In 3 ABY, the Galactic Empire invaded the gas mining colony Cloud City, located in the skies of the gas giant Bespin. Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian summoned the Devaronian executive chef Torro Sbazzle to prepare refreshments for Darth Vader and his "guests;" unbeknownst to Sbazzle, Vader was capturing the rebels Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Chewbacca to lure his son, Luke Skywalker, to Bespin. Sbazzle presumed that Vader, like most Imperials, was human and began cooking dishes that his species could consume. As she made dumplings, she considered cutting the midnight-hued pastry flour with bantha butter instead of zaffa oil since it was less risky. Deciding she would not serve something bland and mediocre for what could be the last meal she ever cooked, she chose the oil.
Behind the scenes
Zaffa oil was introduced to the new Star Wars canon in "But What Does He Eat?," a short story by S.A. Chakraborty published in the 2020 anthology book From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, zaffa oil was mentioned in the story "A Very Special Meal," written by Peter M. Schweighofer and published in Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook; the sourcebook was a 1996 supplement to the West End Games campaign guide Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.
- "But What Does He Eat?"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance, simultaneous with From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back audiobook)
- From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back audiobook
Notes and references
- "But What Does He Eat?"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to 3 ABY. "But What Does He Eat?" takes place concurrently with the events of the film.
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back