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(France 24)   Really love airline food? Singapore Airlines has you covered   (france24.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Singapore Airlines, Singapore, Airport, Qantas, Meal, aviation industry, Airline, Tarmac meals  
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198 clicks; posted to Food » on 13 Oct 2020 at 1:06 PM (11 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-10-13 7:11:50 AM  
This reeks of desperation on the part of the diners. What? There are no safer eating alternatives in Singapore?
 
2020-10-13 1:18:36 PM  
I will say those meals probably taste better since they aren't dealing with the problem of altitude while sitting on the tarmac.  Much of the problems with airline food are designing it to be eaten in a pressurized atmosphere which causes all kinds of issues with your taste buds and therefore requires extra seasoning and processing. This ultimately means regardless of how nice the meal may be, it just won't taste as good at altitude even if it is the same meal you would have at a good restaurant.
 
2020-10-13 3:29:35 PM  

Harlee: This reeks of desperation on the part of the diners. What? There are no safer eating alternatives in Singapore?


Quite the opposite.

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2020-10-13 4:36:22 PM  

nakmuay: Harlee: This reeks of desperation on the part of the diners. What? There are no safer eating alternatives in Singapore?

Quite the opposite.

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I remember back in the 70s, the frigate I was on docked in Singapore. I don't remember the name of the base, but there was a "Raffles" type club there with lazily-turning ceiling fans, high-backed rattan chairs you could fall asleep in, a huge wraparound roofed patio that looked out onto both jungle and the port, and the best damned food and Long Island Iced Teas I ever had, before or since. We were in port for two weeks, and I could have just gone there every day and been happy.

It rained every 20 minutes or so, and you dried out in maybe 5 minutes from the heat, while walking down the road from the docks to the city. That road was lined with those mom and pop food stalls you mentioned. First and only time I ate monkey meat. It was delicious, and I am probably lucky I didn't get some rare disease.

I had a buddy on the ship who got almost-passed-out drunk at one of the bars and staggered out of the bar, leaving his wallet on the table. It was there, untouched, when he went back the next evening. A strange and beautiful country....
 
2020-10-13 4:43:36 PM  

Daedalus27: I will say those meals probably taste better since they aren't dealing with the problem of altitude while sitting on the tarmac.  Much of the problems with airline food are designing it to be eaten in a pressurized atmosphere which causes all kinds of issues with your taste buds and therefore requires extra seasoning and processing. This ultimately means regardless of how nice the meal may be, it just won't taste as good at altitude even if it is the same meal you would have at a good restaurant.


I'm not saying you're wrong, but I can tell you this much.  I've brought my own food on many flights and never had it taste any different when I ate it up in the sky.
 
2020-10-13 6:26:38 PM  

Stormin Gorman: Daedalus27: I will say those meals probably taste better since they aren't dealing with the problem of altitude while sitting on the tarmac.  Much of the problems with airline food are designing it to be eaten in a pressurized atmosphere which causes all kinds of issues with your taste buds and therefore requires extra seasoning and processing. This ultimately means regardless of how nice the meal may be, it just won't taste as good at altitude even if it is the same meal you would have at a good restaurant.

I'm not saying you're wrong, but I can tell you this much.  I've brought my own food on many flights and never had it taste any different when I ate it up in the sky.


Depending on what you got (if it is something familiar) it could be your mind filling in the gaps. For instance if you grab subway from the airport then your taste buds are familiar with the rubber and cardboard taste and fill in the gaps. There is a physiological effect on the body that the altitude and lack of humidity reduces sensitivity of taste and smell, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20​1​50112-why-in-flight-food-tastes-weird
 
2020-10-13 10:09:23 PM  
Sing Air, Korean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa have served me better food in flight than was at the Diamond Club lounge in airports. Additionally, never pass up the opportunity to have a Bloody Mary once the plane has reached altitude.
 
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