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"The strange secret to this nautical nibble? The tiny crabs inside the puff were still alive! Personally, I tend to prefer a tasty bite that doesn't bite back, so I made my own deepfried variation. This one captures the flavors of the Mon Cala original but without the risk of any claws up in your craw."
―Strono Tuggs, The Life Day Cookbook[1]

Crab Puffs were puff pastries stuffed with living crabs, originating on[1] the planet[2] Mon Cala. They were eaten by the native Mon Calamari in order to celebrate Life Day,[1] a galaxy-wide holiday of Wookiee culture celebrating family, joy, and harmony.[3] Sometime before the publication of The Life Day Cookbook, which took place after its predecessor's release[1] in 34 ABY,[4] author Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs traveled to Mon Cala in order to fix his Sienar-Chall Utilipede Transport. While on the planet, he visited a watering hole where a Mon Calamari chef gave him the recipe for the dish. The recipe called for live crabs, but Tuggs preferred his crab deep-fried, so he would later publish a deep-fried variation in The Life Day Cookbook instead of the original.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

In the current Star Wars canon, crab puffs were mentioned in the recipe book Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook, authored by Jenn Fujikawa and Marc Sumerak and published in 2021. The book includes an out-of-universe recipe for the puff-pastry. The ingredients are lumps of crab meat, garlic cloves, egg, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, onion powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, bread crumbs, and parsley.[1]

Crab-stuffed creampuffs as depicted in Tiny Death Star

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, crab-stuffed creampuffs appeared in the tenth installment of John Whitman's Star Wars: Galaxy of Fear young reader series, The Doomsday Ship, published in 1998.[5] They were pictured and appeared in the 2013 non-canon video game Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, developed by Disney Mobile. They were depicted as two buns with white filling sandwiched in-between and were served in the "Mon Cala Seafood" food level in the Death Star I battlestation. They cost 1,000 credits and took an hour and forty minutes to prepare.[6]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook
  2. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Life Day in the Databank (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.
  5. Galaxy of Fear: The Doomsday Ship
  6. Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
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