|Aliases||Food Treasure (食寶 Shokuhō),|
Drop of Two Sides of the Same Coin (表裏一体の雫 Hyōriittai no Shizuku)
|Location||Birth Cry Tree (Area 7)|
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PAIR (ペア Pea), also known as the Food Treasure (食寶 Shokuhō) and the Drop of Two Sides of the Same Coin (表裏一体の雫 Hyōriittai no Shizuku), is the mysterious soup that makes up Acacia's Full Course Menu Soup Dish. It is located in Area 7. There are multiple numbers of PAIR displayed within the Birth Cry Tree, making the tree a form of large planetarium like display filled with many numbers of PAIR.
PAIR gains its title of Drop of Two Sides of the Same Coin because when PAIR usually falls, the other part drops within the Back Channel and the only possible method of gaining the other half is through having one who is on the verge of death catch it. This title means that both the land of the living and the land of the dead (the two sides) share the same planet (the same coin).
PAIR has many different appearances depending on how it is prepared. Its basic description is that of a ball which can differ in sizes.
A conventional version (one which is not fully prepared) is known to shine bright like the stars. A cluster of conventional PAIRs which can be found within Area 7's Birth Cry Tree create the illusion of a planetarium when put together. PAIR which appears in its early stages appear as part of the current Monkey King's testicles as they are the origins of PAIR itself; it is covered in the same layering of skin as the current Monkey King himself and appears as an actual pair of testicles.
PAIR which is prepared fully takes on the appearance of a bright, swirling sphere of liquid or energy. The brightness of a fully prepared PAIR shines the brightest in comparison to that of a conventional PAIR and can be distinguished from it as well.
PAIR gives one the ability to interact with the deceased or with people on the verge of death. Not much is known about how this works, but it most likely has to do with a part of PAIR normally falling to the Underworld. In order to process the amazing taste of PAIR, it changes the gender of the ones that drink it (turning a male into female, and vice versa), and in addition, after drinking, PAIR grants the ability to see the Spirit World, also known as the Back Channel.
Just like the rest of Acacia's Full Course Menu, PAIR is an extremely difficult and an especially dangerous ingredient to prepare. In order to even be able to set foot on PAIR's location, one must have prepared and eaten AIR, the Food King of Area 8, as AIR provides the needed sustenance to allow one to enter the location of the Monkey King's habitat.
In order to capture PAIR, it is essential to know Area 7's Martial Arts discipline known as Enbu or Monkey Dance. The ways of Enbu allow one to survive the harshest area of the Mountain Continent but most importantly, allows one to survive the Monkey King himself. In order to capture PAIR from the Monkey King, the Monkey King must first be satisfied, initially, this was done with a female partner as the Monkey King offers PAIR to its female partner in order for them to create offspring. However, with little to no information on how many female Ballboons there are, the Monkey King must instead be forced into extreme nostalgia by dancing the famous Monkey Dance with the Monkey King. Once the Monkey King himself is lured into extreme nostalgia, PAIR will fall from the Monkey King.
The next stage of capturing PAIR at 100% is that both parts of it must be combined together in order for PAIR to truly form. This is done by ensuring that both balls of PAIR are captured in sync, the only possible way to do this is if one is on the verge of death as the other ball of PAIR travels to the underworld. After two sides capture both balls, it is then combined together within the barrier of life and death and if done correctly, PAIR will unleash its true form by breaking its second outer shell, revealing the swirling liquid or energy which is formed into a perfect sphere.
PAIR is an extremely hard food to prepare and in order to prepare it through normal means, it would take over thirty hours to simply get the soup within PAIR. There are 3 known methods for cooking PAIR:
- The first method, though considered to be the slowest, is putting PAIR through an object to filtrate it and release one drop at a time, allowing one to fill an entire bowl of PAIR. However, due to its thick density and structure, the drops take some time to fill up even an average sized bowl. For one bowl for an average sized human, it takes two hours before one serving fills the bowl itself. To serve larger creatures would take additional hours, making the method least effective if attempting to serve large crowds.
- The second method, defined by the Nitro as the truth method, allows for more of the soup to be released but takes twice as long for the final results. First, PAIR must be placed into a large mixing bowl, then must be stirred for a total of up to five hours to soften the texture of PAIR. Next, after five hours has passed, the chef must leave it in the sun to dry for ten hours, followed by searing it for a total of twenty-five hours. Afterward, the ingredient must be left to dry once more, only this time while the chef stares at it for an entire day without blink once. Next, the chef must begin to stew the ingredient consistently for over an entire week before drying it one more time, by which point the sphere itself breaks down, leaving only the large cooked PAIR to fill the large mixing bowl fit for almost millions.
- The last and probably most difficult cooking method for cooking PAIR requires two things: the first is that a chef must have an incredible affinity for Hearing the Voice of the ingredients, otherwise the hint cannot be revealed and cooking PAIR will take twice as long. The second thing needed is mastery over one's own kitchen knife, having to cut at the precise spot in order to complete the preparation. When it is stabbed at the right angle and with the right pressure, the sphere releases the contents, an entire ocean of soup pouring out and filling up anything that can be used in a bowl.
PAIR has an extremely high nutritional value. The first example of this was when Bambina used the sound of an unprepared PAIR, called the Bell of PAIR (ペアの鈴 Pea no Suzu), to feed everyone at the Monkey Festival and even the entire continent. The second example of PAIR's extremely high nutritional value was when the Four Heavenly Kings obtained the perfectly prepared PAIR amidst a field of natural Sandoriko flowers. Just the sound, smell and touch of a 100% PAIR was enough to not die from the Sandoriko pollen immediately and just a few drops on the ground was enough to stop the entire field of Sandoriko flowers from releasing pollen.
Being one of Acacia's Full Course Menu, PAIR has the ability to awaken one's Gourmet Cells. Consuming PAIR fully awakens the Gourmet Cells of the right arm.
As a side effect of being known as 'Drop of Two Sides of the Same Coin', PAIR has the capability to switch one's gender with one helping. This means that a male will begin to produce female body parts and become more feminine in appearance, gaining breasts as well as having more curvature on their bodies and females will gain more masculine appearances.
Eating PAIR will also feel like becoming an entirely different being, unlocking new "ways of looking at things", sensations, sounds, smells, textures and even tastes.
The greatest ability PAIR can offer as a food is the ability to see through the true 'Two Sides of the Same Coin,' meaning that one will have the ability to see the spirits of those who passed away, the ability to see and go through the Back Channel and the World of Souls. This ability becomes extremely strong once one has eaten a fully prepared PAIR.
Long ago PAIR was a mystical soup spring created from the Gourmet Cell-enhanced flavor of the Earth that existed in Area 7, however the area's native species, the Ballboons and their Ballboon king (who was Bambina's ancestor), slowly depleted PAIR's source, drying it up completely. Luckily the essence of the soup would live on within the Ballboons and form within their bodies as their "testicles." Since then, these Monkey Kings are the sole source of PAIR and they can only be extracted from them or the PAIR they themselves have placed on the Birth Cry Tree.
Cooking Festival Arc
It is revealed by "Kaka" that PAIR resides on 100G Mountain and is actually a part of Monkey King Bambina's body. As the Four Heavenly Kings along with the comatose Komatsu continue on their way to Bambina, "Kaka" reveals that there are two different types of PAIR; the conventional PAIR from the Birth Cry Tree and the source of PAIR Bambina.
When "Kaka" continues to inform the Heavenly Kings of the origins of PAIR, she states that PAIR itself was a true symbol of male strength. Because of its relation to Bambina, "Kaka" informs the group of the species which Bambina represented. She states that the Monkey King itself was a rare species known as Kintamandrill and the true origins of PAIR itself were actually PAIR being Bambina's testicles. Being the Monkey King's own testicles, PAIR was originally an ingredient decorated to be a display of courtship by male Monkey Kings to a female of the same species. Having 'PAIR' shine more beautifully was a symbol of strength and its owner gained the right to leave many offspring.Trivia
- PAIR having once been a natural soup that was consumed and dried up by native Ballboons which then gained the flavorful essence of the soup is quite similar to the history of the Century Soup which had also dried out but its essence continued to live on in the native Wall Penguins.
|Acacia's Full Course Menu|
|CENTER (Hors d'Oeuvre) • PAIR (Soup) • ANOTHER (Fish Dish) • NEWS (Meat Dish) • GOD (Main Dish) • AIR (Salad) • EARTH (Dessert) • ATOM (Drink)|