Jawa Juice from Star Wars
In Star Wars canon, this drink was ordered by Obi-Wan in the second of the movie prequels, and is originally made from fermented grains, and the hides of banthas, a wooly ram-like animal from Tatooine. The original script for the movie states that the drink is served steaming, in mugs; while it’s been described as a “sharp, bitter alcoholic beverage”. Reeder’s take is a mulled beer, with festive spices and tempered egg yolk to cover the protein aspect of the Bantha hide. For the beer, I went with an IPA to replicate the described bitterness of the beverage. I couldn’t find the pasteurised egg yolk that the recipe called for, so I made a sabayon with the sugar, egg yolk and the spiced beer over a warm water bath—this both serves to cook the yolk, while creating a more stable, frothy layer of foam. The end result is something in between an eggnog and mulled beer that’s more palatable-sounding than its inspiration, although it’s not something I would crave for any time soon.
Serves 1-2 | Level: EASY | Total time: 30 Minutes
1 cup (235 ml) water
1 cup (200 g) sugar
- Add the water and sugar to a pot and bring to a boil.
- While the mixture boils, stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, then transfer to a sealable container and store in the fridge. The simple syrup will thicken as it cools.
2 cups (475 ml) ale or beer (non-alcoholic beer can be used)
peel of 1 small orange
2 slices fresh peeled ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 pasteurized egg yolk
1 tbsp granulated sugar
simple syrup (below), to taste
- Add the beer, orange peel, ginger, and spices to a small saucepan and warm over medium-low heat.
- In a small bowl or cup, add the egg yolk and sugar and whisk them together until the color is lightened and the consistency becomes frothy.
- Temper the yolk/sugar mixture by very slowly adding a small amount (about a tablespoon at a time) of the hot beer and whisking it in. This will prevent the yolk from cooking.
- Add the tempered yolk mixture slowly to the warm beer and continue to heat for 5 minutes.
- Add Simple Syrup to taste.
- Pour the beverage into serving glasses through a strainer.
White Dragon Noodles from Blade Runner
It’s hard to discern the type of noodles that agent Deckard eats at the start of the original Blade Runner movie with all the smoke and lights in the opening scene. Reeder’s version is simply a yakisoba, flavoured with Japanese seasonings like mirin, dashi powder, and sesame oil. To keep the noodles al dente, undercook the noodles by about 30 seconds shorter than the recommended time, and use a ripping-hot wok to slightly char the noodles for some smoky wok hei. Being basically stir-fried noodles, this dish is also incredibly versatile, and you can add vegetables or meat to it. To keep with the theme, use synthetic or meat-like products (animals are incredibly rare and expensive, and some are artificially created in the dystopian Blade Runner universe) like luncheon meat or soy protein.
Serves 2 | Level: EASY | Total time: 30 Minutes
white dragon noodles
8 ounces (225 g) dried soba noodles or spaghetti
1½ tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sake
1 tsp dashi powder
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
White sesame seeds, for topping
Chopped green onions, for topping
- Cook noodles per package directions. Drain them when they are finished cooking and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the noodles, the vegetable oil, and the toppings. Taste and adjust the flavors as necessary.
- In a large pan or wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it is hot enough to sizzle.
- Add the cooked noodles, followed shortly by the sauce. Cook for 3–5 minutes, stirring the noodles to make sure they are absorbing the sauce.
- Serve in a bowl topped with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
The Geeky Chef Strikes Back is published by Race Point Publishing. ©2017 Cassandra Reeder
For SALT’s full review, download our December 2017 issue here! Meanwhile, here are the other dishes from the book that we tested: Gunslinger Burritos from The Dark Tower, Beef and Bacon Pie from Game of Thrones, and Norma’s Cherry Pie from Twin Peaks.