Friday, March 8, 2013

A simply great lunch on Philippine Airlines to Ho Chi Minh



Today, I flew from Manila to Ho Chi Minh for a weekend of food, art and shopping.

Not necessarily in that order, but hope you get the picture.

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We took the PAL flight at 1240 pm and it landed exactly on time in Ho Chi Minh at 230 PM.

NO TIME FOR MOVIES

It was a pleasant and short flight of just over two hours. We thought we would watch a movie on the way over as we never ever get to watch movies in everyday life; but lunch took up most of the time, and happily so.

I had one of the most delicious inflight lunches in recent memory today, on this flight from Manila to Vietnam. What a nice surprise.

This isn't some kind of paid endorsement, by the way, in case you're wondering. We purchased our tickets online a couple of weeks back, just like most other people.

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GREAT FOOD ON PAL

But the food on PAL today was just fantastic.

I eat in restaurants all the time. And if you read this blog, you'll know that I practically call business class "home" since I'm on a plane almost every week.

So you might say I'm a pretty jaded diner, although I hate using the word "jaded" as it takes all the fun out of life, as far as I'm concerned.

Anyway, "jaded me" had a really good lunch today.

APPETIZERS



We began with a Vietnamese-inspired appetizer medley consisting of a minted chicken pomelo wrap and marinated prawns in a Thai dressing. It was really delicious.


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THREE DELICIOUS CHOICES

Then there were three choices for a main course: Asian, Filipino and Western.

I ordered the Filipino dish and my friend ordered the Asian dish. The Asian entree of stir-fried scallops and shrimps was created by Ferns Aracama.



Meanwhile the Filipino entree was an honest-to-goodness chicken inasal with sinamak, a spicy vinegar, and garlic fried rice.

I just loved my authentic chicken inasal. And to think I was 20,000 feet up in the air while I was having it.

THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE



But the killer of the day was the dessert of a chocolate ganache. It was the best I've had in a very long time: solid, creamy and so full of quality chocolate goodness that I decided it would be terribly sinful not to finish everything up.

In fact, it was so good, I ordered another one and shared it with my friend.

Then I had really good chocolate tablea ice cream with chewy chocolate bits especially made for PAL by Magnolia.



And before we knew it, we were landing in Vietnam for another wonderful adventure in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Our guide and driver took us safely from the airport to the hotel


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