When I go home to Vancouver, I almost always fly Japan Airlines. I prefer using JAL because I have been a member of JAL since I started coming to Japan. At that time, JAL was the only Japanese carrier that flew to Vancouver with Air Canada operating a code share flight with ANA. Now ANA flies to Vancouver and while it is a flight I want to take, I am now stuck taking JAL for most of the time.
JAL has been expanding its partnerships with other companies in order to offer good snack food on their flights. When flying to Vancouver, the start of the flight includes dinner, and before landing there is a second light meal. Usually it is just a simple sandwich for breakfast but this time we had a MOS Burger.
MOS Burger is a famous Japanese chain of hamburger shops and they pride themselves on using natural ingredients and even the name means Mountain Ocean Sun. When I learned I would be getting a burger, I was hesitantly excited as I figured a nice MOS Burger is a decent choice for an airline as the tomato based meat sauce is a pretty good taste for any food on any flight.
When I got the burger, I was happy to see it but confused. It was difficult to get my head around how to make the burger in such a small space as well as the steps involved. They do include a small instruction manual on how to make the burger so that you can have an authentic MOS Burger.
Basically, as you can see from the instructions, you just tear open a couple sides, remove the napkins separating the patty from the buns and then add the condiments. Once you eat it, it is just as sloppy, if not more so, than a MOS Burger you buy at the shop. I had a real mess on my face as I ate it but then again I put a healthy dollop of their tomato meat sauce.
Overall, it was really good. While the bun was a little soggy from reheating it, I was happy with the flavours. It was a little annoying to make it and I would have loved a cheese burger instead, but I’m not complaining. It was one of the better meals I had on a flight but not the best. The best meal I had ever had was when I went to Hong Kong and had Tokyo Soup Stock, but you really can’t compare the two as you can’t go wrong with just a little soup and bread.