Malaysia Airlines Sydney-KL-Frankfurt ~ the little lioness

Malaysia Airlines Sydney-KL-Frankfurt

Didya hear? I uploaded all my holiday photos to Flickr. Woo! Now, you can either be a keen bean and head straight on over there, or wait for the piece by piece installments that will filter through over the coming however long. I’ve decided to go city by city, but will give you the first post about a place I spent over two days – on Malaysia Airlines planes.

MH122 Sydney-KL June 28

Not the best trip – quite a full plane, and the IFE system for the block of seats we were in was screwy (cutting in and out, some buttons not working for Rish so no TETRIS). But they got the food right. For me, that meant they actually had Vegan food where promised. I care not so much about the meat side, I order vegan (VGML) for the lack of dairy and generally low-fat nature of it.

Dinner SYD-KUL. Generic overcooked veges, a pasta salad, fruit for dessert.

“Continental Breakfast” shortly before landing. For the Vegans, the muesli bar is NOT vegan, contains honey.

MH6 KL-Frankfurt
After killing a few hours in KLIA, we were back on a plane, off the Frankfurt. Seated nicely, 3 people in a 5 seater row, working IFE, we were set for the gruelling overnight flight. I think I got about 3 hours sleep between dinner and ‘snack’ (which for vegos was a similar roll to the breakfast one above. Chocolate and cheese for the normals).

Inflight meals Malaysia Airlines KL-Frankfurt
Supper KUL-FRA. Vege curry, fruit, and some standard salad. Have to say I have happy with the wine MAS had on offer. Got a few glasses down of the white in my time with them!

Inflight meals Malaysia Airlines KL-Frankfurt
Breakfast before Frankfurt. Highlight – The SAGO PUDDING! mmm. beats your yoghurt, milk eaters!.

MH5 FRA-KUL June 16
Wow, look at that, how did that time go? (seriously, getting my on that train back to Frankfurt was a worry. Don’t wanna!). And before we know it we’re flying to Malaysia for four days of eating.

MH5 to KL
Scored the two seater at the side of the 2-5-2 config plane. Was only about half full this flight.

MH5 to KL
I really like how Malaysia Airlines are quick to bring around drinks (water, juice, and strangely beer) and nuts after takeoff. I find it strange how they don’t hand out head sets for ages, and collect them so early. Quirks! BTW these peanuts contain nuts.

MH5 to KL
Lunch. Special comment for the strange, cold, green samosa-like beings. Weird.

MH5 to KL
No special vegan VGML snacks this time. Yeah, like you want me eating cheese and chocolate on your confined plane. You’ll get me dry crackers from elsewhere? Thx!

MH5 to KL
I think it might be the German side of things not getting the whole dairy is not part of a vegan diet thing. Left the yoghurt, ate the croissant.

MH123 KUL-SYD June 20 (gong home!)
Overnight flight, we hit KLIA with enough time to dash through duty free (yay!) and get to the gate to board. Gotta love how MAS passengers can check in at the KLIA Ekspres station. (also gotta love Malaysia and it’s phonetic spelling!)…

Scored the 3 seater of the 3-4-3 config 747, which allowed Rish some sleepage. (I just had more of that wine and watched foreign crime thrillers)

Part of the plane we found on the floor.
Part of the plane we found under the seat in front. Another clunking noise, possibly a loose panel in the loos, also had us speculating

MH123 to Sydney
Supper. Vegelicious.

Who wants breakfast? No us, given the offerings!

"Continental VGML Breakfast"
For me, some unidentifiable half-dry half-soggy roll.

"Continental VGML Breakfast"
?is it cabbage? Why did I eat this?

MH123 to Sydney
Standard breakfast. Sugar loaded – chocolate muffin, yoghurt, muesli bar. He passed. The kids in front loved it!

MH123 to Sydney
Sunrise over NSW. Love the window for things like this.

And we’re through. I have to say that overall I’m happy with Malaysia Airlines. The food overall is fine as far as Economy goes, they don’t always get the Vegan thing, but there were some valiant attempts. Legroom rocks over Emirates. Working IFE would have improved things, as the IFE working flights just flew. And their wine is good. Perhaps they should serve that at take off instead of beer? Oh and all our bags made it through all the flights. Well done!



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10 comments for “Malaysia Airlines Sydney-KL-Frankfurt

  1. June 27, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I so love plane food posts! Brilliant :D Though on Qantas, I’ve always been under the impression that VGML just meant vegetarian, not vegan? Maybe the Germna flights were the same?

    And hey, at least you had one nice thing, the sago pudding, in all these flights…. :P

  2. June 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Hmm some of those dishes look pretty dismal :( Which airline do you like best for vegan food?

  3. June 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

    @ Hannah

    From Malaysia Airlines
    Vegetarian Meals
    Vegetarian Meals (VGML)
    Does not contain all by-products of animals.

    Margarine and cooking oil should be pure vegetable oils.

    Western (Lacto-Ovo) Vegetarian (VLML)
    Contains eggs and dairy products and all plant-derived foods, but not meat, poultry, fish or shellfish and their products.

    Western (Non-Dairy) Vegetarian (VGML)
    Contains only plant-derived foods, but does not contain dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, honey, fish or shellfish or their products.

    Asian Indian Vegetarian (AVML)
    Contains only plant-derived foods and dairy products. Meals are cooked Indian style.

    @Lorraine – Not TOO experienced at getting special meals, but have to say that apart from the disgusting looking roll they were at least all edible. Nothing looked as good as your Business class reviews in Emirate, of course ;)

  4. June 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Also, Hannah, most airlines now don’t have a “Vegetarian” AND a “Vegan” meal, they just serve a Vegan one (or attempt to) rather than stocking two separate ones.

  5. June 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

    There really can be huge differences in terms of plane foods can’t there! I found Qantas (international) did ok-gluten free meals :)

  6. June 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Well, I’m convinced! :P And that does make sense, from a business-money-making standpoint…

    • June 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      Next time I may try and see what a “non-lactose” meal looks like.

  7. June 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    those green triangle things look kinda weird haha and lol at finding the spare part!

  8. June 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I ordered vegetarian on SAS a few years ago and got the oddest meals. Black and green beans on cold rice with hot tomatoes on the side. It was odd.

    Can’t say I’m too keen on those cold green things, they look particularly oogy.

    • June 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm

      I think I only ate the green things out of curiousity. And because I was on my 2nd wine.

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