Scoot is Singapore Airline’s budget carrier arm. The airline flies to many regional destinations as well as some long-haul. The carrier has even started to fly to places such as Honolulu, Athens and Berlin. The bulk of the food offerings with Scoot is pretty much standardized. The only exception are those routes that are too far or where the plane isn’t making a direct turnaround back to Singapore. For these flights, the food menu gets a bit interesting.
Those flying on Scoot’s ex-KIX (Osaka) get a treat in terms of a special menu with hot meals that are entirely distinct from those the carrier offers on any other route. The main reason for this is that the aircraft for ex-KIX flights don’t immediately come from Singapore and as such, Scoot needs to get a caterer from KIX to prepare the meals. The aircraft ex-SIN usually comes from either Taipei or Honolulu.
Those used to local flavors such as nasi lemak and braised chicken will note the lack of spicier flavors on the ex-KIX menu. For people like me who can’t really take spicy food, that is a godsend!
It is worth noting that the inflight meals can be purchased onboard or upon booking of one’s flight. This is with the exception of the premium meals which come with drinks, side and dessert. On the flights ex-KIX, there are 4 hot meals to choose from which cost S$18 each, 1 premium meal which goes for S$27.99 and another 4 light meals which cost S$15. Here, I’ll be covering 3 of the 4 hot meals as well as the premium meal.
For a hot meal that’s served on a budget carrier’s flight, the seafood paella was a surprise with its plump portions of shrimp and shellfish. The rice that it comes with is infused with saffron, giving it a fragrant flavor. Among the standard hot meal options, this was my favorite.
Yakisoba with Sauteed Chicken and Vegetables
If you’d rather have noodles than rice, the Yakisoba is a worthwhile option. The fine strands of noodles reminded me a bit of yee mee or efu noodles. It came with small chunks of chicken with the red paprika giving it an edge in flavor.
Beef Curry with Rice
As is typical of airplane meals with lots of sauce, the curry on the Beef Curry with Rice was more solid than the ones you’ll find on the ground. The beef were cut into relatively thin slices with a pretty generous serving.
Beef Sukiyaki with Rice
The premium meal selection on the ex-KIX flight is the Beef Sukiyaki with Rice. It is priced slightly higher, at around S$27.99, compared to the other premium meals which normally goes for S$21. Probably the tastiest meal I’ve had the chance to try on a Scoot flight, the hot dish came brimming with tender beef slices. Don’t think of it as the conventional sukiyaki though, you won’t find any soup here. The taste was more reminiscent of the beef bowls that you get in Japan and it came with salad and a cupcake as a side dish. The dessert is quite a contrast from what you’d get on the usual premium meal which comes with Haagen Dazs ice cream instead.
I have flown with Scoot quite a number of times and found the meals served on the ex-KIX flight to be a step up from the normal food offering. I was surprised to find a number of decent seafood options in particular. The meat options are also more generous, with touches of Japanese sensibilities. For those yearning for a taste of Singapore, you’ll have to wait until after you land at Changi Airport.