The description of the everyday life of aliens is often very sparse and does not include their eating habits.

It occurs to me that there is at least one example of an alien eating tool that is not ordinary cutlery in Star Trek, but I cannot remember.

I am specifically after alien-invented utensils of any sort.

  • Is there a specific show or movie you're wondering about? The Original Series? The Next Generation? The new Kelvin movie series? Or are you asking about the whole Star Trek universe? – LevenTrek Dec 24 '17 at 5:02
  • I think TNG, but cannot tell for sure. – wp78de Dec 24 '17 at 5:13
  • while researching my answer, I was fascinated by how many alien cultures seemed to have (independently of humans) developed their own versions of forks and spoons. perhaps that's just a stage of evolution for most races, somewhere between the wheel and the warp drive. – LevenTrek Dec 24 '17 at 5:45
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    @LevenTech Given that the modalities of alien eating in pretty well all Sc-Fi shows parallels that of Human eating modalities I don't think it's surprising that utensils are either Human designed or look like Human utensils. – Peter M Dec 24 '17 at 14:21

Klingons (sometimes) use a 2-pronged skewer called a 'puq chonnaQ'.

Although they don't have a name in the screenplay, Mark Okrand identifies the Klingon word for 'fork' as "puq chonnaQ", literally translated as a "child's hunting spear".

In Season 2, Episode 8 (A Matter of Honor), Riker sits down to eat with the crew of the Pagh, a Klingon vessel. Most of the Klingons are simply using their hands, but some of them (and Riker) are using these 2-pronged "skewers".

The Klingons were quite advanced (warp-capable, at least) before they ever encountered Humans, so it's likely they invented these skewers before learning about Human forks.

image of Klingon and Riker eating with two-pronged skewers

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    @Valorum Based on this newsgroup post by Marc Okrond it may be a puq chonnaQ (literally "child's spear"). – Jules Dec 24 '17 at 14:02
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    The two-pronged skewer is the antecedent of the modern fork. slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/life/design/2012/06/Forks/… Heck, we still use them now for specific foods. Thus, it's hardly a unique alien invention. – RonJohn Dec 24 '17 at 14:09
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    @Jules - An excellent find. I'm sure LevenTech won't mind me editing that into his answer. – Valorum Dec 24 '17 at 14:10
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    @Jules If that's the literal translation of it - it does beg the question why any self-respecting warrior would be seen at a table using them... – Jon Clements Dec 24 '17 at 14:45
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    @JonClements How honorable would it be to use your real weapons on prey that has already stopped moving> – Cort Ammon Dec 24 '17 at 20:58

Star Trek shows plenty of alien foods, but I don't know that we ever see any alien utensils in an episode. Jonathan Archer had some... interesting cutlery in Enterprise (Carbon Creek), but you'll immediately recognize them as normal human utensils

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Vulcans are mentioned in another episode as never eating with their hands unless wearing gloves, but the gloves are never shown in canon. Every other instance I can find is some "different" take on human stuff. Take this Lwaxana Troi shot of her holding some exotic fork. And she's hardly the only one

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    Oh man, I love how Memory Alpha has entries for Fork, Knife and Spoon. – n_b Dec 24 '17 at 5:14
  • @n_b And Chopsticks. And hairsticks. Memory Alpha is crazy complete... – Machavity Dec 24 '17 at 5:16
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    See also Category:Culinary tools, which has lots of human stuff and... not much else. – Kevin Dec 24 '17 at 5:27
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    This could be a pretty easy case of convergent design: since most Star Trek aliens are humanoid, they have basically the same design question: something you can grab with a hand and bring food to the mouth... and forks, knives, and spoons are pretty solid solutions to that problem. Vary in details, sure, but the basic shape could very well be the same. – Adam D. Ruppe Dec 24 '17 at 20:23
  • @AdamD.Ruppe, and yet here on earth we're all actually humans and there's at least two alternatives to the knife/fork/spoon combination that are used by 100's of millions of us. – The Photon Dec 25 '17 at 5:22

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