On a recent trip in Davao, I have attended one of the special events hosted by AirAsia Philippines on April 5th at Malagos Garden Resort for the introduction of their latest SANTAN in-flight menu named Roasted Dalandan Chicken, which is specially crafted by the Philippines renowned celebrity chef, JP Anglo.


The session was attended by some local authorities including Davao City Councilor, Al Ryan Alejandre, AirAsia Philippines CEO, Captain Dexter Comendador, Chef JP Anglo, local media members from Cebu, Manila, Davao as well as some Malaysian bloggers including myself.



Back to the menu topic. What's interesting (though I reckon some of you might find it pretty odd) about the menu? As the name suggests, it was actually a roasted chicken served with rice and an award-winning local chocolate brand.

Wait! Chocolate, really? How come? 
Continue reading should you wish to find the answers to the question above.



 Roasted Dalandan Chicken 

I was quite curious about the menu as we are aware that chocolate doesn't go in line really well with any rice-based dish. So, I gave myself a chance to taste it during the exclusive preview.


This menu consists of a fragrant garlic rice served with thin slices of bell peppers, Dalandan- flavoured roasted chicken paired with a pimiento sauce made with Malagos chocolate, an internationally recognised chocolate originated from the Philippines specifically in Davao. You can literally taste a chocolate sweetness (in moderate amount) and a twist of zesty flavor at the same time. How cool is that?

The taste? Not bad. Pretty sure chocolate lover will going to love it!


Chef JP Anglo said he was happy and excited to share his first dish exclusively made for an airline, which AirAsia. He loves how AirAsia brings Filipino home grown products and talents to greater heights.

Acknowledging the local talents, that's what we want. Kudos AirAsia!



 Where you can have it? 

The Roasted Dalandan Chicken menu is now available on any Air Asia Philippines flight (Z2). You may pre-order it to enjoy an affordable rate. 

Visit www.airasia.com to browse the flights and Air Asia Philippines in-flight menu.



 Good to know 

Aside from SANTAN hot meals (Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice and Thai Green Curry), AirAsia also supports the local entrepreneurs from Manila, Davao and Ceby by selling their handwoven items and natural food products on all AirAsia flights across 180 destinations in the whole of Asean, Asia, Australia, Middle East, China and US. You may check out their duty free and merchandise catalogues here.


"AirAsia is a sociable and innovative brand we take pride of our collaborative nature. There is so much talent and unique products in the Philippines especially in Davao that deserve the world's attention," said Captain Dexter Comendador, AirAsia Philippines CEO. 

Don't forget to check out AirAsia Philippines' social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) to stay updated with their latest promotions and activities.



I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to AirAsia for having me as one of the first individuals to sample their new in-flight menu as well as experiencing what Davao has to offer