Bowl of brown
Brown is often cooked for long periods of time, simmering for year after year inside huge tubs where it receives new ingredients while being constantly served to the poorest residents of the city.
Common ingredients include barley, carrot, onion, turnip, apple, and whatever pieces of meat its makers can get hold of and dare to include in it, including fish caught locally. The meats vary according to each pot shop, but it is not uncommon for them to include pigeons, rats, cats, and dogs. Some even use dead bodies of dubious origin.
According Mushroom, the younger son of Lord Hornwood and two of his companions may have ended up in a bowl of brown after disappearing from Flea Bottom in the aftermath of the Dance of the Dragons.
When he was young, Ser Duncan the Tall would sell cats, pigeons, and rats to a pot shop in King's Landing. Duncan later observed that Ser Kyle was not interested in the thick brown stew served at the wedding tourney at Whitewalls.
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Mostly she tried not to think about the meat.—thoughts of Arya Stark
Prices had risen sickeningly high on greens, roots, flour, and fruit, and Tyrion did not want to think about what sorts of flesh might be going into the kettles of the pot-shops down in Flea Bottom.—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister
Kem: Rats wouldn't eat my mother's cooking. There was this pot shop, though. No one ever made a bowl o' brown like them. So thick you could stand your spoon up in the bowl, with chunks of this and that. You ever have yourself a bowl o' brown, Halfman?
Tyrion: A time or two. Singer's stew, I call it.Kem: Singer's stew. I'll ask for that next time I get back to Flea Bottom.
Kem: Why's that?
Tyrion: It tastes so good it makes me want to sing.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
- The Sworn Sword.
- Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.