Why I Heart Korean Air

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Taking a flight to Asia is a daunting task. Sitting on a plane for more than 6 hours makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it. Try 18 hours! Thankfully on both my trips to Asia I took Korean Air. And they made it the most enjoyable flight I could have ever imagined.

My first experience with KA was when I went to Japan last September. That flight was direct and only 10 hours. They give you a pillow, blanket, and goody bag filled with slippers, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. I had a window seat, which I prefer and there's enough leg and elbow room for me (but I'm petite). They have the best movie selection ever, so the time flies by. I got to catch up on The Social Network, Wall Street, Easy A, Never Let Me Go, and a bunch of other movies I can't remember this go round.

And the food! Last year I went with the Vegan Oriental Meal. It was pretty good. The flight attendants come around with juice and water every few hours and snacks are available in-between meals. Fruit seemed to be the only choice for vegans. Here are the meal options for vegetarians and vegans. So many choices!

Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal

Neither meat, poultry, fish of any kinds nor product with lard and gelatin are used. Yet meals can contain egg & dairy products are allowed. Main ingredients are grains, fruit, vegetables and vegetable oil.

Vegetarian Vegan Meal

Neither meat, poultry, fish of any kind, product with lard and gelatin, nor diary products and eggs are used. Main ingredients are grains, fruit, vegetables and vegetable oil.

Vegetarian Hindu Meal

Neither meat, poultry, fish of any kind, nor eggs are used. Meals are spicy vegetarian combinations which may contain dairy products.

Vegetarian Jain Meal

Neither meat, poultry, fish of any kind, product with lard and gelatin, nor diary products and eggs are used. No root vegetables such as onion, garlic, ginger are used. Meals are spicy Indian vegetarian combinations.

Vegetarian Oriental Meal

Neither meat, poultry, fish of any kind, product with lard and gelatin, nor diary products and eggs are used. Root vegetables such as onion, garlic, ginger are allowed. Meals are prepared in Oriental style.

For the first leg of my flight last week I went with the Vegetarian Jain Meal, since I don't cook with garlic and onions much and they usually make me very sleepy. It was pretty boring, steamed veggies, salad, roll with vegan butter and fruit. It was nice eating healthy on the plane though. Next leg I went with the standard Vegetarian Vegan Meal. This meal was so rich, a bit too oily for me, but really tasty. So if you want something really simple and healthy go with the Jain meal. If you like Asian food go with the Oriental meal and if you just want some tasty vegan food go with the Vegetarian Vegan meal.

The only I thing I don't like about Korean Air is they make you do a layover in Seoul in hopes that you'll give their country some tourism and do a stopover. The airport there sucks. No vegan options to be found. But they do have free wireless and plugs located around all the gates. Hopefully your layover is not that long and you stuffed yourself on the plane. There's always Starbucks which has soy milk that can suppress your appetite for ya.

Have you flown internationally before? Which airline did you take and what were the plus and minuses of that carrier?


Comment List

  • I've flown Korean Air to Thailand and enjoyed their vegan food also.  I forget what I had, but I loved their spicy sauce!  I <3 spicy food!

  • When I went to Europe in 2009, I flew American Airlines and had no expectations for the food.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised with <a href="http://almostveganblog.com/2009/10/01/almost-vegan-in-the-air/">their vegan accommodations</a>.  I had meals like Israeli couscous w/veggies, curried chickpeas & rice, Italian veggies w/couscous, fruit, salad, and even gluten-free rolls and cookies.  Impressive!


    Korean Air sounds majorly awesome.  Was it a more expensive option?  I've been flirting lately with going to Kuala Lumpur (even though I probably can't afford it…), does Korean Air fly there?

  • Christy Morgan 26 / 01 / 2011 Reply

    @Amber Korean Air was actually the cheapest when I looked. Not sure about KL but probably. It's always cheapest to fly on Tuesday – Thursday.

    Did you see my Malaysia blog? Def check it out. The city north of KL Cameron Highlands is a must as well as the city south called Melakka.

  • Maria 22 / 05 / 2012 Reply

    The last time I was at t the airport in Seoul (2009), I ate bibimbap (vegetables over rice) and asked for it without the usual egg that is on top.  It was delicious and I think it is a pretty standard korean dish.  I can't recall the exact location but it was in a food court.

  • Aishah 16 / 02 / 2014 Reply

    How did you choose special meals from the website? I can’t seem to find the options? I am also searching for it.

    • christy 18 / 02 / 2014 Reply

      This was so long ago I’m really not sure. Please give them a call to designate your meal if you can easily find it on the website.

  • Tiff 23 / 04 / 2017 Reply

    When you say the Vegetarian Oriental is Asian food, does that mean Chinese or Indian? I’ve had both before with VOMLs on other airlines.

    • christy 24 / 04 / 2017 Reply

      This was so long ago I don’t honestly remember! I’ve had both too.

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