Korean Air will serve a Korean-style vegan meal among its inflight meal options. Beginning in March, the flag carrier will start serving vegan dishes inspired by traditional Korean cuisine.
The move is to accommodate the growing number of vegan passengers. At the same time, the Korean-style vegan dishes are seen as eco-friendly options that will help reduce carbon emissions in comparison to meat-based alternatives.
The airline’s new Korean vegan meals will be made using a variety of fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients. That means passengers can expect appetising dishes packed with natural flavours.
Inspired by traditional Korean temple cuisine, dishes including steamed barley rice with burdock, mung bean jelly salad, roasted shiitake mushrooms plus roasted tofu with plum salsa sauce will be available to passengers in all classes. Ginkgo nut porridge and roasted yam with soybean paste will be available for Prestige and First class passengers.
The Korean vegan dishes served will vary according to the route and season. They will be available to pre-order on all international routes departing from Korea in March. Passengers will be able to pre-order meals through Korean Air’s website, mobile application or service centre up to 24 hours prior to the departure of their flight.
In total six types of vegetarian meal options are served aboard Korean Air flights: vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, East Asian vegetarian, Hindu vegetarian, Jain vegetarian and raw vegetarian.
Additionally, in March Korean Air will introduce a new selection of wines for onboard consumption. The airline’s wine selection was formerly composed mostly of traditional French wines. It has expanded to include wines from other European countries and continents.
The selection was made in collaboration with Marc Almert, who the International Sommelier Association named World’s Best Sommelier 2019. The new selection of wines will initially be offered on the airline’s Los Angeles, New York and Paris routes. They will be gradually rolled out across all routes.
Korean Air has a fleet of 156 aircraft and its hub is Incheon International Airport. It serves 120 cities in 43 different countries and is among the founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance.