Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough

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The Tears of the Kingdom A Signature Food quest is part of an ongoing election war that’s started brewing in Hateno Village involving the village chief, Reede, and the fashion designer, Cece. The initial instructions for this quest are a bit vague, but we’ll run you through everything you need to know. 

If you’re struggling to find the village, we have a Tears of the Kingdom Hateno Village location guide filling you in on where to find it on the map, and the best routes to get there. We also have a Tears of the Kingdom coordinates guide, which might help you with finding some of the locations we describe in this walkthrough. 

Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough: Koyin making Hateno Cheese.
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How do you start the A New Signature Food quest

When you enter Hateno Village, go into Cece’s clothing shop on the left (coordinates are 3355, -2125, 0121) and there’ll be a cutscene which leads into the electoral battle. Once that’s finished, go Reede’s house at coordinates 3429, -2082, 0131. Talk to him, and you’ll get the A New Signature Food side adventure. 

Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough: Reede's house location on the map.
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Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough

You’ll be told about a dish that Reede’s grandfather made which is described as having a “creamy, melty mouthfeel” with a “unique, pungent aroma”. Not exactly easy to narrow down. However, it’s implied that the local farm could have some leads, so go to coordinates 3636, -2104, 0178 and have an ask around. If you speak to Dantz, he’ll inform you that the fresh milk they usually give out has run dry because of the lack of acorns. Simply grab three acorns (you can find them in the forest just outside Hateno Village in the west), and you can exchange them for a bottle of fresh milk. That’s your first ingredient down.

Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough: A bottle of Fresh Milk.
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Next, you’ll want to go to the dock in the farm and speak to the girl standing there looking at the lake. Her name is Koyin, and she won’t be very helpful until you retrieve the message in a bottle from her great-grandfather which is in the middle of the lake. You’ll need to grab this with the Tears of the Kingdom Ultrahand ability, and the easiest way to do so will be to chop down a few nearby trees, make a raft out of the log, and use the raft to close the distance between you and the bottle. Once you hand the bottle over to Koyin, it’ll be revealed that her great-grandfather was the cheesemaker partner of Reede’s grandfather. 

Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough: Koyin's bottle being picked up by Link.
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Go into the nearby farm building and you’ll see Koyin there working. Speak to her, and she’ll have solved the mystery of the dish Reede was after – Hateno Cheese. She’ll also open up a Hateno Cheese shop, so feel free to visit it if you ever need any. Go back to Reede’s with the Hateno Cheese in your inventory and he’ll immediately notice the smell, confirming it to be the food he was after. You’ll be awarded with 100 rupees for your trouble, and the Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest will be complete. 

Tears of the Kingdom A New Signature Food quest walkthrough: Link speaking to Reede again to finish the quest.
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If you’re looking for more food related tips, we have a Tears of the Kingdom recipes guide. If you need money for ingredients in TotK, have a look at our rundown on how to get rupees in Tears of the Kingdom for some great money-making tips. 

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • Release Date: May 12, 2023
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre(s): Action, Action Adventure, Adventure
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