A taste of the 'Qantas First Lounge' menu


Peppered beef stir fry
Yield: 1 serve


  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil
  • 100g beef fillet, cut into 0.75cm thick slices
  • 50g (1/4 cup) green capsicum (peppers), sliced into 6mm batons
  • 50g (1/4 cup) red capsicum (peppers), sliced into 6mm batons
  • 35g (1/4 cup ) spanish onion, sliced 5mm thick
  • 25g chinese mustard greens, sliced
  • 5g (1no) clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 8g (2 teaspoons) finely grated fresh ginger
  • 10g (1 heaped teaspoon) palm sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) shaoxing wine
  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) light soy sauce
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) oyster sauce
  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) chicken stock
  • 8 fresh thai basil leaves
  • Jasmine rice and extra thai basil leaves, to serve
  1. Heat a little vegetable oil in a wok until just smoking. Add beef and stir-fry quickly to seal.

  2. Add capsicum (peppers,) onion and mustard greens and toss, then add garlic and ginger and toss again.

  3. Add palm sugar and pepper, stir fry to melt sugar, then add shaoxing wine to deglaze the wok.

  4. When most of the liquid is evaporated add soy, oyster sauce, chicken stock and thai basil and stir-fry to combine. Check seasoning and adjust as necessary.
Recommended brands:
  • Light Soy Sauce: Boy Brand Yellowbean Soy
  • Oyster Sauce: Lee Kum Kee

Qantas first lounge signature beef burger with bacon, gruyere, dill pickle and totamo relish


  • Brioche Bun (8cm x 13cm), split in half crosswise, toasted and buttered
  • 20g cos lettuce leaves
  • 130g CW beef mince pattie
  • 20g (approx.) cooked bacon rasher
  • 20g sliced heidi gruyere cheese
  • 25g Pickles
  • 20g tomato and chilli relish
  • Place lettuce on base of Brioche, top with burger pattie, pickle, cheese and bacon and finish with tomato and chilli relish.
Beef Patties

  • 3 kg minced beef (see note above)
  • 30g Sea Salt
  • 8g Fresh ground black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and knead well until mixture is well combined.

  2. Shape mince mixture into patties about 2cm high and 10cm in diameter.

  3. Heat an oiled frying pan or flat grill plate until hot. Reduce heat to medium and cook burgers, flattening to ensure they are 2cm thick, for about 5 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through. Remove from heat.

About Qantas:
Qantas is the only airline offering A380 service from the U.S. on select non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and to Melbourne. The Qantas A380 features aircraft interiors designed by internationally renowned industrial designer and Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson. Providing over 40 flights per week from the U.S., Qantas offers more than 30 nonstop flights from Los Angeles (to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland), five from San Francisco, a daily direct service from JFK and three from Honolulu. A leader in in-flight entertainment, all Qantas mainland departures feature on demand video and audio selections for movies, TV programs, radio and games in all classes.

Qantas, one of the first airlines to operate between Australia and the United States, invented Business Class in 1979. Features for Qantas Business passengers, departing on U.S. mainland flights, include: award-winning Qantas Business service; access to the deluxe Qantas Business lounges in Sydney and Melbourne and partner lounges stateside; an enhanced Skybed sleeper seat designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, with ergonomically-enhanced cushioning; up to 1,000 entertainment options presented on the 12-inch in-arm touch screen system; cuisine options from five-course dinners to a la carte menus and Room Service breakfasts designed by leading Australian Chef Neil Perry, and a carefully-considered amenity pack, featuring a selection of comforts to enhance the flight experience.

For further information on Qantas flights and fares, please visit qantas.com or call 1 800 227 4691.


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