Published Dec 25, 2011
One Trek Mind #7: Food For Thought
One Trek Mind #7: Food For Thought
By Jordan Hoffman
Regardless of personal beliefs or customs, I think we can all agree that the holiday season is the best time to indulge yourself with food and drink. With luck, you are home from work, reconnecting with family, wearing an eyesore of a sweater, and hopefully taking a break to read StarTrek.com.To those of us that are Star Trek fanatics, we don't just chow down on goose and fruitcake. Would that we had access to a replicator, these are the dishes with which a Trek
oup is notable for being bland.Those curious about the the Federation have acquired a taste for it. The most logical Vulcans are more concerned with nutrition than something so frivolous as flavor, so it should come as no surprise that Plomeek Soup is notable for being bland.Those curious about the physic
fan would most likely make merry.10 – Plomeek SoupPlomeek soup is a staple of the Vulcan diet, and so ubiquitous that even other races in the Federation have acquired a taste for it. The most logical Vulcans are more concerned with nutrition than something so frivolous as flavor, so it should come as no surprise that Plomeek Soup is notable for being bland.Those curious about the physical properties of the broth should refer to season two's "Amok Time." In it you can see the liquid meal hurled with great force, as when an angry Spock throws some at Chapel during the depths of his pon farr.9 – Chadre'kabOne could hardly imagine a trip to Neelix's galley without this Talaxian delicacy. Chadre'kab is very versatile, and can be served a number of different ways. Steamed Chadre'kab is what Seven of Nine first ate while transitioning away from a full Borg physiognomy and later served roasted to Captain Janeway in The Void. Neelix's family recipe was so unique that the wandering freelance problem solvers in the Voyager episode “Think Tank” requested its secrets as part of their payment for interstellar aid.8 – Yamok SauceA Cardassian cannot live by bread alone. Everything needs a little flavor.Yamok sauce is a common condiment in Cardassian cuisine, although descriptions of what it tastes like to Terran taste buds are hard to come by. One can assume that it is something of an acquired taste to outsiders, considering how hard it is to rid oneself of, even if you have self-sealing stem bolts to trade!7 – Rigelion-Chelon SoupThose that are reading the fantastic Vanguard novels know that one of the coolest characters in the larger Trek universe is Starbase 47's giant tortoise-like diplomat, Ambassador Jetanein. In addition to thinking three steps ahead of everyone else, his Falstaffian demeanor keeps him in everyone's good graces, including when taking his repast. His meal of choice, a fetid, briny soup, is described as smelling like rotten garbage and rancid fish. And yet people still want to sit with him at dinner – what a guy!
6 – Yellow Cubes and Green Spheres in a Brown SauceWe never got the name of this dish, but this is what Lieutenant junior grade Joe Tormolen was about to eat before he pulled a knife on Sulu and Reily in “The Naked Time.”
Coincidence that it was upon seeing this brightly colored mush that the Psi 2000 Polywater Toxin kicked in? I think not.
5 – BreadsticksBefore a meal, especially if you are hungry, it is good to nibble on something. Aboard the NX-01, Chef was sure to keep fresh breadsticks at the ready.
fic about what precisely it was that Spock ate as he reverted to his more primal nature. But on the
With a Michelob. I think Shatner could still handle it.
2 - HasperatYou go to Philly, you get a cheesesteak. You go to Bajor, you get the hasperat. It's just that simple.This spicy, portable meal had enough crossover appeal that it was a regular seller at Quark's. Orions were seen eating it. Our favorite insatiable Bajoran, Ro Laren
ed up an and burn in the honorless pits of Gre'thor for even thinking such a thing.The Klingon worm delicacy comes with some rules, of course. As well all know, gagh is better when served live. (The sensation of the writhing creatures making their way down your throat is half the fun.)Riker manned up and ate some. Could you?
Let me know which of your Star Trek food favorites I left out. And if that gagh left a poor taste in your mouth, don't worry. We'll have something to wash it down in our next column... tomorrow.