Hello everyone! I, Mr. Eats, just got back from a short but sweet trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—for the first-ever AirAsia Santan Food Fest at AirAsia’s RedQ. Located just outside the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The event showcased the gastronomical delights of Santan hot meals from across AirAsia’s network, including the latest signature dish, Thai Green Curry with Rice. An aromatic chicken curry infused with authentic Thai spices served with fluffy fragrant white rice. Why Santan? Well, Santan, also known as coconut milk, is a popular ingredient and a cooking base used in various Southeast Asian cuisines because of its rich flavor. Join me, as I walk you guys through my EATSperience of the first AirAsia Santan Food Fest – Asean Flavors for Everyone, enjoy!
Before the Santan Food Fest, I had so much fun going around AirAsia Malaysia headquarters, RedQ. I loved the open spaces, chill out areas, themed meeting rooms, colorful walls, and many more. The huge space right in the middle of RedQ had a very vibrant set up that featured different booths for different Asean and Asian countries.
Santan Food Fest!
“The Santan Food Festival was attended by more than 200 members of the media and key influencers from 16 markets – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and India.” -AirAsia Press
At the event, AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “Food is a great unifying factor across the region. What we are doing is bringing the wonderful flavours of Asean into Santan to create a unique food experience, with the vision of replicating the on-ground gourmet experience on-board. The flavour profile and pricing of in-flight food has always been a challenge but we believe that with Santan, we can create the first restaurant brand in the sky that is both tasty and affordable.” It was an amazing experience listening to Mr. Tony Fernandes talk about Santan and his passion of promoting and supporting everything Asean and Asian in all their flights.
Time to EATSperience AirAsia’s Santan!
“AirAsia’s award-winning Santan menu offers the most extensive variety of in-flight meals for guests to choose from both onboard and via online pre-booking. These include tantalizing hot meals, kids meals, savory snacks, healthier selections such as wraps and sandwiches and local desserts personalized to suit the preferences of guests travelling across AirAsia’s extensive route network.” -AirAsia Press
I extremely enjoyed the Chicken Rice. The rice was on point and the chicken was still moist.
The Korean Kimchi Stir-fried Chicken was surprisingly good! It was spicy yet still very flavorful—I finished it in no time.
It was a toss up between the Nasi Lemak and Pad Thai. I enjoyed both dishes because of its taste that has an amazing quality.
Of course, it’s Chicken Adobo for the Philippines’ contribution to AirAsia’s Santan. I honestly loved this version of the ever famous adobo because of its sour and salty sauce with lots of rice and of course, juicy chicken slices. Well done, AirAsia!
Before I end this EATSperience, I would like to thank AirAsia for this amazing EATSperience! It was great EATSperiencing their Santan meals while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of RedQ. I also learned a lot of valuable things from Mr. Tony Fernandes during the press conference. I admire his passion for what he is doing and his vision not only for AirAsia but for all the different countries that they cater to.
Next time you fly with AirAsia, I encourage you to pre-book your meals to enjoy greater savings with the Santan Combo Meal and to choose from a wider variety of meals. Guests who pre-book will be assured of meal availability and will enjoy priority meal service on-board. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! ‘Till next time!