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The following is a list of food and drinks.

The Minbari followed rituals and traditions in preparing a meal for honored guests. The food would be sanctified during each of the fifteen stages of cooking. The spices would be blessed and a specific prayer spoken when they would be used. Each spice could only be used once, and only in the correct order. If an error was made, the entire meal would be abandoned and begun again from scratch. The cook would not sleep until the meal was complete and to remain pure, would only consume water and bread.

The host and the guest exchanged bowls, in a gesture of welcoming. Then, they would both offer a portion of their meals to the one who prepared it as a gesture of thankfulness. It was tradition for the guest to set aside one piece of flarn in the memory of Valen in the place that is set aside for his return. In between bites, each person would meditate.[1]


  • Bagna Cauda: Literally meaning "hot bath", Bagna Cauda is an Earth dish from Piedmont in northwestern Italy.[2][3]
  • Beeba: A plant that produces an organic oil, broadly comparable to Earth olive oil and which has similar culinary uses.[2]
  • Flarn: A soft green Minbari food, created by Valen himself and traditionally served in small cube portions to honor visiting guests.[1][2]
  • G'Quan Soup:A medley of various vegetables that is traditionally made communally and consumed to honor the hatchday of G'Quan. The precise ingredients aren't considered important, only that each brood member bring one vegetable.[2]
  • Gal'sha: A plant native to Minbar whose hard, oily seeds are similar to Earth hazelnuts.[2]
  • Glomo Fruit: A Minbari fruit that can be compared to an Earth courgette.[2]
  • Gollif: An edible fleshy fungus-like organism native to the Narn Homeworld that has similar culinary properties to an Earth open cup mushroom.[2]

Ambassador G'Kar preparing a Grout head for his dinner.

  • Kreebish: A type of pink dessert, usually served fresh.[6]
  • Japoti: A Centauri sweet pastry dish that is considered an excellent accompaniment to hot Jala.[7][2]
  • Jurbeen: A Centauri recipe, popular among minor functionaries of the Royal Court, that features chunks of smoked Treel in a cheese and rikling sauce.[2]
  • Pinaldi: A Centauri savoury pastry dish filled with a variety of cheeses, foolash and irradiated watsuls. It was known to have been a particular favourite of Emperor Turhan.[2]
  • Poksh: A heavy steamed, if somewhat bland sweet-bread produced on Beta Colony.[8]
  • Spoo: A gray meat dish and a staple of Centauri cuisine, preferably aged. The Narns, on the other hand, prefer it fresh, while Humans generally find it unpalatable.[11][12]


  • Bor'Kaan: A very potent and (to humans) nasty Drazi alcoholic drink beverage. Human can only safely drink Bor'Kann after first taking an alcohol blocker. After Commander Susan Ivanova became 'Green Leader' for Babylon 5's Drazi population during the selection of a new Shadak, the local Drazi created a new drink in her honour called "Bor'Kaan Volshool Ivanova". They claimed to have made it palatable for her by "diluting" with Russian vodka.[2][17]

" understand Brivari, yes?"

  • Brivari: A Centauri alcoholic drink and the official celebratory drink of the Couro Prido society.[18][2] The beverage must maintain a constant temperature or its very delicate flavour can be destroyed.[19]
  • Comet Tail: An alcoholic drink of human origin. Somewhat more potent than a Jovian Sunspot or Brivari, but not quite as incapacitating as Taree or Hot Jala. Normally comes with a recommended two drink limit to avoid passing out.[2]
  • Hot Jala: A hot Centauri beverage of sweet green and frothy liquid made from Jala.[20]

A Jovian Sunspot.

  • Jovian Sunspot: A human drink made from cream of coconut, cranberry-apple juice, vodka and orange juice that originates from Zeus, a little dive of a spaceport bar on Station Io. Susan Ivanova has claimed to have been one of the drink's creators by suggesting to Floyd (the bartender at Zeus) that he add vodka into the mix.[2] John Sheridan and Abbut both had a particular fondness for Jovian Sunspots.[21][22]
  • Kompa: A potent Llort alcoholic drink which shares its name with the drinking game by which it is consumed.[2]
  • Kriul: A very potent Narn drink that is lethal to humans, but can be used as a disinfectant.[2]
  • Peetcha: A Grome drink made from a tasty concoction of fermented fruit.[23]
  • Rmm*zzq!wwx: An extremely incapacitating pak'ma'ra drink that roughly translates as "Roadkill Malt". Humans are advised to avoid sampling at all costs.[2]
  • Sha'chai: A non-alcoholic drink of Minbari origin. While it has no intoxicating effects on Minbari themselves, to humans it is very potent and its consumption requires proof of medical coverage.[2]
  • Sha'neyat: A potent and strictly ceremonial Minbari tea (loosely translated as death destroyer) distilled from a combination of flowers, fruits, and grains. Though harmless to Minbari, Sha'neyat is a deadly poison to Humans.[9]

Ambassador G'Kar enjoying a glass of Taree.

  • Shirley Temple: Non-alcoholic Earth cocktail. Vir enjoyed drinking them. When Lennier met with him to say goodbye on the Zocalo, he asked what it was he was drinking. When Vir told him, he took the name of it literally believing it to be a real temple that he intended to visit the next time he went to Earth.[19]
  • T'm'lai'na: A very potent Abbai drink that has been known to dissolve human intestines and corrode metal.[2]
  • Taree: A Narn ruby-coloured wine drink flavoured with a variety of fruits and klaga bark spice.[24][2]


  • Although Flarn is established as a Minbari food, in ("The Parliament of Dreams"), Catherine Sakai told Commander Sinclair that she had just bought "Antarean flarn." Whether the Minbari exported flarn to the Antares sector or if the Antares sector produce their own version of Minbari flarn is uncertain.