5.175 16/11-9/7 Somewhere over the Yellow Sea: Prestigious Repast

-Cycle 5, Item 175-
29 (Sun) June 2014

Prestigious Repast


by Korean Air

on Flight KE 137

-Somewhere over the Yellow Sea-


16/11.  For 16 days--a weekend in the Philippines, a 3-day workshop in Lao (see generally 5.170 A Deep-Fried Cricket), a weekend in Korea, a 2-day workshop in Fiji (see generally 5.178 Bibimbab), a few airport layovers in between--my itinerary will ultimately take me through 11 cities, more-or-less at dinnertime, providing me the opportunity to have dinner in all of them--though I've now missed 2.    

This is Day 9 (see previously 5.173 Small Fries).

Incheon was supposed to be City 7.  Flying out tonight to Fiji through Incheon International Airport*--yes, Incheon is a distinct city, the country's 3rd largest, with a population of 2.9 million--the plan was to have dinner in the business-class lounge, but I got to the airport late and had to board right away, no time for a meal on the ground.

And so, another missed city, Somewhere over the Yellow Sea will have to suffice as the 7th locale in series.

*No direct flights from the Philippines to Fiji, the options are either to go through Incheon or Hong Kong.  Opting for Incheon, I got a free weekend at home, thank you very much.

Smoked salmon (3.5)--quite nice, especially with the Perrier-Jouet Champagne, a very auspicious beginning.

Shrimp with mixed mushrooms (2.75)--light and fresh, but kinda bland, everything downhill from here.

Mushroom rice with soy-chili sauce (1.75)--pretty much as it looks, just steamed rice with bits of chopped mushrooms; better in its simplicity than most of the crap back in coach, but lacking in the sophistication that I'd expect from business.

Side dishes: garlic stems + anchovies & chilies --would've preferred a single plate of good kimchi.

Cheese + fruit--didn't partake.

Carrot cake + ice cream--didn't partake.

According to duty travel protocols for officers of United Nations agencies, one-way flight time in excess of 9 total hours entitles the officer to a business-class ticket.

No direct route, the trip from Manila, Philippines, to Suva, Fiji, consists of approximately 15 hours: 4 hours to Incheon + 10 hours Nadi + 1 hour to Suva--so I get to fly business, thank you very much.

On Korean Air, business class is branded as "Prestige Class."

Ramyeon with bean sprouts (2.5)--actual boiled ramyeon (as opposed to cup ramyeon), available upon request as a midnight snack, pretty good after a few/many drinks.

Bulgogi (2.0)--for breakfast; better than a typical omelette, I guess.

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