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.