Korean Air to Offer Korean-Style Vegan Fare

The newly introduced meal option takes its cues from vegetarian cuisine served at Buddhist temples.

All photos courtesy of Korean Air

South Korea’s flag carrier is giving eco-conscious travelers more choices starting this Wednesday (March 1), when it launches a brand-new range of inflight meals to accommodate the growing number of vegan customers keen to do their bit to reduce carbon emissions.

Inspired by traditional temple cuisine, the airline’s Korean-style vegan meals will showcase natural flavors through the use of fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients. Passengers in all classes can look forward to dishes such as steamed barley rice with burdock, roasted shiitake mushrooms, mung bean jelly salad, and roasted tofu with plum sauce, while ginkgo nut porridge and roasted yam with soybean paste will be available for travelers booked into first or business class. Different types of vegan dishes will be served depending on the route and season.

At the moment, Korean Air provides six types of meal options for practicing vegetarians: vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, East Asian vegetarian, Hindu vegetarian, Jain vegetarian, and raw vegetarian. Korean vegan meals will be available to pre-order on all international routes departing from Korea in March. This can be done through Korean Air’s website, mobile application, or service center up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure.

Other sustainable initiatives carried out by Korean Air include the release of a new range of limited-edition amenity bags, which are upcycled from retired cabin life vests. All proceeds from the “life vest” cosmetic pouch sales will be donated to a global environmental organization.

Featuring six different travel-size skincare essentials — a facial cleanser, a face mist, moisturizing cream, soap, shampoo and a mask pack — these kits have been produced in collaboration with Korean beauty brand 107, known for its natural skin care products and eco-friendly holistic approach to beauty. No more than 4,000 of the unique pouches are now available for purchase on Korean Air’s e-Skyshop.


The selection of Korean-style vegan dishes will change according to the seasons.

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