Airplane meals unfortunately have the reputation of being disgustingly bland.
However, by some magic (or the Malaysian food obsession), AirAsia’s in-flight meals have always been SO.GOOD.
With its perfectly balanced chilli sambal and flavourful chicken rendang, the low-cost carrier’s ‘Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak’ is a firm favourite on any Malaysian’s list of top 10 nasi lemaks.
Naturally, it’s no surprise that everyone essentially lost their heads when AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes mentioned that they were planning to open a fast food restaurant during a February 2019 interview with US talk show host Larry King.
Tony also mentioned that the upcoming restaurant will be called Santan and serve up their crazy popular in-flight meals. (THAT MEANS PAK NASSER’S NASI LEMAK!)
He remained mum on further details, but yesterday Tony spilt more tea to his 1.3 million Twitter followers.
Air Asia is opening their first Santan restaurant this December in Mid Valley Megamall!
It’s real. The first Santan restaurant is opening in December in Mid valley. Wow dreams come true. Well done Katherine. Who would have thought airline food to restaurant. Franchises available soon. Your chance to own asean first fast food restaurant. pic.twitter.com/zJC8hLnN8J— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 11, 2019
While no further details on the menu has been confirmed, past evidence has shown that AirAsia certainly knows how to serve up a scrumptious meal.
When the Santan in-flight menu concept was launched in 2015, it was with the goal to provide passengers with a gourmet experience while flying.
Tony himself proudly proclaimed, “our food is as good as restaurant food!”
For now, we can only speculate on which meals will be available at the upcoming fast-food restaurant, but here’s some possible options that are highly popular in the air:
Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak
Uncle Chin’s Chicken Rice
Chicken Teriyaki with Rice
Nasi Padang with Prawn Crackers
Hungry Malaysians also rejoiced at the news while having a bit of fun at the low-cost carrier’s expense:
Seat can be random or must pay for select seat? Hahah joking— مڬت دالم جاوي (@megatz) September 11, 2019
Same taste, but with more legroom, wider seats and more headroom. Can book meals in advance?— c.h. chong (@ahhai) September 11, 2019
Open one soon in Sabah & I want the flight & cabin crew concept please 😆— Sweetprincess Honey (@LuckyH0ney) September 11, 2019
*coughs* got processing fees bila nak bayar bill guna cc? 😂— Eric G (@eric_gpg) September 11, 2019
boarding pass required?— The Inquisitive Observer (@newstradr) September 12, 2019
Tony also revealed that franchises will be available soon. Here’s an opportunity for you, budding entrepreneurs!