Taste9
Quality8.3
Appearance8.6
Quantity8.7
Service9.6
8.8Overall Score

Ie took a trip recently from Tokyo to Frankfurt in premium economy class aboard Japan Airlines. I was excited to take this flight as the strangest inflight meal would be served.

THE KFC INFLIGHT MEAL

For the last few years, Japan Airlines has offered economy and premium economy passengers a range of Air Kentucky Fried Chicken meals from November to February. These meals feature the Colonels 11 secret herbs and spices chicken. This year passengers on flights from Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Helsinki were served the meal as a second meal snack service.

The meal consists of a fresh salad, chocolate walnut cake, coleslaw, a flakey pastry and of course KFC chicken bites.

Due to the loss of taste we have at high altitude the airline and KFC had to alter the recipe to taste the same as your local KFC.

A LESSON ABOUT KFC IN JAPAN

But why KFC and why around Christmas time? It all started many years ago when tourists in Japan couldn’t find Turkey at Christmas time and stumbled along KFC instead.

Year after year it began to become a tradition to buy KFC at Christmas time, so the folks at KFC decided to mass market this idea. Now KFC has become synonymous with the holiday season and it quite the delicacy.

THE VERDICT

Possibly one of the weirdest inflight meals that I have eaten to date. One that will be remembered with great pleasure and yes it did taste like KFC.

Just add the honey maple syrup to the pastry otherwise it’s a little too dry.

THE VIDEO

About The Author

Founder of Inflight Feed

Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.