This answer will be divided into two parts: dishes I use for in-game effects and dishes I like eating in real life. This answer excludes character special dishes.
In game food for buffs:
- Adeptus Temptation — as the only five star food in the game, it naturally has the strongest effects. It also takes four ham, three crabs, three shrimp, and two matsutake to make, so I don’t use it very often.
- Jade Parcels — a four star food, again with the attack and Crit Rate boost.
- Any Crit-Rate increasing food — mathematically speaking, Crit hits give the most damage output, which is why any guide to building a DPS will prioritize Crit Rate and Crit Damage.
- If I need something small, then Qiunxe Stir Fry for the attack boost. Sometimes I’ll use Cold Cut Platter, for the physical damage boost, but that requires a lot of the processed meats, and I don’t keep much of them in stock. I also don’t have any built physical damage characters
Attack boosting food falls off a bit in the late game, especially if it increases attack by less than 150ish. Unfortunate, given I have almost twenty Fried Radish Balls I keep forgetting to use.
I want to mention potions here – while not technically food, they are both “consumables” and potions do give buffs. I prefer the damage-boosting versions to the resistance-boosting ones.
In game food for revival/healing:
- Sweet Madame – Easy to make, gives a decent chunk of HP back. I have this set as the revival food for my NRE food pouch.
- Fried Egg – for reviving, again, very easy to make. All you need is an egg. This is also my NRE food, for reviving.
- Chicken mushroom skewers and the new mint jelly – Like Sweet Madame but slightly worse. My friend lives off of these.
- Tea Break Pancakes and Golden Shrimp Balls – these are probably some of the best revival foods in that they give you the most HP back, excluding character special dishes. The Pancakes are one of two things that use berries, which is nice, but everything for Golden Shrimp Balls has to be bought at a store or found from barrels or crates.
In game food for other miscellaneous effects:
- Goulash – nothing is better when exploring Dragonspine. Chilled meat is easy to farm and tomatoes can be bought at shops. The warming effect also lasts quite some time
- Stamina reducing food – I like exploring and running around. Barbatos Rattitoue is probably my favorite.
- Golden Crab – I really think this dish is custom made for Noelle, given it boosts defense and healing bonus and Noelle’s healing scales off her defense. It does take more resources to make though.
- Noodles with Mountain Delicacies and Northern Smoked Fowl – these are responsible for making sure I don’t die from stamina loss. They do have a 5 minute cooldown, but it does make exploration and stuff much easier. They both give 60 stamina back if you have the delicious version of the dish.
- Crystal Shrimp – I love dim sum in general, and there’s a real life counterpart of these that’s my absolute favorite.
- Crispy Potato Shrimp Platter – I like crunchy things and potatoes and shrimp. Probably Lotus Flower Crisp for the same reason, but I’m not too sure about the lotus part. Lotus seed paste in mooncake is nice though
- Moon Pie – I don’t think I’ve ever had any sort of meat pie, but I am curious. This looks and sounds good
- Mushroom Pizza – pizza, need I say more?
- Jewelry Soup – Soup! And cabbage in broth, which is delicious
- Almond Tofu – I know this as almond jelly. It doesn’t have any tofu in it, both in the game and in real life, but the dessert is nice. There is a similar thing called “tohua” that’s basically tofu in sweet syrup, so I’m not sure which one it is but they’re both yummy
- Universal Peace – I think this is some sort of glutinous rice with veggies in it. It sounds good, like those lotus-leaf-wrapped rice packages with meat and mushrooms you can get at dim sum resteraunts
The difference with in game food and real life food is that I choose my favorite in game food for its effects and efficency. Real life food I choose by how it tastes.