KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines said it will improve the quality of food in their flights, in response to celebrity chef Chef Wan's comment last Wednesday on the 'sad-looking Nasi Lemak' served in the airline's economy class, reported Malaysian website Astro AWANI.
During his flight to Bangkok, Chef Wan had posted a photo on his Instagram account which showed a box of nasi lemak with a half-boiled egg cutting a lonely figure on top, devoid of the customary sliced cucumbers, fried nuts and ikan bilis. In the accompanying comments, he called it 'telanjang' (Malay for naked or bare).
When asked to comment on the picture, the Malaysian flag carrier said in a statement made to Astro AWANI that it will continue to improve the standard of their food.
"Malaysia Airlines would like to thank Chef Wan for his comments on the standard of the nasi lemak served in economy class in a flight to Bangkok. We appreciate all comments and will take immediate action to improve the standard of food on our flights," said Malaysia Airlines.
In his Instagram post, Chef Wan expressed shock at the nasi lemak served during his flight. He also alluded to the fact that the nasi lemak looks cheap without the usual sliced cucumbers, fried nuts and ikan bilis.
He felt that the nasi lemak is Malaysia's national heritage food, but lamented at the 'inconsistency when it (came) to serving this dish' on international flights.
Here's Chef Wan's Instagram post in full:
I flew on economy to Bangkok thinking its such a short trip and so early pulak tu pasti i will close my eye and have a short nap tak payah lah membazir duit naik business class.
This Sad looking Nasi Lemak from Mas for sarapan sungguh memeranjat kan ..The fact that its our national career and we don't take pride in providing our so call most famous Malaysian breakfast that kita Agong2 kan bangga serata dunia and to show case this on international flight without the proper timun and kacang serta ikan bilik nampak macam miskin sangat sarapan Malaysia ini.
Kita orang Malaysia sudah pasti la tahun akan quality Nasi lemak serta pilihan lauk2 that goes along with it but hey....what about all that international travellers.
Seriously i feel sad that our Msian Breakfast can suffer its own image so misleading to the point where i felt the need for them to realised how serious this can be. Why la so much in consistency when it come to serving This dish at various destinations? Why my flight ticket cost me rm850 tu maka (so it's not) its not business class enough ke that i am serve Nasi and Sambal with telor that make my breakfast so mcm " Telanjang la" Come on la Mas tak kan kita nak selalu membebel pasal simple basic thing of serving the country national heritage food and dah macam pahat serta pemukul?