9 Iconic Movie Foods That Left Lasting Marks
May 18, 2022
Amazing Movie Foods
Food always draws people's attention! It is one of the most aesthetically appealing features in every scene, regardless of what’s playing in the film. A director can use food to convey core characteristics of a person's personality, such as what they enjoy eating and whether they carefully slice their food or dive right in. Short dining scenes can even provide micro-narratives and show a different aspect of a character. Depending on how the scene is framed, preparing meals or dining together can be an intimate activity, signifying romance or a long-lasting friendship. How at ease the characters appear to be when having a meal can also reveal a lot about their affection for one another.
And that exactly makes us bond with the food shown in the movies. Here are some of the movie foods that made numbers around the world.
1. Remy’s Ratatouille from Ratatouille
Ratatouille, a 2007 Pixar film, had moviegoers rooting for a rat loose in a Paris kitchen – and it made us desire a simple, frequently overlooked peasant meal. The classic tomato-based stew appears beyond the cartoon film's title when Remy, a skilled chef who also happens to be a rat, delivers his own spin on it to a snooty food reviewer. The moment he tries the meal, a flashback to his youth reveals that ratatouille has always been his go-to comfort food. The ratatouille softens the rigorous critic's heart by sending him back to his childhood in the countryside.
2. Turkish Delight from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Who hasn't wished for a piece of Turkish delight after seeing (or reading) the iconic scene in CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Edmund and the Snow Queen? The candy appears easy on paper, but it is exceedingly complex to make. It is made from a combination of rose oil and sugar. After the release of this movie, the scene boosted the sale of Turkish delight by 200% in the UK.
3. Tiana’s Gumbo from The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog, a 2009 Disney picture, made us yearn to visit New Orleans, but more than that, it made us crave a taste of a certain food. Gumbo. Gumbo in New Orleans style is a real flavor of Southern culture. This powerfully flavored stew is packed with flavorful ingredients including bell pepper, sausage, stewed tomatoes, and crabmeat.
4. Spaghetti and Meatball from Lady and the Tramp
The spaghetti and meatball scene in Lady and the Tramp will always remain an iconic moment. Two dogs from opposite sides of the tracks nuzzle over a bowl of noodles. The scene has been immortalized through the years. The dish is ideal for Valentine's Day because the film that inspired it is a romantic classic, placing 95th on AFI's list of the 100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time.
5. $5 Milkshake from Pulp Fiction
In this iconic food scene, the edgy Mia Wallace goes on a fake date with Vincent Vega to Jack Rabbit Slim's, a fictitious 1950s-themed diner. Mia orders a $5 "Martin and Lewis" milkshake at the restaurant, which Vincent refuses. Though first unconvinced that a vanilla milkshake could be worth $5, Vincent appears to alter his mind after taking a drink.
6. Boeuf Bourguignon from Julie and Julia
This meal sticks out in Julie and Julia because Julie burns it the first time she tries it. But over time she perfects the dish. Julie's narration in this sequence makes it appear like a cooking show, as she recounts all the minor intricacies while preparing this Beef Bourguignon. The sound and look recorded and created here while the meat simmers on the pan make you crave this classic meal.
7. Lembas Bread from The Lord of the Rings
Lembas is without a doubt one of the most well-known dishes from The Lord of the Rings. Lembas translates to "travel bread," and it is claimed to fill a man for a whole day's journey. This waybread is said to be more delicious than cram. Its recipe was a highly guarded secret, and it was only shared with non-elves on rare occasions. It was toxic to creatures tainted by evil, as were other Elves' goods, and Gollum refused to eat it directly.
8. Butterbeer from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Harry Potter series has introduced several unique dishes, like Hagrid's Rock Cakes, Acid Pops, and Chocolate Frogs, but none compare to the butterbeer. This refreshing cocktail is made with soda, sugar, heavy cream, butter, and a hint of rum. If you enjoy creating creative dishes at home, this beverage is a must-try for you.
9. Ram-Don from Parasite
One of the most popular foods in recent years is Ram-Don which was seen in the Oscar-winning movie Parasite. Symbolizing the movie’s agenda to show the clash between rich and poor the bowl of Ram-Don was made with two packets of instant noodles and cubes of high-end Wagyu beef. The actual Korean name of the dish is jjapaguri. But translating it for the English-speaking audience seemed difficult. So Darcy Paquet, a subtitle translator, reasoned that audience members would be familiar with the terms "ramen" and "udon," so he combined the two.