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Why do airlines offer more varieties of special-request meals than they actually provide?

What the other answers don't mention is that the special meal types are part of a standardized system developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA): IATA Meal Codes. These codes are ...
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How do I ask Japanese restaurants in writing not to serve me any meat?

Please do not use Google Translate for Japanese without native speaker proofreading. The example sentences you provided are somewhere between comical and borderline offensive and sound rather like a ...
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Special meals on long-haul flights

I have requested countless times vegan/vegetarian meals on long-haul flights. Normally they are pretty well organized and you won't have to ask for the meal. My strategy is just to wait and if given ...
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Is it impolite to ask for halal food when traveling to and in Thailand?

Thailand actually has a significant Muslim minority (around 5% of the population), so the idea of halal food -- locally known as ahaan Muslim (อาหารมุสลิม), literally "Muslim food" -- is well ...
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If you preorder a special airline meal (e.g. vegan) just to try it, does this inconvenience the caterers and staff?

While I can't really see ordering a vegan meal "for fun" you will not be consuming a limited resource or depriving someone else of what they really need. A meal will be available for you and ...
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Why do airlines offer more varieties of special-request meals than they actually provide?

Another member already mentioned in his answer (now deleted), that adding those pre-selection options is very easy compared to actually catering them. I will try to elaborate on why this makes it ...
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Is it impolite to ask for halal food when traveling to and in Thailand?

I have a very simple rule: If you have to ask, it is not halal. If it was halal you would clearly know it by virtue of signage in any non Muslim country. Halal food in non Muslim countries is a ...
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Vegetarian dishes on Russian trains (European part)

No, you definitely cannot count on having vegetarian meals on long-distance trains in Russia. In fact even the menu is misleading, as quite commonly only a very limited selection of dishes are ...
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Is it possible to do a low carb diet for a month in Sicily?

I don't know about Sicily specifically but in most of Italy this would not be much of a problem. Italians are big on fruits, vegetables, meat & fish. Of course they are even bigger on pasta and ...
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Kosher Food in Heathrow airport

According to Kosher Today, at least as of 2015, there are kosher sandwiches and wraps at the WHSmith stores in terminals 2, 3, 4, and 5. There's a phone number on that page, and it might be helpful to ...
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How do I ask Japanese restaurants in writing not to serve me any meat?

lambshaanxy's card is perfectly fine, but I would like to bring up a cultural point when asking for accommodations for your meal. Japanese restaurants are not accustomed to altering menu items to ...
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What airlines offer or used to offer birthday cakes?

Several airlines offer birthday cakes, or at least did before the pandemic (many catering options and special meals were discontinued during COVID). Turkish Airlines offered a "celebration cake,&...
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Availability of vegetarian food in Mongolia

Traditional Mongolian food is very heavy on meat, particularly mutton, which is found in virtually every dish. However, Ulan Bator is large and cosmopolitan enough a city to offer vegetarian options ...
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How do I ask chefs who don't speak in English if they can torch sashimi, in writing?

I suspect you're not going to like this answer, but I think you're going about this the wrong way. In Japan, the idea of "customizing" dishes like this is basically unknown: the chef makes dishes ...
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Special meals on long-haul flights

A full list of special meals types is available on wikipedia. Not every one is available on every airline, for example here is Etihad's selection. There are quite a number of meal types that are ...
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If you preorder a special airline meal (e.g. vegan) just to try it, does this inconvenience the caterers and staff?

I'm not sure if this really is a comment or not. I would argue that, if the airline has given you the option of ordering a special meal, then you are free to do so. Airlines generally outsource their ...
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Does Laos not have "je" Buddhist restaurants like Thailand does?

I did a search on Vientiane vegan restaurants and randomly picked one of the sites: Eat Plants and Travel The third entry is Vegan Reunion Cafe. The first paragraph on 'Why We Recommend It' says: A ...
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Vegetarian dishes on Russian trains (European part)

@jpatokal is right, "you definitely cannot count on having vegetarian meals on long-distance trains in Russia" (as well as on a menu). However, there might be something in a restaurant car as, e.g., ...
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Is it possible to do a low carb diet for a month in Sicily?

It is quite typical in Italy to have meat and carbohydrates as separate courses. For example, one of the primi piatti (often pasta) and then one of the secondi piatti (often meat or fish without many ...
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What to do in Japan when I don't like the food I have been served?

You're in luck. Many restaurants in Japan, particularly at the cheaper end of the spectrum, have either incredibly detailed plastic replicas of their dishes outside in a display case, or menus with ...
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Is it possible to do a low carb diet for a month in Sicily?

Sicilian here. Consider it basically a non-issue. In Catania and Palermo there are even a few "Keto-Inspired" restaurants where you can require which caloric intake you're going for, but for the most ...
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Vegetarian food in Morocco

My boyfriend and I (both vegetarian) were in Morocco for 3 weeks with our bikes. We were visiting Marrakech, Agadir, Essaouira from the big cities and many small villages in Atlas and Anti-Atlas. ...
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How can I tell if my drink is really sugar free?

Here's a site showing various electronic devices and a manual solution (test strips) that seems to solve your problem: https://mysugr.com/diet-drink-really-diet-check-sugar/ 100 test strips for $25 ...
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Special meals on long-haul flights

It's best to take some extra food with you. There may be problems with the food they serve, or it may not be enough. I always do this because I eat way more than average while on planes they serve ...
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Kosher Food in Heathrow airport

I’m at Heathrow now (September 2019). There are parve falafel wraps and also chicken wraps in the refrigerator section of the WH Smith that is on the security checkpoint level (after security), but ...
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Why do airlines offer more varieties of special-request meals than they actually provide?

Another reason to offer all of those requests even when they'll all be fulfilled with a vegan meal is to track them. If an airline only offers vegan and non-vegan then they have very little basis ...
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Why do airlines offer more varieties of special-request meals than they actually provide?

I also believed that maybe some ME airlines may have multiple different vegetarian options, until I tried Qatar airways in February. They had like ten different options to choose from, but on the ...
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Routes on which easyjet carries Kosher food

I tweeted easyjet about it and they replied in a private message: Kosher food and kosher milk for coffee are offered on our Tel Aviv route. This food is priced in line with the other products ...
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Are sunflower seeds popular in North Indian food?

Are sunflower seeds popular in North Indian food? No. Sesame seeds and mustard seeds are more common. Is it safe for me to eat whatever is there? Also no. Just because they're not "popular" doesn'...
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