A brief prologue and cautionary tale before my question...
Last week, I had to take a 3-hour evening flight with no dinner service, so I tried out what I thought was a brilliant idea for a carry-on meal: a chicken bahn mi (Vietnamese sub sandwich).
I thought it would be perfect: non-smelly, fairly neat to eat, able to be carried around without refrigeration for a couple of hours--and washed down with one of those little $5 bottles of Chardonnay, an exotic bargain meal at only $6.50!
What a disappointment!
Contrary to my expectations, bahn mi do not travel well. The baguette--which my favorite bahn mi place makes in house--had deteriorated from its usual crusty, feathery goodness into a tough, rubbery mess--I couldn't tell if I was chewing on the crust or the wax paper wrapper. (And this was only about 4 hours after I had purchased it.)
And to my mortification, the pickled veggie filling actually did smell
conspicuous, which I had never noticed when I ate these ate home. I'm sure my seatmates (I was travelling alone) must have hated me.
I could only choke down about half of it before wrapping it up and throwing it away.
So my question to you all is this: do any of you frequent flyers have favorite carry-on edibles? In particular, I'm looking for ideas for meal-size items that are durable, portable, tasty at room temperature, non-smelly, neat to eat, and above all--TASTY!
Looking forward to your suggestions!