The vegan / vegetarian food thread

Old Jul 22, 16, 4:32 am
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The vegan / vegetarian food thread

Having spoken to a few other vegans / veggies on here, we thought it a good idea to start a thread.

This is a place where you can praise BA vegetarian and vegan food options (highly unlikely) or moan about them (very likely).

Sadly, it seems to be common knowledge / accepted vegans / veggies get a bad deal with BA, both in the air and on the ground.

Pictures of your cruelty free culinary experiences in all classes of travel are most welcome. Useful info like the date and flight number would be helpful. We can then feed (no pun intended) this back to BA, in the forlorn hope they might actually take positive action.... :roll eyes:

Omnivore trolls are not welcome. Please respect this thread

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Old Jul 22, 16, 5:29 am
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I thought I would start by re-posting this vegan dinner / breakfast I was recently served on a flight from SIN > LHR on the A380. I posted this in another thread, which prompted the creation of this particular thread, so feel it's relevant.

BA12 31.05.2016 in First - It was fair to say the crew were hugely embarrassed to be serving up this kind of rubbish. I've had much better meals on far worse airlines than BA. This meal represented a new culinary low, even by BA's modest standards.

I wish I'd taken a pic of the starter, which was a piece of lettuce and a tomato.

Dinner, which was awful: Beans and rice. I can only assume the chef who created this was a student on a tight budget.



Desert - draw your own conclusions on this one. Jelly + 1 lychee



Breakfast - Inedible. Once this was taken away, I was given a basket of fruit.

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Old Jul 22, 16, 6:08 am
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I would agree cant say they are great! Well to be fair, QR it is always pasta with heavy sauce, so not much better

This was breakfast, from KIN-LGW, fruit was nice

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Old Jul 22, 16, 6:15 am
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Great idea, thanks I usually try to avoid the VLML on routes / classes that I can safely assume there will be a decent vegetarian option. I do that because mostly it will be better than the SPML but also in the hope of an OpUp although just recently I reported than OpUp is possible with SPML (VGML, in this case).
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Old Jul 22, 16, 6:49 am
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I recommend the Asian Vegetarian option. Even though it doesn't say vegan, I think the only dairy is in the dessert. Usually a decent veggie curry. I'll take a photo on Sunday.
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Old Jul 22, 16, 6:57 am
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If I order SPML and it's lunch or dinner I will always go for the AVML. It is not always vegan, though, as sometimes the main course contains cheese (Paneer) or other milk products.
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Old Jul 22, 16, 7:58 am
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I gave up ordering SPML having decided that BA actually have a generic SPML and just put different labels on it.
I've never understood, for example, if you order a SPML you get the cardboard, manufactured 3 months ago, roll (I suspect it's supposed to be a gluten-free) even if you didn't ask for it. You then have to beg to get a proper roll. Doesn't the BA caterer understand that most SPML don't need to be gluten-free?
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Old Jul 22, 16, 8:46 am
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I recommend the Asian Vegetarian option. Even though it doesn't say vegan, I think the only dairy is in the dessert. Usually a decent veggie curry. I'll take a photo on Sunday.
The one time I ordered Asian Vegetarian they had Paneer in the curry for the main meal and the breakfast meal as well.
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Old Jul 22, 16, 9:18 am
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Thank you, Lemira, for raising this topic. I am not vegan/veggie but I have leanings that way as I detest cruelty, and if vegetarian/vegan dishes were more imaginative, I am sure many omnivores would choose your options, particularly knowing that most meat the airline industry uses in Britain comes from halal sources.

We have a chef, Richard, in the staff canteen in the Engineering Building at work and, whenever he's on duty, we have some very imaginative "taste sensation" meat-free dishes. I'll see if I can photograph some examples in the hope that it inspires those responsible for airline catering at BA to become more creative too!

When I was on an Army Landing craft years and years ago, the Army Catering Corps trainee chef was as keen as mustard to try out new ideas - many cooks have a burning desire to try to create and craft something a bit different. Cooking is an art form if you have someone who has a genuine interest in it!
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Old Jul 22, 16, 10:19 am
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particularly knowing that most meat the airline industry uses in Britain comes from halal sources.
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Old Jul 22, 16, 10:39 am
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It has been since 2010:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar...teGourmet.html
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Old Jul 22, 16, 10:51 am
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The link is not working nevertheless I don't understand what does it mean that it comes from halal sources?
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Old Jul 22, 16, 10:54 am
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A bit of a recent cross post, but to improve the photo spread here, this is an example of the standard vegetarian domestic breakfast served to Scotland and Northern Ireland, available without pre-ordering.



Cheese omelette with chestnut mushroom sauce and slow roasted tomatoes. The cold croissant alternative is often vegetarian too, if a cheese filling.
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Old Jul 22, 16, 11:02 am
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The link is not working nevertheless I don't understand what does it mean that it comes from halal sources?
I would urge you (and everyone else) not to go down this line of discussion, otherwise this useful thread will be locked extremely quickly. To give a factual answer, however, it means that hal'al slaughter standards - of which there are many different methods - is used extensively in the UK's meat supply chain and has been so for many years.
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Fair enough, it simply was not cleat to me what was the significance of the fact to the thread.
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