Have you ever wanted to eat something out of a game? I guess it’s safe to say we all have. Food in games doesn’t just give you HP or boosts, it’s also an art form. From detailed textures to mouth-watering colors, the glistening of it all, game developers went and put a lot of effort into making food look as delicious as possible.
Here are some video game food, that I think we can all agree, would be bomb to eat in real life:
The Toadsteak Drumsticks
Final Fantasy XV features a wide variety of food that looks absolutely delicious. Every cooked meal is beautifully rendered with a high level of detail. It’s hard to pick a favorite but seriously, look at that detail, it’s like you can smell it from here.
The lemon? The corn cob? Everything about this plate is just *chef’s kiss*. Players have praised the game’s food for its realistic textures, vibrant colors, and mouth-watering presentation. Truly, food in games has never looked so good!
Luckily for you, you can actually recreate this dish IRL using this recipe:
- Active cooking time: 1 hour
- Total cooking time: 1 hr 30 mins
- Serves 2-6
- 2 lb rack of lamb (900g)
- 2 tsp salt (11g)
- ½ tsp pepper (1g)
- 1 tsp chili powder (3g)
- 1 tsp cumin (2.5g)
- 2 tsp garlic powder (6g)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar (12.5g)
- ½ tbsp honey (11g)
- ½ tbsp rice vinegar (7mL)
- ½ cup hoisin sauce (120mL)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (30mL)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). In a bowl, combine the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. Rub the lamb with the spices on all sides.
- Place a pan over medium-high heat. Sear each side of the lamb. Put the seared lamb on a baking sheet.
- In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. Brush the seared lamb with the sauce. Bake for 20-25 minutes. You want the lamb to be 135°F (57°C) for it to be medium rare.
You may now enjoy your delicious toadsteak drumsticks.
The Cake from Portal
Probably one of the most iconic and memorable foods in video game history. A central plot point in the game is where you are promised a delicious slice of cake as a reward for completing objectives. Despite the cake being a lie, I still rave about how delicious it looks.
Basically a chocolate cake with creamy white frosting and a cherry on top. Like a black forest, if you may. Fans of the Portal games (such as me) have created recipes and tutorials on how to make their own version of the cake, and many have attempted to recreate the cake in real life.
Chef’s Choice Platter from Monster Hunter: World
A dish prepared by the Meowscular Chef (which is a delight to watch). The platter is a visually stunning display of various meats, vegetables, and sauces, all beautifully presented on a large platter. Players are able to choose from a variety of ingredients for when they cook meals. Better yet, each of them has its own unique flavor and effects on the player’s stats.
The Chef’s Choice Platter is notable yet again for its mouth-watering presentation, with a wide variety of colors and textures that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. The platter is also highly flexible, allowing players to choose the specific ingredients that they want to include in their hearty meal.
The Chef’s Choice Platter’s connection to the game’s lore and world-building is part of its appeal. The platter is presented as a delicious and nutritious meal that hunters need to perform at their best. As you progress through the game, you will learn more about the various ingredients and their effect on your character’s stats, which will add to the overall immersion of it all.
Any food, from Genshin Impact.
Need I say more? From the Cake for Traveler, to pancakes (Tea break and lighter-than-air), up to the meats, dumplings, and soups. Even the drinks! We’d love to devour them all.
Brb recreating every single one of these delightfully-looking food in games for my tummy!