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A serving of live gagh

"I've been looking forward to gagh. I haven't had it for quite a while. Very fresh."
– Jean-Luc Picard, 2368 ("Unification I")

Gagh was a Klingon delicacy made from serpent worms. Although most Klingons preferred it live, it could also be served stewed or cold. (ENT: "Sleeping Dogs")

Many Humans found gagh unappetizing, though both William T. Riker and Jean-Luc Picard claimed to have developed a taste for it, and Doctor Julian Bashir occasionally enjoyed it. (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor", "Unification I"; DS9: "Melora", "Inquisition")

In 2154, Fleet Admiral Krell casually ate gagh as he informed Harris of Section 31 that he was reneging on their arrangement. After Captain Jonathan Archer had been exposed to and subsequently cured of the Klingon Augment virus, he had a "strange craving" for "a plateful of live gagh." (ENT: "Divergence")

In 2373, Neelix served cold gagh aboard the USS Voyager for a special Klingon breakfast buffet. However, none of the crew seemed very enthusiastic about it. (VOY: "Fair Trade") He did so again in 2377 when Voyager took aboard Klingons whose ancestors had migrated to the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "Prophecy")

Regular shipments of gagh started to arrive on Deep Space 9 after a permanent Klingon military presence was established on the station in mid 2373. Major Kira Nerys claimed a tentacle grabbed her hand while she was checking the contents of one such crate. (DS9: "A Simple Investigation")

In 2374, Bashir was given a plate of gagh intended for Worf instead of the red leaf tea, scones and Moba jam he had ordered. He rejected it as it was "too early." (DS9: "Inquisition")

In 2375, a shipment of gagh ordered by Jadzia Dax for the celebration of General Martok's birthday arrived on Deep Space 9. Ezri Dax later rejected the gagh due to being sickened by Jadzia's memories of it. She wanted it thrown out into space by dumping it out the airlock but was disallowed due to environmental laws. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")

In 2380 while being transported to Tulgana IV for diplomatic talks, a drunken Klingon General K'orin insisted on being set down in "Little Qo'noS" to find some gagh (or as Ensign Beckett Mariner referred to it, "hot worms"). He promptly stole the shuttle after landing and set off for gagh, to Ensign Bradward Boimler's displeasure. (LD: "Envoys")

Varieties of gagh

Four out of the many varieties of gagh

There were at least 51 different types of gagh, each with its distinct taste and texture. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter") These included:

  • Bithool gagh, which had feet
  • Filden gagh, which squirmed
  • Meshta gagh, which jumped
  • Torgud gagh, which wiggled
  • Wistan gagh, which was packed in targ blood

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Apocrypha

In the Klingon language designed by Marc Okrand, gagh is spelled qagh and pronounced slightly different from what is heard on the various TV shows. Preparation of gagh is discussed at length in his book Klingon for the Galactic Traveler.

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