As an avid foodie who is also a fan of Genshin Impact, I’ve always wondered how the aesthetic, in-game food would look and taste in real life. Luckily, HoYoFEST was in its second year running, this time at Flippers in Bugis Junction!
Hot on the heels of its successful first run at Aniplus Cafe, HoYoFEST sold out within hours, and it was almost impossible to reserve a table for two. Based on the snaking queue of walk-in customers, though, it doesn’t look like fans were deterred from checking out this popup!
The organisers pulled out all the stops this year, with a replica of a waypoint and life-sized standees of the four Archons situated a few steps from Flippers. While characters from Hoyoverse’s other titles were also displayed, it’s clear that Genshin Impact is still taking center stage.
Flippers also went the “chibi” route, with cute renditions of the characters with oversized heads. Each table is also fitted with a Paimon cutout to snap photos of your food with!
One thing I’ve to commend Flippers for is handing out the coasters and cup wrappers separately so diners can take them home. You also get a set of stickers and a postcard.
I’ve always been fascinated by the picturesque food in the world of Teyvat, so Flippers’ take on the most well-known dishes was spot on. The Adventurer’s Breakfast Sandwich left us feeling energised with its thick-cut ham with a poached egg topped with luxurious hollandaise sauce. This was a dish worthy of representing Mondstadt!
Fans of Keqing would have surely adored the Crispy Potato Shrimp Platter which comprised crispy potato chips layered with mashed potato and shrimp. The shrimp was surprisingly fresh and the berries added a touch of sweetness to this savoury dish. I wouldn’t count it as a main dish per se, but it was certainly as pretty as its in-game counterpart.
The Rice Pudding was another faithful replica of the in-game dessert, with a pleasant fragrant emanating from the bowl from the moment it was set at our table. While deceptively small, it filled us up pretty fast.
For drinks, the Berry and Mint Burst and Wolfhook Juice were as refreshing as they were pretty. The soda bases blended pretty well with the fruity flavours.
As with HoYoFEST 2021, diners are allowed to purchase from an exclusive shop. Though, you can still find most of the items online. I did wish there was more stock available for those who only got to visit from late afternoon onward, though, as most of the sought-after merchandise was sold out.
With dishes this yummy, I do wish that Hoyoverse would consider extending their popups with different themes so we can live our fantasies of adventuring in Teyvat! Looking forward to seeing what they cook up next year.