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Araea Cookbook

Necessity might be the mother of invention, but her sister starvation is our patron and muse.  
— Albashar, chef and hunter
  Between feast and famine lie a thousand kinds of mushroom, fungi, crawling critters and stranger things still. The people of Araea are compelled by their circumstance to seek whatever nourishment they can in the caves and on the barren surface. Almost everything will find its way into the cooking pot at one point or another, no matter how unpalatable it may seem. This experimentation has lead to everything to the delicious and popular Chnagahn, to the death of an entire village trying to eat the alien Meteorite Tick.   Below are some of the dishes and drinks commonly enjoyed in Araea. Well, "enjoyed", in some cases.      

Food & Drink


Beetle-Roast Skewer

  Beetles skewered through an iron with cubes of fungi or whole mushrooms between, then roasted over an open fire. It is a common dish either eaten in several skewers for lunch or dinner, or as a snack. Popular in bars or out of street vendors stall. A common sight among spectators enjoying a match of Saen-Kaw.   Pleasantly crunchy.

Fungi Beer

  Known by countless names and coming in countless variants, the humble fungi beer is by far the most popular drink in the caverns. One or two fungi are used to ferment the alcohol, sometimes spices.   Every brewery have their own blend and taste, guarded fiercely. Sometimes sweetened with lead. The draught is cloudy and the without spice, the taste is musky.

Popper Pot

  Made with the juicy popper grub, the dish and the bug both get their name from the high liquid content of the grub and the way it pops when bitten. Popper Pot consists of grubs heated on a skillet until they burst, then simmered in their own juices. Water is sometime added to dilute the flavor of bug or to extend the stew. Mushrooms and fungi, roasted or boiled, are mixed into the pot and the whole is eaten and drunk.   Deep, pungent taste. When the bugs are eaten, the liquids that remain are often used as stock.


  Khabas is one of the more common baked goods in Araea. Fungi is ground and dried, then mixed with the spongy Samagh mushroom that help it stick together. It is mixed with water or beer to create a dough-like substance, seasoned with salt or additional fungi for flavor. Once baked, they have the consistency of a airy sponge or a tough, Hattick-like bar depending on the baking and concentration of water and Samagh.



  Mashu-Koi is an uncommon dish, only found in the colder caverns across Araea. A large cave lizard is gutted and filled with fungi, mushroom and many Feathered Bats then sewed back up. The lizard is buried under rocks and left to ferment until ready. Different chefs have different definitions of "ready", but it usually when the mixture is very ripe. It has a strong taste with elements of licorice, and a mushy, gooey texture.


  Tahari are deep-fried, crushed spiders wrapped in kelp or sea-weed from the Abyss. Served either as rolls or in balls. Local variants flavor the dish additionally with different fungi, mushrooms and moss. A popular meal to sell from food stalls and markets.

Cuisine in Araea

  Surrounded by stone and far away from the sun, people have to make do with other elements to gather, cook and preserve their meals.   Read more about Cuisine in the Caves    
by Strange Foods Festival

Bug Pot Party

  Some dishes carry more meaning than others. One such meal is the Chnagahn, a stew of bug, mushroom and fungi that bind communities and end feuds.   Read more about Chnagahn - Bug Pot Party  
by Sia Fusion Eatery

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Dec 2, 2018 23:01 by Damion Otter


Author of Ravare.
Feb 11, 2019 20:25

Nom nom nom

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Mar 26, 2019 02:08

You, sir, have an excellent taste. Finally, someone who understands the virtue and awesomeness of eating bugs. One time when I was in the Carribean I broke open a termite nest, let them crawl all over my hand and licked them off like an anteater. They tasted like unsweetened barbecue sauce. Honestly, I wouldn't mind tasting some of those underground delights.

Apr 24, 2020 21:00

Sounds delicious!

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Apr 24, 2020 21:15 by C. B. Ash

I am *SO* delighted and disturbed by this article in equal amounts! Good job!   And I don't EVEN want to imagine the attempts of eating a Meteorite Tick! noo thank you!   So how many attempts have been made to make a "Twice Baked Khabas" - maybe with some popper grub for protein - in an attempt to make "Hardtack"?   ... I can't believe I just envisioned the "what might be" of that question ...

Apr 25, 2020 11:02

Haha, I'm glad :D   ANd sounds about right - when weevels gets into these hardtack, it's not bad - it's extra protein! :D   Hopefully, I'll be able toexpend this with additional recipes, including Desserts!

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Apr 25, 2020 13:03 by C. B. Ash

I'm suddenly sensing the impending arrival of "Rocky Weevel Road" ice cream or "Mint Feathered Bat Cobbler"

Aug 15, 2020 02:58 by Morgan Biscup

Your opening quote here is amazing, and the absolute best part of yet another amazing article from Araea.

Lead Author of Vazdimet.
Necromancy is a Wholesome Science.
Aug 16, 2020 07:00

Thank you <3 :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Mar 12, 2022 16:34 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Those are fantastic and utterly disgusting dishes!!! I love the explanation you've added for each of them and how you make it seems like actually credible recipes for Araea XD

Mar 25, 2022 10:20

Hahah thank you :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.