured on top…good thing it was delicious. I’d rate the meat as tasty but the sauce a tad spicier than on Singapore Airlines.
The Winner? Draw.
Both satay courses were delicious. I’d give a slight edge to Singapore Airlines on the meat itself and to Malaysia Airlines on the peanut sauce.
This course is not to be missed on either airlines and yes, the meat was fully cooked.
Do you like satay on an airplane?