- Chidozie Uzoezie
Qatar Airways Brings Qatari Flavoursome Meals Onboard
In partnership with the Ministry of Culture in the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways brings national flavours to passengers onboard its flights and at its award-winning lounges. Chef Aisha Al Tamimi has worked with the airline to develop a menu refresh.
Taking inspiration from the local culture in Qatar, Chef Aisha’s dishes will take passengers on a flavourful journey at 40,000 feet in the air. The local Qatari dishes will be available on flights to various routes, including North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and GCC.
The new menu features some of the most iconic national dishes that Qatar is known for, prepared using locally sourced organic ingredients and spices. The new meals include entrees, main courses and desserts:
Qatari Chicken Machboos – A marinated chicken basmati rice dish, served alongside a daqoos red chilli sauce filled with an abundance of the region’s aromatic spices. The dish is garnished with crispy onions and chopped parsley.
Qatari Madrubah – A slowly cooked dish that consists of ground oats with boneless shredded chicken. Qatari seasoning is added with dried lemon, and natural green herbs.
Qatari Mashkool – A basmati rice dish that consists of fried chicken, eggplant, and potatoes, mixed together with coconut milk. The dish is garnished with a layer of almonds and crispy onions.
Qatari Chicken Jareesh – A chopped chicken dish that is cooked with wheat, onions and Arabic gee, garnished with crispy onion and green chilly salsa.
Qatari style breakfast platter – A variety of local dishes including saffron and cardamom, flavoured balaleet vermicelli, eggs and tomatoes scrambled eggs, and traditional beans with onion and garlic. The platter is served alongside a basket of Arabic bread.
The airline’s Qatari menu refresh will introduce passengers to the culture of Qatar from a culinary perspective. Embracing the local ingredients, the airline has chosen to use Chef Aisha’s personally made spices for all the dishes. Her signature key ingredients include: cardamom, black pepper, salt, cumin, black lime, paprika and red chilli peppers.
Passengers with specific dietary requirements or restrictions can request special meals that do not sacrifice quality or flavour ahead of their travels. The special meals use high quality local ingredients that align with each passenger’s needs.
Qatar Airways has created meals for every dietary need, including vegan and vegetarian, religious needs, medical needs and even children’s meals. Passengers flying in Business Class can dine on demand at any point throughout their flight.