Airline Food – Cathay Pacific 2019

Cafe De Coral (Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) 8

I think I mentioned last year this airline was our most used airline in most of our personal trips, I guess I had used them for more than 40 times since the early 2000’s. They have competitive rates; the planes are clean, and the service is good, and the food is great hence it is one of our first options when it comes to flying. Once again, we had another opportunity to fly with them, this time on our way to Zurich so it was a long ride, 24 hours each way and it involved four aircrafts to and from our destination.


Our review for Airline Food will sort of change from now on by adding a year on its review since I travel a lot plus the plane service changes regularly, so down the track if you find this article you will know it will be relevant to that year only.

Let’s start. Our flight to and from Zurich as mentioned was long, 4 flights at least 12 hours on each leg, 4 planes, two stop overs in Hong Kong, this means we will be eating a lot. That means we will have 4 breakfasts, 4 snacks, 2 dinners and 2 lunches with them and here is what we had.

Let’s Start.


Leg 1 Auckland to Hong Kong

Leg 1 Lunch
Beef Pastrami with coleslaw salad, bread and butter
Served with
Steamed fish with ginger sauce, steamed jasmine rice, pak choy and shiitake mushroom
Lamb tagine, pearl couscous, pumpkin and olives
To finish with
Movenpick Ice Cream, tea, coffee

Leg 1 Refreshment
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Served with
Beef Stroganoff, tri colour spiral
To finish with
Semolina and Cranberry Cake, tea, coffee

Leg 1 Snacks
Cup noodles
Assorted Snacks


Leg 2 Hong Kong to Zurich

Leg 2 Supper
Apricot, raising, sweet corn and orzo salad with turkey ham, bread and butter
Served with
Baked chicken and pumpkin with black pepper sauce on egg fried rice
Mediterranean tomato beef stew, pearl onion, green beans, carrot and mashed potatoes
To finish with
Movenpick Ice Cream, tea, coffee

Leg 2 Snacks
Cup noodles
Assorted Snacks

Leg 2 Breakfast
Seasonal fresh fruits, yoghurt, breakfast bakery, fruit preserve and butter
Served with
Omelette, Nuremberg sausage, baked beans, Lyonnaise potatoes and oval tomato
Fish and shitake mushroom congee
To finish with
tea, coffee

Leg 3 Zurich to Hong Kong

Leg 3 Lunch
Roasted Chicken and couscous salad, bread butter
Served with
Beef, vegetable and mushroom casserole with spring onion mash potato, carrots and leek
To finish with
Movenpick Ice Cream, tea, coffee

Leg 3 Snacks
Cup noodles
Assorted Snacks

Leg 3 Breakfast
Seasonal fresh fruits, fruit yoghurt, breakfast bread, fruit preserve and butter
Served with
Creamy scrambled eggs, breakfast pork sausage, Provencal mushrooms and roasted potatoes
Prawn and mushroom congee
To finish with
tea, coffee

Last leg was a code share with Air New Zealand, there were no menu like Cathay Pacific and we run out of options, so I will just guess exactly what we had

Leg 4 Hong Kong to Auckland

Leg 4 Dinner
Bean Salad (Green Beans, Edamame, White Beans), Dinner roll
Served with
Kung Pao chicken, steamed vegetables and steamed jasmine rice
To finish with
Passionfruit cheesecake, Cheese, tea, coffee

Leg 4 Breakfast
Fresh Fruit salad with Strawberry Yoghurt
Served with
Creamy scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, tomatoes and hash brown
To finish with
tea, coffee

I told you there’s a loft of food involved but was it all good? Yes, they do, above average compared to other airlines. I like the fact that they serve Hong Kong flavours and as an Asian this is a good thing for me. I never thought congee and cup noodles will be served on planes, but they do it in Cathay which I liked very much. To add to that you can have your cup noodles at any time.

My favourite was the Baked chicken and pumpkin with black pepper sauce as well as the Prawn and mushroom congee, both tasted like home cooking. I also loved the side salads, very interesting flavours. Finally, the Movenpick ice creams, a nice way to finish off the meal.

Again, Cathay Pacific did not let us down, great food, great service, we never ran out of options even we were on the last row of the plane.

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