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sfflyer123
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Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:12 pm

I visited Hong Kong for work, and I had some time to tour around and get some good food. I must say that the food in Hong Kong is quite delicious. I live in San Francisco (hence the handle), and I think we are very lucky to have good Chinese food here. However, when I went to Hong Kong, that took it to the next level. It was pretty spectacular there, no question. They take their food very seriously in Hong Kong, and it shows. Here is a quick video of my food experience:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHWu38B4mlw

After some good food, I was to travel back to San Francisco. I flew in UA's B747 product, which I think is quite good. I had an economy class ticket, which I had upgraded using a systemwide upgrade. It was pretty phenomenal. The entire trip report is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0senKh2Gzk

I first stop off at the SQ lounge in HKG since I am * Gold. They have some great food for us here:

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Breakfast at SQ lounge by sfflyer123, on Flickr

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SQ lounge by sfflyer123, on Flickr

I then head to the UA lounge, and my video shows a tour of the place there. I then head to the gate to do some plane spotting. HKG has some pretty amazing planes, ones that we don't see in the states. It's always amazing to see the different kinds of livery that planes have. HKG is a very modern airport.

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plane ready by sfflyer123, on Flickr

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plane by sfflyer123, on Flickr

I then get on board on the lower deck. I like the lower deck when traveling alone because it's easier to get out over the aisle passenger since the headroom and legroom is much better. The upper deck is a nicer cabin, but it's very difficult to get out of unless your traveling partner is someone you know:

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seat by sfflyer123, on Flickr

After take off, I have some red wine and I start with the warm nut service. UA went all cashews for a while, then they went back to mixed nuts.

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warm nuts by sfflyer123, on Flickr

I then start with the salad and the salmon appetizer. Both were excellent:

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salad by sfflyer123, on Flickr

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appetizer by sfflyer123, on Flickr

I then have the duck breast for my entree. It was just okay. Not terribly good. The texture was rubbery. But this wasn't just on UA; it was also like this on my SQ business class flight a few years ago. Maybe duck just isn't meant to be served in the air or it's supposed to be eaten fresh.

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duck by sfflyer123, on Flickr

I finish with the cheese course at the end. I'm so stuffed that I cannot have dessert. There is so much food. The warm nuts really fill you up. The cheese on UA are excellent, but the problem is that they really need to give you more crackers. There is too much cheese, and not enough crackers. I suppose this is good if you're on a low-carb diet, though.

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cheese by sfflyer123, on Flickr

After a nice nap, I wake up in time for breakfast. Although there are 3 options listed on the menu, they only offer me one: cornflakes. I guess it's that or nothing. So I eat the cornflakes. They pretty much are what you'd expect: cornflakes are about as boring as any cereal could possibly be.

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cornflakes by sfflyer123, on Flickr

Again, my complete trip report (100% commercial free and 100% ad-free) is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0senKh2Gzk

I do hope you enjoy it, and thank you for watching.
 
Mack8994
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:28 pm

Hi sfflyer123, great trip report... One day I hope to make it to Asia. The UA product looks good.
I also follow your videos on YouTube. Great job!
Cheers from Canada!
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KLAXAirport
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:01 am

The wait is finally over. Great TR as always sff.

Cheers,
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Alitalia744
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:05 am

I'd say the duck issue is the airline.

I've had amazing duck on board Air France.
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modesto2
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:22 am

Great report but that cereal looks pathetic.
 
toby25
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:26 am

Very nice TR. I often see the UA 747 at the gates in HKG along with the 777 heading to ORD I think. Trust me, HKG might be a food paradise but you quickly begin to develop those love handles haha. Need to work them off!
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chiawei
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:19 am

UA is still pathetic.

Food is still as bad as it can be. Especially the corn flake.

I am glad I don't have to pay $15k to fly UA like my boss is in 2 week.

I will pay my $7400 on SQ can call it a good day.
 
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:13 pm

You had me at "Hong Kong eats". Love that place & it's fooood.

Quoting sfflyer123 (Thread starter):
Although there are 3 options listed on the menu, they only offer me one: cornflakes. I guess it's that or nothing. So I eat the cornflakes. They pretty much are what you'd expect: cornflakes are about as boring as any cereal could possibly be.

Ah that really blows! What a pity.

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sfflyer123
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:23 am

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 1):
Hi sfflyer123, great trip report... One day I hope to make it to Asia. The UA product looks good.
I also follow your videos on YouTube. Great job!
Cheers from Canada!

Thank you very much! Cheers!

Quoting KLAXAirport (Reply 2):
The wait is finally over. Great TR as always sff.

Cheers,
KLAXAirport

Thank you!

Quoting alitalia744 (Reply 3):
I'd say the duck issue is the airline.

I've had amazing duck on board Air France.

LOL. Very true. very true...

Quoting modesto2 (Reply 4):
Great report but that cereal looks pathetic.

Thanks. Yes, box cereal is pretty sad, right?

Quoting toby25 (Reply 5):
Very nice TR. I often see the UA 747 at the gates in HKG along with the 777 heading to ORD I think. Trust me, HKG might be a food paradise but you quickly begin to develop those love handles haha. Need to work them off!
Toby

LOL. Good to know. Thank you.

Quoting chiawei (Reply 6):
UA is still pathetic.

Food is still as bad as it can be. Especially the corn flake.

I am glad I don't have to pay $15k to fly UA like my boss is in 2 week.

I will pay my $7400 on SQ can call it a good day.

Nice. Corn flake. Pretty bad, right?

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 7):
You had me at "Hong Kong eats". Love that place & it's fooood.

Thanks. Yes, I always love going to HKG. What a great place. Thank you.
 
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Coal
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:02 pm

Thanks a lot for the report. I really enjoy your videos!

Quoting sfflyer123 (Thread starter):
cornflakes

I thought you were flying in Y when I saw that pic.

Quoting chiawei (Reply 6):
UA is still pathetic.

  

Cheers
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:27 pm

Well that was an interesting report.
Have to say the catering in Business look rather poor. Had that Duck experience before,terrible, and you had so much of it.
How on earth can you serve a breakfast in Int Business Class with a carton of milk and cereal box on a tray?????
Words fail me.
Hope the seat was comfortable and your neighbour was reasonable company.
Enjoyed the video.  
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sfflyer123
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RE: Hong Kong Eats, HKG-SFO UA C B747 Lower Deck

Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:23 am

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 10):
How on earth can you serve a breakfast in Int Business Class with a carton of milk and cereal box on a tray?????
Words fail me.

I know, ridiculous, right?

Quoting Coal (Reply 9):
Thanks a lot for the report. I really enjoy your videos!

Thank you very much!

Quoting Coal (Reply 9):

I thought you were flying in Y when I saw that pic.

Yeah, I guess now that I think about it, that's a good point.

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