Cooking

Cooking animation in-game

Cooking allows John to turn ingredients into consumable dishes at a cooking station.

When interacting with a cooking station, a list of available ingredients will appear, and can be selected to populate into the recipe window. Three ingredients and one optional spice can be used to prepare each dish. Once a dish is cooked, that recipe is learned, and displays in the 'Recipes' tab inside the pause menu. After learning a recipe it will display in the cooking window before preparing, so it's clear what the ingredients will produce. If ingredients combined in the recipe window will produce a yet unlearned recipe, it will display that the result is unknown.[1]

Most dishes can be cooked using combinations of types of ingredients, for example a combination of any Vegetable.png Vegetable type ingredient with any Meat.png Meat type ingredient will produce Pork Chops. There are some dishes which require specific ingredients, for example only three Crab can be used to cook a Big Dam Crab Pot.

Spices

In addition to three ingredients each recipe can optionally include a spice, which applies a further buff. Each spice corresponds to a different buff, and the effects will scale up for dishes of higher quality.

Bonus Slots

When cooking there is a slot machine which immediately appears. "Winning" matching icons will produce higher quality dishes, with a bonus to both base and spice added stats. After the dish is cooked the base stats display, then increase as each star is added. In player inventory stars over the icon of the dish indicate its quality.

Matching two symbols will frequently result in a two star dish. The only method to get a 3 star dish is to match three of the golden cooking pots in the slot machine.

Recipes

Icon Dish Name Cooking Description Base Effects Ingredients
Vegetable Stir-Fry Take a vegetable, throw it in a pan. Take another vegetable, throw it in the pan, too. Repeat until satisfied.
  +4
  Vegetable (3)
Pork Chop Fry a big ol' slab 'a pork till golden brown and garnish with your favorite side.
  +6
  Meat (1)
  Vegetable (2)
  +7
  Meat (2)
  Vegetable (1)
Fish Sandwich Slap a fish between two slices of bread and pop 'er in your mouth.
  +3
  +2
  +20%
  Seafood (1)
  Vegetable (2)
  +2
  +3
  +30%
  Seafood (2)
  Vegetable (1)
Fruit Salad Slice and dice your favorite fruit and veg and toss 'em in a bowl. The soul is in the dressing!
  +3
  +2
  Fruit (1)
  Vegetable (2)
  +2
  +3
  Fruit (2)
  Vegetable (1)
Veggie Egg Stir-Fry Whether you should fry the eggs or the vegetables first is a long-standing controversy.
  +4
  +2
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Vegetable (2)
  +4
  +3
  Dairy and Eggs (2)
  Vegetable (1)
Hot Pot A good soup base can make anything taste great. It's all about that base!
  +5
  +2
  +20%
  Meat (1)
  Seafood (1)
  Vegetable (1)
Fruity Meat Stew Toss meat, fruit, and sauce into a pot and slow-cook to perfection.
  +5
  +2
  Meat (1)
  Fruit (1)
  Vegetable (1)
Meat Zongzi Digging through the sticky sweet rice is like hunting for buried treasure.
  +6
  +2
  Meat (1)
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Vegetable (1)
Drupe-Fried Rice Serve in the leftover sandrupe shell for the ultimate in presentation and flavor.
  +2
  +3
  +30%
  Seafood (1)
  Fruit (1)
  Vegetable (1)
Seafood Ramen Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to cooking the broth for this noodle soup.
  +3
  +3
  +20%
  Seafood (1)
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Vegetable (1)
Cold Noodles Add fruit and ice and you could almost be eating ice cream.
  +3
  +3
  Fruit (1)
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Vegetable (1)
Red Braised Pork Belly Quality meat and a perfect temperature are key.
  +8
  Meat (3)
Dumplings Stuff wraps with tasty fillings and fry, steam, or boil to perfection.
  +6
  +2
  +20%
  Seafood (1)
  Meat (2)
  +4
  +3
  +30%
  Seafood (2)
  Meat (1)
Sweet and Sour Pork Fry the meat, then toss in the fruit. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  +6
  +2
  Fruit (1)
  Meat (2)
  +4
  +3
  Fruit (2)
  Meat (1)
Oyakodon Fry chicken with soy sauce and sugar and mix in egg. Top with scallions for extra zing.
  +7
  +2
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Meat (2)
  +6
  +3
  Dairy and Eggs (2)
  Meat (1)
Burger Set Nobody can resist a hamburger.
  +4
  +3
  +20%
  Seafood (1)
  Meat (1)
  Fruit (1)
Sushi Platter Slice up some fish and top on rice. Or just roll the whole thing up!
  +5
  +3
  +20%
  Seafood (1)
  Meat (1)
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
Pizza Roll out dough and top with your favorite ingredients, for instance... pineapple?
  +5
  +3
  Fruit (1)
  Meat (1)
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
Seafood Skewers Impale your favorite seafood on a skewer and roast over an open fire.
  +4
  +40%
  Seafood (3)
Steamed Fish Stuff a fish with your favorite fruit and throw it in a steamer. Watch the heat!
  +4
  +30%
  Fruit (1)
  Seafood (2)
  +4
  +20%
  Fruit (2)
  Seafood (1)
Seafood Chowder Change up the spices for a smorgasbord of flavors.
  +2
  +4
  +30%
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Seafood (2)
  +3
  +4
  +20%
  Dairy and Eggs (2)
  Seafood (1)
Seafood Tempura Coat seafood with batter and deep fry until golden.
  +2
  +4
  +20%
  Fruit (1)
  Seafood (1)
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
Fruit Pie The best part of making a pie is picking out the fruit.
  +4
  Fruit (3)
Cake The perfectly cut fruit is key to this cake's presentation.
  +2
  +4
  Dairy and Eggs (1)
  Fruit (2)
  +3
  +4
  Dairy and Eggs (2)
  Fruit (1)
Steamed Eggs A deceptively complex dish. Don't overcook!
  +4
  +4
  Dairy and Eggs (3)
Sandrupe Pasta Cooking a sandrupe requires skill and heat. LOTS of heat.
  +4
  Sandrupe (3)
Fries The secret to the best fries is the temperature of the oil.
  +4
  Potato (3)
Pumpkin Soup Melt down the pumpkin to the perfect consistency.
  +4
  +2
  Milk (1)
  Pumpkin (1)
  Onion (1)
Mushroom Pasta Just be careful what mushrooms you use.
  +6
  +2
  Ham (1)
  Milk (1)
  Mushroom (1)
Big Dam Crab Pot Not only use the good crab, but the heat is also very important to cook the perfect Big Dam Crab Pot.
  +4
  +40%
  Crab (3)
Diet Set Useful but bland.
  +5
  +3
  +20%
  Chicken (1)
  Egg (1)
  Lobster (1)
Crab Roe Tofu Carefully extract roe from crab and cook with tofu.
  +3
  +4
  +20%
  Crab (1)
  Tofu (1)
  Egg (1)
Lasagna The type of cheese you use can completely alter its flavor.
  +6
  +2
  Tomato (1)
  Cheese (1)
  Pork Belly (1)
Takoyaki Requires special tools to make, making this a dish only experts can tackle.
  +3
  +3
  +20%
  Egg (1)
  Octopus (1)
  Onion (1)
Taco While the rest of the ingredients are up to you, the chilis are essential.
  +6
  Ribs (1)
  Tomato (1)
  Lettuce (1)

Achievements

There are two cooking related achievements which can be unlocked.

Icon Name Description Missable Notes
  Chef-in-Training Cook your first dish. Unmissable Unlocked by completing the story
  Five-Star Chef Collect every recipe in the game. Missable Unlock every every recipe in the game by cooking it and adding it to the recipe menu.

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