Even underground, people need to eat, although what they eat may well be different to what a surface dweller might find edible. This supplement has a collection of 100 different foodstuffs that could be found in a dungeon and especially in the subterranean realms. They could be served as a meal, found in a dining area or perhaps for sale in an underground city. Fungi, insects and albino cave dwelling creatures are common elements, and the dishes can range from the inoffensive to the potentially toxic.
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Fried Death Fish: Death fish are pallid, eyeless fish that live in pools of water that have been contaminated by various underground toxins. Raw, they are exactly as they sound, a fish that could kill an eater. Moreover, the flesh is also extremely tough and chewy. When properly fried, the heat destroys the toxins in the fish and, in the process, the toxins also tenderise the fish's meat and give it an unusual smoky taste. Cooking death fish properly is an art; failure to do so leaves the fish even more deadly than it was raw.
Fried Mushroom Cakes: Fresh cave mushrooms are harvested and minced, then combined with a binder. This binder can vary, but beaten eggs from various cave-dwelling creatures are the most common. The mix is then shaped into round cakes and covered with crumbled dried fungus, then shallow fried. The resulting cakes are filling, but fairly bland-tasting, so are usually served with a dip or sauce.
Fried Scorpions: Pallid, albino cave scorpions are shallow fried alive in a covered pan and seasoned with various spices. The stings are not extracted and, during the cooking process, the scorpions attempt to sting the pan, adding their venom to the mix. This gives the resulting sauce some bit, often numbing the tongue. Those who eat to many and are not acclimatised to the dish may get poisoned as a result of it.
Fungus Chew: These are made from dried mushrooms that have been crumbled into small fragments, mixed with the sticky extract from a large, subterranean form of aphid that lives on mushrooms. The combination is made into small, flat strips which set into a hard, chewy form when dry. The chews have a slight minty taste to them, and provide a fair amount of nutrition. Those unfamiliar with the chews should be careful, for the mushrooms used have hallucinogenic properties that can have unfortunate effects on those unused to eating the chews or those who consume too many of them.
Fungus Pickle: Made from assorted fungi that are cut into slices, then placed in a pot jar with vinegar poured over them and the jar sealed. The result is left for months, until the fungus pieces have dissolved into a vinegary mush. This mush is commonly served as a side dish or appetiser with some bread, at least for those who find it tasty.
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