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As the world evolves, so do our palates and choices. Recognizing this shift, Emirates has embarked on a culinary journey that resonates deeply with the growing community of health-conscious and environmentally aware travellers. The airline unveils its expanded vegan menu, a collection of over 300 plant-based recipes, each a testament to the beauty and richness of vegan cuisine.
Emirates’ decision to enhance its vegan offerings is more than a business move; it’s a heartfelt response to the voices of its passengers. The surge in requests for plant-based meals reflects a global trend towards more sustainable and compassionate eating habits. By introducing these new dishes, Emirates is changing menus and adding perspectives, one flight at a time.
The ingredients tell a story of global harmony and sustainability. From the plant-based proteins of Beyond Meat to the delicate textures of Qian Ye pressed tofu, each element is carefully chosen to create a symphony of flavours. Emirates’ collaboration with Bustanica, the world’s largest hydroponic vertical farm, brings freshness and local flavour, bridging the gap between the sky and the earth.
Emirates’ Culinary Adventure Across the Classes
Emirates‘ vegan menu is a journey of discovery, available across all travel classes and lounges. In Economy Class, the humble chickpea is transformed into a crepe filled with vibrant vegetables, while the pumpkin takes centre stage in a frittata that’s both hearty and comforting. Desserts like coconut mousse and banana cake with chocolate crumble are celebrations of nature’s bounty.
In Premium Economy, the culinary experience elevates. Jackfruit curry and squash chestnut stew become canvases for flavour, while chocolate tofu cheesecake and raspberry parfait are odes to the art of vegan patisserie.
Business Class offers a gourmet experience where cauliflower and tofu are stars. The Asian tofu and shiitake mushroom ragout is a dish that tells a story of tradition meeting innovation. First Class is where vegan cuisine becomes an opulent affair. Creamy polenta cake and aubergine curry are expressions of love and care, crafted to nourish and delight.
In embracing vegan cuisine, Emirates is doing more than just feeding its passengers; it’s nurturing hearts, minds, and the planet. As passengers sit back and savour these plant-based delights, they’re supporting a shift towards a more delicious and sustainable way of living. ◼
© This article was first published online in Jan 2024 – World Travel Magazine.