In honor of this week's guest Chris-Rachael Oseland - the cookbook author who makes edible versions of fandom foods, we thought we'd put together a list of some of the more... unsettling... fictional foods from pop culture. Did we miss one? Tweet at us @ProGeekPodcast! Listen to Chris-Rachael's episode here.
Gagh has to be the most widely recognized Star Trek alien delicacy. Gagh is a perfect representation of the most well known traits of Klingons. The main draw to Gagh for Klingons is the wriggling that the worms that make up the dish do while they’re being eaten, since the dish is often served still living. Commander Riker makes a point of appreciating Gagh when he is on an exchange program on a Klingon starship, a challenge his crew mates don’t expect him to take well.
Everyone who has heard of Harry Potter has heard of these jelly beans, and there’s a reasonable chance that you know about them and you've never even heard of Harry Potter (but really, who hasn't?). Sure, they’re jelly beans, but they can also magically taste like everything from shortcake to less desirable tastes, like dirt.
Kep-Mok Blood Ticks are an overtly disgusting alien cuisine. Alan Rickman’s character in the sci-fi parody, Galaxy Quest, is served a meal that his fictional character on the fictional television series Galaxy Quest would enjoy... and gets a taste of what happens when science fiction becomes reality.
Food as a storytelling device can show you how terrible a character is within their world, and Jabba the Hutt eating this frog in Star Wars Episode VI is the perfect example. Jabba grabs this slimy frog out of a bowl of liquid with his bare hand and swallows it whole and alive, licking his lips and belching loudly afterwards. Gross.
Zombies drop this food in Minecraft and sometimes it’s the only thing your character has to eat when you’re far from home. The grossest thing about this meal is that your character is eating this in first person. It doesn’t really matter that it’s 8 bit -- you’re still watching it go into your mouth.
Lampreys are disgusting fish, and the citizens of The Seven Kingdoms make a pie out of them. Nobles especially appreciate a good lamprey pie. Though things in Game of Thrones are generally... a little off -- using ravens to send messages instead of pigeons and having nameday parties instead of birthday parties -- it turns out that lampreys are actually eaten in France, England and even the pacific coast. Apparently lamprey tastes a lot like squid and is good in a wine and spice sauce when baked into a pie.
In the world of True Blood, Japanese scientists were able to synthesize blood, therefore making it possible for vampires to "come out of the coffin" and become citizens of the world. No longer needing to be a menace society, vampires started to make all kinds of concoctions out of synthesized blood and human blood alike, including Tru Blood sorbet and Tru Blood chocolate milk.
At the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the cow-like animal that will be slaughtered for the meal actually saunters up to the table to suggest which parts of it they’d ought to eat. These creatures have been bred to want to be eaten. The character Arthur says that it’s the most revolting thing he's ever heard, but Zaphod Beeblebrox offers that it’s better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten.
Cat food is prized by the Prawns in District 9. The prawns also react to catnip the way cats do, and can also be seen chewing on tires. The depiction is definitely disgusting and foreign to people, but endears the aliens to whomever is watching the film.
Since there’s no earth animals shown in Pokemon, it’snatural to assume that humans have to eat Pokemon just like we eat earth animals. There’s been debate over this for nearly as long as Pokemon has been a thing. In Gold and Silver generation there’s a lot of evidence: Team Rocket is caught selling Slowpoke Tail (which is noted to be delicious), and later in the game you come across a Miltank farm. It’s a milk farm, but one can make a logical deduction that if there’s milk farms in the Pokemon world, there’s probably also meat farms.
11. Single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins, and minerals. (The Matrix)
This is the goop they eat on the “Nebuchadnezzar.” Dozer tells Neo that it is a single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins, and minerals, that it has everything the body needs. It’s a superfood designed for functionality and health, and if you close your eyes it kinda tastes like runny eggs.