AirAsia Zest HotMeals:The Right Way To Fly and Dine

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

Some people may not like flying but I find it a wonderful experience. Of course, there are many elements that make up a great flight like the airline you’re flying with, how friendly, helpful, or accommodating the staffs are, the cost of the flight (the lower the cost, the better..heehee), and the meals you eat on board.

A couple of weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be a part of the first group of people to have a taste of the food that composes the AirAsia Cafe Inflight Menu.

I was able to meet Jonathan Yabut, the winner of the hit reality television show The Apprentice Asia. He now works under Mr. Tony Fernandes and he welcomed us with an introduction to AirAsia Zest.

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

AirAsia Zest is the new brand name of Zest Airways Inc. as approved by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). It is now flying with AirAsia, The World’s Best LowCost Airline and the Zest name has been incorporated into the iconic red hot circle, which is the signature logo of AirAsia.

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

AirAsia Zest is indeed The Right Way to Fly because not only do they make sure that they are the The World’s Best LowCost Airline, they also make sure that you get delicious, satisfying, and affordable HotMeals on board. They serve these meals in these cute red containers and you’ll get them as if they were freshly cooked at the back of the plane.

You can buy these meals for ₱200 while on board your flight but you can also Pre-book AirAsia Zest Hotmeals @ via Manage My Booking and get a 15% discount and free 100mL water.

I’m sure you are excited to see how the food was served and how it tastes like. Let me show you…

AirAsia Zest HotMeals

The dishes they serve on the menu is a variation of Asian, international, and vegetarian fares that will surely cater to the different tastes of the guests. Some of these items are even named after AirAsia employees.

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

Maan’s Pasta Arrabiata is a tangy,spicy pasta dish made with tomato sauce, black olives and different herbs. This is a meal good for both pasta lovers and vegetarian.

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak – Nasi Lemak is a Malaysia’s Signature dish composed of rice cooked in coconut milk, Chicken Rendang, and Sambal. AirAsia Zest even took the extra mile to include all the garnishes to complete the meal like crispy anchovies, peanuts, and half a hard boiled egg.

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This is my favorite among all the meals that was served that night. The Chicken Rendang was very tasty and the Sambal’s spiciness packs a punch! I might just book a flight just to get another taste of this Nasi Lemak. And (God, help me) I will order two of these for myself too since AirAsia said I can book up to two (2) meals per flight..LOL!

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

Junior’s Korean Beef Stew is braised beef that is super tender and a bit sweet just enough to satisfy your K-POP tastebuds. I love that it was served with those flower-shaped carrots!

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

I now know why Chicken Adobo Ala Mariles is one of the most popular dishes booked from flights from the Philippines. It is made from chicken breast and has the right balance of sourness, sweetness, and saltiness. It is even served with Adobong Kangkong on the side that is sprinkled with lots of fried garlic!

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

Uncle Chin’s Chicken Rice is Singapore’s signature Heinanese Roasted Chicken. The chicken is served very tender, its flavors oozing in each bite.

AirAsia Zest HotMeals |

..And just in time for the Christmas Season, AirAsia Zest is also offering this Christmas Meal composed of Honey Glazed Chicken, Zesto Dalandan Soda, and a Christmas Brownie for only ₱299 from December 1 -31, 2013.


If you don’t feel like having a heavy meal, opt for one of AirAsia Cafe’s Sandwiches.These are light snacks yet very fulfilling in terms of taste and flavors.

  • The Chicken Caesar Sandwich (₱130) is made of of freshly baked whole wheat bread, caesar dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, and slices of Roasted Chicken to complete the experience.
  • The Roasted Chicken with Sundried Tomato Sandwich (₱130) is made of freshly baked whole wheat bread, pesto dressing, lettuce, sundried tomatoes, and slices of Roasted Chicken to give you that Italian taste and feel.

The Joy Of Desserts

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Meals are not complete without desserts. If you are having a cup of coffee after your meal on board, the Cinnamon Breadsticks (₱80) seems to be the perfect choice to end your meal because cinnamon and coffee just go so well together. If you have kids with you, I suggest the rich and chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (₱80) that is just packed full with chocolate chips!

They also have a Fudgy Brownie Bar (₱90) that is filled with peanuts and a Choco Banana Pound (₱80) cake that is dense and moist.

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It was really a fun dinner from AirAsia in Manila. I learned a lot about how inflight food is prepared, how the quality and safety of the food is kept and maintained, and I learned that you shouldn’t sacrifice your meals even when cruising 35,000 ft above ground.

Book now @ if you’re flying to the following destinations:

  • Fly from / to Manila
    • Domestic
      • Cebu
      • Davao
      • Kalibo
      • Tagbilaran
      • Cagayan De Oro
      • Puerto Princesa
    • International
      • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      • Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
      • Miri, Malaysia
      • Incheon, South Korea
      • Shanghai, China
      • Macau, China

AirAsia Zest flies from NAIA Terminal 4 both for domestic and international flights.

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39 Responses

  1. Wow, I am drooling over my keyboard! The meals look quite tasty…now, if only Air Asia flew to the US.

  2. Those meals do not look like the airplane food that I remember from my childhood. It looks yummy!

  3. I haven’t ride an airplane (what a loser haha).. but one of the airplane I consider whenever I try to plan on travelling via plane is Air Asia 🙂

  4. I am a vegetarian and I love that they have options available for those who don’t like meat.

  5. Looks yummy! And I love adobo, so I’d definitely want to try theirs. I’m not sure I’ll ever fly Air Asia though, unless they expand to cities in the US, and my husband and I fly to the Philippines to visit his extended family.

  6. It’s great that local airlines serves hot meals now. When I was a flight attendant, I used to heat them and serve them on-board Kuwait Airways.:)

  7. Pregnant hungry lady talking, but those look really good. I doubt I will ever be on that airline since we mostly stay in the US but maybe way down the road when we are retired.

  8. Is that airline food?…Wow, looks quite good girl. I will definitely let my parents know as they do travel quite a bit from India.

  9. To be honest, I hate flying but if I had to fly, I would definitely appreciate being served good meals and AirAsia looks like they’ve got their menu right. 🙂

  10. Airplane meals are always much expensive than those sold in regular cafes and restaurants outside the airport. So it’s wiser to bring food when you have the time. In any case, having available food inside the plane is much more convenient.

  11. One of the first things I check when I purchase airline tickets is their menu. Haha! AirAsia Zest seems to have a delicious variation on board! This is good, especially if you’re going on an international flight. I had an experience kasi when I flew to London. I barely ate for 14 hours because I didn’t like the food. D:

  12. Air Asia’s freshly-cooked hot meals offering is something to look forward to. In-flight cooking does away with food poisoning incidences

  13. I will love to taste the Maan’s Pasta Arrabiata. I have never been to Air Asia Zest so hopefully I can fly in here next year

  14. very appetizing, i wonder if these meals are also available in domestic flights… more power Air Asia Zest!!!Yahweh Bless

  15. The food looks yummy and I think the passengers will not only enjoy the ride but also the meals.

  16. We flew AirAsia just last November, and my son was fascinated by their in-flight menu. Ours was a short flight though, so we didn’t actually get to try any of the food. Maybe next time. Everything looks yummy!

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