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Rice Rocket: Fresh Rice In Flight  
User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

Airline first: Fresh rice in flight

Rice is a staple food for billions of people, but serving it freshly cooked at 35,000 feet has been a luxury that even first-class passengers have not been able to enjoy on commercial airline flights.

Instead, the rice served passengers is typically cooked before takeoff, then reheated for meal service.

Until now.

One of The Boeing Co.'s Japanese suppliers has found a way to make freshly cooked rice in flight.

A spokesman for Japan Airlines said the microwave rice cooker is "reasonably priced," and able to handle the large volumes of rice the airline requires for a meal service.

So far, Japan Airlines is offering the fresh-cooked rice only to business and first-class passengers on the selected routes.


http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/253650_air28.html

I never knew it was such a BIG deal!

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User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1004 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1561 times:
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Quoting BoomBoom (Thread starter):

I never knew it was such a BIG deal!

Neither did I. Last time I had rice served in a plane, I had no qualms when it was cooked. And what is the point of freshly cooked rice if the rest of the food is reheated? Are Japanese taste buds that sensitive?

Best,

Wasim / Planemannyc


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

The interior of aircraft at cruise altitude is equal that of about 5-7,000 ft. (1600-2200m) where the tempature where water reaches boiling is a lot lower than at sea level (maybe 190F/90C vs. 212F/100C). That makes it difficult to reach the proper level of heat in the water to properly cook the rice (baking, other cooking is also affected by altitude for similar reasons). Where rice is such a central part of a diet, such as with Asian cultures, it is highly desirable to offer fresh cooked rice, not some yucky, artifical form of it.

User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3596 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
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Steamed rice is very integral to Japanese meals and many people can tell the difference between rice from different regions. Reheating cooked short-grain rice can either make the rice mushy instead of sticky or leave a shell of dry rice. I've had rice on JAL business and first class meals that had that shell of dry rice.

JAL started serving fresh cooked Uonuma Koshihikari rice on NRT/KIX-LHR and NRT-JFK on Dec 1st. ORD, FRA, CDG, LAX, and SFO are scheduled to recieve this service in March 2006.

http://www.jal.com/en/press/0000373/373.html


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
That makes it difficult to reach the proper level of heat in the water to properly cook the rice (baking, other cooking is also affected by altitude for similar reasons).

That's also one of the reasons why it's hard to get a decent cup of coffee on a flight.


User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

Quoting Planemannyc (Reply 1):
And what is the point of freshly cooked rice if the rest of the food is reheated? Are Japanese taste buds that sensitive?

Not that simple. People can easily tell the difference between freshly cooked rice and reheated (ie microwaved or re-steamed) rice.

Freshly cooked rice makes even reheated food tastes much better.

I wonder what the Chinese carriers will do if this becomes popular. Mmmmmmmmm.



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User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

Quoting Planemannyc (Reply 1):
Neither did I. Last time I had rice served in a plane, I had no qualms when it was cooked. And what is the point of freshly cooked rice if the rest of the food is reheated? Are Japanese taste buds that sensitive?

Out here is would be the equivalent of fresh baked bread or cookies back there. You would tell the difference. Of course we can all get by on less fresh fair, but it is nice to have.


User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Quoting Jet-lagged (Reply 6):
Out here is would be the equivalent of fresh baked bread or cookies back there. You would tell the difference. Of course we can all get by on less fresh fair, but it is nice to have.

Well the airline I typically fly doesn't even serve pretzels anymore, so I guess it all depends on your perspective.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7931 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1252 times:

It is a big deal, try boiling an egg at 35,000 feet. Nice that JAL have put it on the Heathrow flights first (including Osaka). I just missed out on the fresh rice but JAL impressed me when I flew them to Japan in August and to Australia a little later in the year. My expectations were high and the airline did not disappoint.


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User currently offlineBkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1216 times:

Cathay Pacific has had real (not microwave) rice cookers aboard for at least 7 years. They will also prepare real eggs, in a skillet, any style you like.

User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1195 times:

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 7):
Well the airline I typically fly doesn't even serve pretzels anymore, so I guess it all depends on your perspective

Now there's an idea! Fresh hot pretzel's, with cheese toppings, or cinnamon sugar, etc. etc.

Sadly, I don't rate the Fresh Set. Cattle Class for me, so a pack of pretzels are a welcome treat. Most importantly is that I get to fly somewhere!


User currently offlineF27XXX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1168 times:

Quoting Bkkair (Reply 9):
Cathay Pacific has had real (not microwave) rice cookers aboard for at least 7 years. They will also prepare real eggs, in a skillet, any style you like.

My god - that must be quite a chore making eggs to order for over 400 people - how can do that?


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