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A reagent dish is a relatively simple food to make that offers significant adventure and stat gains at the cost of a food drop, one scrumptious reagent and one unit of dry noodles. For an individual to make it from start to finish requires both Advanced Saucecrafting (sauceror level five skill) and Pastamastery (pastamancer level five skill).
Originally, the reagent dishes (in particular Hell ramen) were the best foods in the game. These become duplicated in Black Sunday to significant levels. As a response to this, the chow mein dishes were created that were even better than reagent dishes however being a bit more complex to create.
Reagent dishes are some of the basic foods and two of them (gnocchetti di Nietzsche and spaghetti with Skullheads) can be created once the player has access to the Knob Goblin Kitchens. For a hardcore player, this can be both a blessing and a curse in that reagent dishes consume scrumptious reagents that would otherwise be used later in the game. More than one hardcore player has found himself running low on reagent potions above the beanstalk from eating too much at lower levels.
The reagent dishes and basic ingredients are:
|Food name||Base food item||Sauce name||Stat gain|
|fettucini Inconnu||goat cheese||fancy schmancy cheese sauce||47 - 52 Roguishness|
|gnocchetti di Nietzsche||knob mushroom||Himalayan Hidalgo sauce||47 - 52 Mysteriousness|
|spaghetti with Skullheads||Knob sausage||sauce of the ages||47 - 52 Beefiness|
|Hell ramen||Hellion cube||Hell broth||23 - 28 in each stat and meat|
This table compares chow meins with reagent dishes. Reagent dishes give less stats and adventures but are easier to make. Additionally, one would not only need Pastamastery but Transcendental Noodlecraft, as well as access to The League of Chef-Magi to make chow mein (though before 2006/06/14 only Pastamastery was required), while reagent dishes simply need Pastamastery and Advanced Saucecrafting.
|Hell ramen||Reagent dish||Bat/Knob/Rat chow mein||Pr0n chow mein||Tofu chow mein|
|Stats||69 - 84 (total)||47 - 52||70 - 75||40 - 52 (total)||38 - 47 (total)|
|Adventures||23 - 31||22 - 26||21 - 29||16 - 23||11 - 19|
|Stats/fullness||11.5 - 14||7.8 - 8.6||14 - 15||10 - 13||12.6 - 15.6|
|Adventures/fullness||3.8 - 5.2||3.6 - 4.3||4.2 - 5.8||4 - 5.7||3.6 - 6.3|
- The names of the three main dishes are all named after early famous players.