Flavours of Venus; Cnidarian Soup
The yellow broth of the Sun Soup is inspired by the infamous Cnidarian Soup
, a lethal Venusian
favourite. Cnidarian soup is brewed from stock harvested from the sac of a family of carnivorous plants, ideally a few weeks into its digestion cycle. The stock is somewhat spicy, pleasantly perfumed, with a rich meaty flavour. It is usually boiled with even more aromatic herbs and bones.
The spicy sensation is caused by the cnidocytes the carnivorous plants use to disable their prey. Cnidocytes are explosive cells that pierce skin and chitin to deliver a paralyzing neurotoxin. When the cnidarian soup is harvested at the right time, the cnidocytes are degraded enough that they only cause a pleasant tingle while eating and a somewhat numb mouth afterwards. However, when the stock is harvested too early it carries a mild, but not insignificant, risk of full body paralyzation and a fast death.
Sun soup is rarely made with real cnidarian soup, for several reasons beyond the obvious. Primarily it is because the cnidocytes don't keep well, so it quickly loses its sting. Instead, the base for "cnidarian broth" is created with oil or tallow which is then cooked with plenty of capsaicin-rich seeds
and aromatic herbs.
Martian Structure; Padi Film
, a semi-aquatic grain native to Mars
, is used to create the edible film surrounding the Sun Soup Dumpling. It is grown in large hydroponic shelves
that line many of the hills and mountains of Mars. Padi is high in starch and pectin and can be easily refined into a translucent gelatin. In this state it is known as padi gum. When padi flour is reintroduced to padi gum and kneaded, a strong and flexible film is created.
Padi may well be the most modified food in the galaxy. All padi is fortified with some important mineral or the other, with strains tailormade for each species of the galaxy and the dietary concerns they may face in various situations. As padi also lends itself well to hydroponic farming upon spaceships, it has become a staple of space.
Jovian Delights; Sweetpalm Soup
is known for extravagant feasts, fried food and decadently rich food. The Jovian soup at the core of sun soup dumplings is known as Sweetpalm Soup
, and is decidedly part of the latter category. Sweetpalm soup is a staple from the Comiterranean
, a prominent region of Jupiter that hosts the Jovian Senate
. It is made almost entirely of the large nut-like fruit of the sweetpalm. It is very mild and creamy soup with a buttery taste