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MAS explains why inflight nasi lemak had no anchovies and peanuts

Published on Feb 14, 2014 7:26 PM

SEPANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The fried anchovies and roasted peanuts from a typical Malaysia Airlines (MAS) inflight nasi lemak meal had to be removed on flights departing on Jan 29 as they were stale and contaminated, said MAS.

Chef Wan, on an economy flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok that day, commented on Instagram that he received a nasi lemak telanjang ("naked" nasi lemak) from the airline.

"What happened was that we found small stones, while the peanuts tasted rancid. To avoid food safety issues, we suspended all anchovies and peanuts from being served on all flights that day," said MAS Food and Beverage manager and executive chef Zahiddin Dris.

"We could not replace the condiments because our suppliers had closed their business to celebrate Chinese New Year," he told reporters during a tour of MAS' inflight caterer, Brahim's Airline Catering, on Friday.

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