Kosher food on Emirates!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

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The inspiring and irascible Travelling GourmetTM tells you about Kosher food on…

MIDDLE Eastern airline, Emirates…Yes, I make no excuse for liking Kosher food.

For the uninitiated, a short explanation:

Kosher food is food prepared in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws.

In their most “biblical” form, Jewish Dietary Laws state:

  • Pork, rabbit, eagle, owl, catfish, sturgeon, and any shellfish, insect or reptile are non-kosher.
  • Other species of meat and fowl must be slaughtered in a prescribed manner to be kosher.
  • Meat and dairy products may not be made or consumed together.
  • The rules are very strict if you are an Orthodox Jew. The Glatt Kosher meal pack served on Emirates is carefully sealed and certified Kosher by a Rabbi.

It is a fascinating fact that Kosher food and Halal food eaten by Muslims are remarkably similar. In fact, Jews can eat Halal food and Muslims can eat Kosher food. Pork is also “Haram” to Muslims in the same way that pork is non-Kosher to Jews,

It is truly one of life’s little ironies that the two communities for the most part do not see eye to eye…and have been in conflict for many years!

Here are some photos of delicious Kosher food I enjoyed on a recent flight to Dubai on special assignment as The Travelling GourmetTM. I have to check that the seals on the meal pack are not broken and then break the seals before the Flight Stewardess to heat them up.



With my Chicken Schnitzel, pasta, peas and carrots I enjoyed a glass of D’Arenberg The Stump Jump white wine…a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne and Rousanne form the Maclaren Vale in South Australia. Lovely floral notes with light tannins…it went well with the chicken. Only expressive wines can be served at 30,000 to 40,000 feet above sea level because the high altitude and low humidity of about 2% affects the taste, aroma and flavour perception of the wines.



This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is palate friendly and well rounded…


The Travelling GourmetTM doing some wine tasting 35,000 ft ASL with my friend who is an Emirates Flight Stewardess.

Zum Wohl!

Shalom! 🙂


About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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22 Responses to Kosher food on Emirates!

  1. Respectfully, Jews CAN eat Halal Food and Muslims CAN eat Kosher Food! 🙂


  2. Michael Lim says:

    Halal food has no pork so I stand by my statement that Jews can eat Halal food and vice versa.


    • Oren says:

      unfortunately alot of halal food does not meet the requirement of not mixing the dairy and meat products. Thats the biggest catch usualy.


  3. D says:

    Actually, halal meat is not kosher. In order for meat to be kosher it has to be slaughtered by a rabbi with a single cut to the neck, the blood drained with salt, and a specific blessing has to be said. Halal meat is not slaughtered by a rabbi and a blessing is not said. Prawns, for example, are halal but not kosher.


  4. TJ says:

    A bit late to this post but Jews cannot eat Halal but Muslims can eat kosher. There’s more to not eating pork. The reason that Muslims can eat koshet is because Judaism pre-dates Islam. Glad that you were able to get kosher on Emirates. BA only serves kosher from London to Dubai but not from Dubai to London. I checked that this week – June 2016


  5. Sorry, but Jews CAN NOT eat Halal, but Muslims CAN eat Kosher… I am a religious Jew, know what I am talking about (on this one I mean 🙂
    It’s nice to see that we can eat kosher food on Emirates, I’ll try to fly with them in the future.


  6. Mu slims can eat Kosher food, however Jews in no way whatsoever can eat Hallal food.


  7. Avrumi says:

    The kosher seals are not supposed to be broken before into the ovens at all! They are only supposed to be broken after being taken out of the ovens & then given to the passengers with both seals intact.


    • Thank you Avrumi! Very insightful! Can I ask why is it that Muslims can eat Kosher but Jews cannot eat Halal which also has no pork??? I thank you in advance for your kind answers. My Mum always told me “Live and Learn!


      • Ben says:

        I found your post when I was looking to see if Gulf Airlines had Kosher, so thank you for the interesting post. I like what your mom taught you, we should always be living and learning, open to new ideas. I can try to answer your question my friend, first of all majority of Jews don’t keep Kosher, so we are talking here about religious Jews. The main reasons are that when it comes to meat or poultry, it has to be slaughtered in a specific way by a Rabbi. The other issue kosher laws require separation between meat and milk. If you want an interesting fact none of this is actually from the Bible though it’s based on Rabbinical interpretations of the Bible (Torah). [I’m sure some Orthodox will try to argue with this lol] Another interesting fact is that while many Muslims will eat Kosher food when Halal is not available, there are some exceptions, especially Alcohol which is kosher but Haram for Muslims. Jews and Muslims have much in common, it would be so nice if we all could get along. Best regards from Israel.


      • Thank you so very much Ben. Much appreciated!! I must say very honestly, your explantion is the BEST I have heard to date! Todah rabah! Yes, peace is always to be preferred. Alas when someone comes to kill you with weapons, you cannot appeal to their sens of good ness or humanity or offer them prosecco or grape juice…C’est la vie. Your name reminds me of a dear friend, Colonel David Ben Asher, former head of IDF Combat Fitness and expert in Krav Maga. Stand with Israel! Shalom!:-)


  8. Marty says:

    Hello and thanks for the article.

    There is one correction:
    While kosher is considered halal, and observing Muslims will typically eat kosher food as a substitute for halal, that is not true for the other way around. While similar, halal is not considered kosher. At least not in accordance with orthodox Jewish law.


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