In the episode “Walkabout”, G’Kar reveals than the Narn food “breen” is the same as Swedish meatballs from Earth, and that all sentient races have them.

It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

The obvious answer to me is that this was from the Vorlons, given that they gave most every race telepaths, and apparently a belief that religious figures match them.

Could the Vorlons imparting their culinary preferences on younger races be the reason every sentient race has Swedish meatballs?

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    Possibly an oblique reference to Douglas Adams who said the same about gin and tonic (jynnan tonyx, etc)? Nov 17, 2017 at 8:25
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    Probably the shadows, as they're the "what do you want" type, not "who are you" Vorlons. Are you a meatball, or do you want meatballs?
    – thrig
    Nov 17, 2017 at 18:41
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    @Valorum "The smell, the taste!" There's more to the meatball than the meat. The spices and such are part of it too. Nov 17, 2017 at 20:42
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    @DanielRoseman I always thought so. Regarding the question itself, there's no reason to pick the Vorlons as a possible cause for this over any of the First Ones. Any one of them could have had a strange sense of humor and caused this to happen. Really, the Vorlons seem to humorless it's almost an argument against it being them. Nov 17, 2017 at 23:23
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    Unless it's somehow related to a race developing telepathy, I doubt the Vorlons would bother. Jan 17, 2018 at 20:33


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