Fliers of Cebu Pacific are in for a treat as the airline company just unveiled a new set of tasty inflight menu.
Charo L. Lagamon, Cebu Pacific’s director for corporate communications, during a recent press event, revealed “It’s going to be part of your journey, your experience in Cebu Pacific. In September, your journey will start on board with these new flavors and treats.”
The menu is composed of 12 new dishes ranging from light meals to satisfying rice dishes as prepared by MIASCOR-Gate Gourmet Philippines.
Jem Calungcaguin, Cebu Pacific’s manager for inflight sales and merchandise told InterAksyon, “We’ve been continuously developing the menu for our pre-ordered meals. With the previous ones, we have received feedback from our passengers and also from our cabin crew, and we’ve taken consideration of all those insights.
“Those insights inspired us to think maybe it’s time for us also to freshen the range because our travellers—especially the frequent ones–might have tried everything already.”
Known for offering mostly Filipino staples, Cebu Pacific expanded their menu’s flavor profiles and incorporated Asian flavors and Western ones.
“This one so far is the widest array of meals that we have for our pre-ordered meals. We are very excited to launch it because this time, we’re going to cater to more people and more taste palates,” Calungcaguin pointed out.
The new dishes, which are all Halal-certified and adhere to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), are composed of four sandwiches, one pasta, one noodle dish, and then the rest are rice meals as developed by Chef Mark Ledesma, executive sous chef of MIASCOR Gate Gourmet Manila.
“It’s inspiration comes actually from different destinations and flavor palates that we were trying to target,” Chef Ledesma shared during a cooking demo.
Ledesma assured that these dishes are prepared a few hours before the scheduled flight to ensure freshness and quality.
Cebu Pacific fliers can pre-order these dishes on all flights departing 24 hours or more from the time of booking.
For domestic flights, the selection is limited to light snacks like sandwiches, whereas all the 12 dishes are available for international or long haul flights.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific’s new inflight menu is divided into categories namely the Filipino series, Asian series, and Western series.
Filipino all-time favorites
According to Calungcaguin, the Filipino series consists of top local dishes that Pinoys never tire of enjoying even when dining out in restaurants or cafés.
Pancit Bam-i Guisado
This Cebuano fare is a combination of vermicelli noodles, egg noodles, blackwood ear mushrooms, and seasonal vegetables.
Apart from the usual taro leaves and coconut milk, Cebu Pacific reinvented this staple Bicolano dish by adding beef to make it even more filling.
Spicy Bangus Sisig
Definitely a Filipino favorite, fliers can now enjoy sisig—served with hot rice, of course—during their flight.
Beef Tapa and Egg Burrito
Served as a breakfast burrito, this dish consists of tapa, scrambled eggs, and papaya relish wrapped in a soft tortilla.
For the Asian series, Cebu Pacific incorporated traditional cooking methods and flavors of both Southeast Asia and Middle East.
Beef Chelo Kebab
Meat lovers will love this dish is inspired from the traditional beef koobideh in bamboo skewers.
Salted Egg-Glazed Chicken
Cebu Pacific replies to the salted egg craze with its version of salted egg-glazed chicken. Enjoy it with rice or as a hearty filling for a French baguette sandwich.
Instead of the usual satay, Cebu Pacific developed a different version of this dish by using cashew nuts for the sauce.
Lastly, the Western series consists of familiar pasta and baked fish dishes as well as two croissant sandwiches.
Chicken Alfredo Pasta
The only pasta dish for this menu selection, the dish is comprised of linguini pasta tossed in alfredo sauce concocted by Chef Ledesma. The sauce has chicken bits, and then made savory with parmesan cheese.
Baked Dory Tropicale
This dish is made up of baked fillet of dory topped with lightly creamy tropical sauce. It comes with rice, and a side dish of steamed vegetables.
Chicken Caesar Croissant
This is light, satisfying fare of buttery flaky croissant with chicken caesar filling and romaine lettuce.
Hazelnut Banana Croissant
Those looking for a sweet treat can try this chocolate marbled croissant, which has a generous spread of hazelnut and filled with caramelized banana.