From October 1, 2019, UAE travellers on board Cebu Pacific flights will be able to try new hot and fresh meals, all of which are halal-certified, and adhere to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system for international food safety.
The new menu includes rice and noodle dishes, savoury sandwiches, as well as options for vegetarian passengers.
Cebu Pacific director for inflight catering and sales JB Bueno said in a statement: "As every Cebu Pacific flight is journey to or from home, we have designed this refreshing inflight menu to bring a feeling of comfort in the form of simple meals and familiar tastes."
Among the new lineup is the Pinoy spaghetti – a Filipino take on the classic spaghetti. Spaghetti noodles are served in a sweet tomato-based sauce with sliced sausages and topped with grated cheddar cheese. A lighter option is chicken yakisoba—stir-fried soba noodles with savoury chicken bits and crisp vegetables served in a sweet and tangy soy-based sauce.
Rice dishes the airline offers are: beef salpicao, beef chunks seasoned in soy sauce and garlic served with garlic rice; the Hainanese chicken rice, a Singaporean offering of steamed chicken served with bok choy and seasoned rice; and the fish fillet in black bean sauce, served with white rice and a side of bok choy.
For quick bites, there’s the roasted chicken sandwich - toasted panini bread with roasted chicken, sautéed spinach, and grated cheddar cheese with a garlic aioli spread; and the crab salad sandwich - shredded crab sticks and vegetables tossed in a mayonnaise-based dressing with a hint of spice on brioche bread.
Vegetarians can have the veggie pesto sandwich, consisting of tomato, lettuce and mozzarella layered on top of pesto in ciabatta bread.
The new on-board halal-certified meals are available for pre-order upon booking a flight, or managing a booked flight on the Cebu Pacific website. “Our meals being on pre-order also helps us guarantee less food wastage, and is in line with efforts towards more sustainable practices and operations,” added Bueno.
The on-board meals also come with nutritional and product information, as reference for an increasing number of health-conscious passengers on CEB.