Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of flying with Malaysia Airlines on two separate trips – once from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in business class, and again from Bali to Manila via KL in economy class. And let me tell you I still think about the mouth-watering satay service.
On MH 149, a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, I settled into my seat and perused the inflight menu and amenity kit that were waiting for me at my seat. Before takeoff, the crew kindly offered me a hot towel and a choice of drinks – a lovely touch that set the tone for the rest of the flight.
Since it was a night flight, the airline offered a dine-anytime supper service followed by a complete breakfast offering.
Despite being seated in the very last row, I was pleasantly surprised when the crew started the service at my row just 10 minutes after takeoff. I decided to start with a refreshing sparkling water and a packet of nuts.
My eyes were quickly drawn to the satay selection. I couldn’t resist trying a mix of chicken and beef. Satay, a classic Malaysian dish of grilled chicken or beef on skewers, is often difficult to replicate at 40,000 feet. Served with a spicy peanut sauce and sides of cucumber and onion, it’s a true delight that Malaysia Airlines manages to deliver with impressive authenticity.
The skewers were simply delicious – juicy, flavorful, and perfectly grilled.
I also opted for the egg noodles, which looked promising on the menu but had me worried when I caught a whiff of instant noodles as soon as I opened the lid. The meal is basically instant noodles dressed with protein and vegetables by the crew. I ate some of the protein but hardly touched the rest of the dish and asked for something else to eat. (Most other options had run out!)
Shortly after, I received a tray with some cheese and fruit, which was perfect. The dine-anytime menu has limited quantities of food items. If you’re particular about what to eat, I suggest asking the crew to put aside your choice.
I slept for a few hours and then enjoyed the breakfast service about 1.5 hours before landing. This time the crew began the service from row 1. Breakfast offered three choices, and I opted for the Nasi Lemak.
I received my tray containing fresh fruit, yogurt, and a fruit smoothie Not long after, I received the Nasi Lemak, which was delicious.
Of all the MH flights I have taken recently, the crew on this flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne was by far the loveliest and friendly. From the moment I stepped onboard, I was greeted with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. Throughout the flight, the cabin crew went above and beyond to ensure that each passenger was comfortable and well taken care of.