“Anyone else missed inflight food? 🙋”
– Scoot, 1 Sep 2020
Well, not only inflight food but flying too. Considering my frequent travels for trains pre-COVID, this long period remaining in Singapore is truly a change in lifestyle for me. I’m quite familiar with budget airline food offerings in the region and I’m certainly missing my MSG-laden non-strained rice dishes eaten 35,000ft in the air.
To curb my Scoot inflight food cravings, I decided to hop over to NTUC FairPrice Finest to see what I can create – and I was extremely surprised with what I found there.
Inside the read-to-eat meals refrigerated shelf is – lo and behold – actual boxed ready-to-eat meals sold on Scoot, manufactured by SATS Food themselves. I’ve certainly seen that new white box on my flight before.
Three read-to-eat meal options were offered here, including Chicken Briyani, Chicken Fried Rice with Crabstick, and Oriental Treasure Rice. All of which sound familiar. These cost S$6.50 a box at FairPrice Finest.
Scoot Café Menu with SATS Food Ready to Eat Meals
Screengrab of Scoot’s inflight meal menu.
Yup, definitely seen those three dishes on Scoot’s menu before. They cost S$12 on board, and now S$6.50 from NTUC FairPrice.
NTUC FairPrice’s website with SATS Food Ready to Eat Meals
Screengrab of NTUC FairPrice’s website.
A quick search on NTUC FairPrice’s website confirms that only these three SATS Food Ready to Eat Meals are available for purchase.
Scoot Café COVID-19 Pre-Order Menu
Screengrab of Scoot’s website.
Interestingly, Scoot does not offer these three meals from NTUC FairPrice on their COVID-19 Pre-Order Menu any more, and there’s temporarily no buy-on-board service. I wonder what kind of supply deal was struck between SATS Food, Scoot, and NTUC FairPrice.
Plating my Scoot Inflight Meal
I really miss eating my microwaved boxed meal off a slim seat and small tray, and wanted to recreate this experience as closely as possible. So why go for an a la carte Economy meal on my tray table when I can go all out for a ScootPlus meal selection.
Behold, my recreated ScootPlus meal on a tray!
Complete with a disposable cutlery pack I found somewhere in the kitchen!
The Chicken Briyani has an apt yellow label to it. I doubt it’s coincidental though.
Since I couldn’t find any Aalst Real Chocolate Neapolitans Tin 40gm in NTUC, I settled for Scoot’s previous chocolate offering of Ritter Sport. And since I’m in a supermarket and not picking out of a meal cart, I can actually choose what flavour of Ritter Sport I want rather than having cornflakes only.
A non-alcoholic drink to complement my meal.
And a Seng Choon Instant Egg as a random cheap enhancement to my inflight meal – because why not when there’s nothing else better to do 35,000 feet above the ground and it’s the cheapest snack available off the Scoot Café menu.
The steamy Chicken Briyani after microwaving it for 3 minutes according to the instructions.
Yup, looks pretty much the same as the Chicken Briyani I had on Scoot TR633 from Hat Yai to Singapore.
The Chicken Briyani comes with small chunks of chicken reminiscent of SATS Food inflight meals and SAF combat rations. Thankfully, it’s not as fibrous as the latter and does not get stuck in my teeth.
The Chicken Briyani rice flavour was slightly stronger than usual, but I was able to handle the spice well. I’m not sure if SATS Food adjusted the taste back to the ground, but it tasted reasonably good and similar to having it in flight.
My rating for this on-the-ground inflight meal is the same as the one I bought from Hat Yai.
Well done again, SATS Food and Scoot.
Overall, yes, the SATS Food Ready to Eat Meals from NTUC FairPrice certainly brought back memories of eating out of the box on board Scoot, but I doubt I will eat it on a regular basis on the ground.
S$6.50 is pretty steep especially when competitors on the same shelf or from convenience stores are offering their boxed meals at S$4 and below. Plus, I can get a good fresh Nasi Briyani, piping hot from the pot for around S$5.50 or S$6 nowadays thanks to the Singapore hawker culture.
If you want to compare my above comment with the actual S$12 on board Scoot, well, you can’t really walk to NTUC FairPrice or any food establishment from a plane in the sky. It’s either to pay the S$12 or go hungry and wait for two more hours before landing. I’ll just treat it as a hungry fee payable to Scoot.
I would say to definitely go for SATS Food Ready to Eat Meals from NTUC FairPrice if you’re missing airline food like me, because it is indeed the 100% real deal. Otherwise, coffee shops and hawker centres are plentiful in Singapore and you will be able to easily get more than three meal options at once.