7 Airlines With The Best Local In-Flight Meals

No more plain plane food.

When I first flew to Hong Kong a few years ago, I could not wait to get off the plane. Not because the flight was long or uncomfortable. Rather, I wanted to hit Hong Kong soil as soon as possible so I could immediately sprint to a “Cha Chaan Teng” – Hong Kong’s local kopitiamtype cafes – and sink my teeth into a buttered bun and a hot cup of rich silky milk tea.

Ah, the stuff of dreams.

Travelers nowadays are far more fortunate. On some airlines, they don’t even have to wait for landing. They can sample a mouth-watering array of iconic local favourites  right in the air!

Had I been on a Cathay Dragon flight to Hong Kong for instance, I would have been far less anxious to get off the plane. See, Cathay Dragon flights are known for their food. In the past, they’ve partnered with famous local restaurants to create seasonal menus featuring traditional tasty treats.

The latest edition of their ‘Hong Kong Delights’ in-flight menu draws inspiration from their beloved Cha Chaan Teng culture and features a range of classic favourites. Until 15 May 2017, travelers on all classes can now enjoy a cup of Hong Kong style milk tea in-flight, while egg tarts and pineapple buns are on First and Business Classes. First Class travelers also get to sample a coconut-filled cocktail bun.

Cathay Dragon’s latest offerings take a page from Cha Chaan Teng culture.

This coconut-filled cocktail bun is available on selected First Class flights to Beijing and Shanghai.

But if you’re not heading to Hong Kong anytime soon, don’t worry. Here are other airlines serving up delicious local fare in the sky.