All-Star Instagrammers Share Their Favorite Eateries
Ever wondered who’s behind those drool-worthy shots of quivering slabs of uni or steaming bowls of ramen on your feed? Diana Hubbell asks the foodies running six popular Instagram accounts for their unfiltered tips on where to eat and how to capture the cuisine.
Published on Jul 26, 2016
Yota Sampasneethumrong and Jirayu Koo-armornpatana, @wearekink in
Of-the-moment food trend?
The new generation of Thai local chefs are fearless enough to push boundaries and approach traditional recipes with a whole new perspective.
Name a local foodie gem.
Along Bang Khun Non Road are foodstalls serving everything from soup with fish balls to boat noodles with pig’s blood. Every time we’re in the ’hood, we go to a shop called Nai Ouan where you just point and order. There are plenty of Thai curries, stir-fries and soups. Our go-to dish is kanom jeen gaeng kiew wan neua (rice noodles with green curry).
Sushi Masato (20-course omakase Bt4,000) recently relocated from New York to Bangkok. They serve omakase in the Edo-mae style. Every ingredient is fresh and at its prime. We really enjoy his mellow and aromatic shari (rice) as well as watching the chef’s skillful performance throughout the meal. The wide selection of sake here is great too.
Boat noodles on Bang Khun Non Road, Bangkok.
Crystal Wee, @crystal_wee
The no-frills dim sum at Swee Choon (dim sum from S$1) is the best. My favorites include the custard bun and mee sua kueh, a savoury noodle cake.
Where do you go to live large?
Pizzeria Mozza’s (pizzas from S$24) super-hot wood oven results in a crust that is crisp on the outside and chewy inside. It’s also one of the more casual restaurants in Marina Bay Sands and has a relaxed atmosphere.
Tips for aspiring food photographers?
Natural light is essential, and a shallow depth of field will help to achieve a beautiful bokeh effect. I also try to incorporate some human element, such as hands, for that personal touch.
Brunch at Luxe Singapore.
Erwan Heuss aff, @erwanheussaff
What do you crave most when you’re out of town?
I love my kare-kare, an umami bomb of a stew with a peanut flavor and fatty oxtail, hock and other cuts of offal. It’s served on rice with shrimp paste and limes.
Best new trend in Manila?
Pork sisig, in everything from tacos to baos to pastas is fried up with brains, soy sauce, lime, chili, vinegar, onions, garlic and other ingredients. Sarsa Kitchen+Bar (sisig dishes from P350) and Locavore (sisig dishes from P350) have rolled out their own interesting versions of it.
Aci bowl at Shaka Siargao on Shaka Island.
Daniel Haddad, @danielhungryhkz
A spot in Sheung Wan called For Kee (200 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan; pork chop bun set HK$37) does one of the best pork chops in HK.
Special occassion pick?
I love Amber (set menus from HK$598) at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel. The food is always outstanding.
Tips for snap-happy foodies?
I use the Nikon D3100 with a 35-millimeter lens. When lighting is dim I use my iPhone as a torch and use the Snapseed app to edit.
Tokusen nigiri sushi at Zuma Restaurant.
Joan H., @hungryintaipei
Even though I had been to Tonghua Night Market (Linjiang Street, Da’an District) dozens of times, I just found a shaved-ice shop that’s tucked into an alley off the main path. Order the peanut and sesame tangyuan (rice balls) over shaved ice with Osmanthus syrup.
Top break-the-bank meal?
Senju is a members-only sushi bar run by chef Adachi and the only place I’d pay NT$4,500 for omakase lunch.
Pro Instagram tip?
Rest your elbows or camera (or iPhone) on the table, or get an overhead shot. I try to get at least three different angles so I have more to choose from later. Most importantly, work quickly so your friends don’t get mad and the food doesn’t get cold. Yes, I want a great photo, but I still want to enjoy the meal!
Ice cream burrito at Tonghua Night Market.
Lauren Kenrick, @foodiemelbourne
Where do you go for a splurge-y meal?
You don’t have to splurge too much in Melbourne to get a splurge-y meal. For fancier dining, The Noble Experiment (omakase from A$65) serves modern experimental dishes, and Morris Jones Restaurant & Bar (set menus from A$95) also has a very sophisticated and theatrical menu. Neither will cost you the Earth either!
Favorite new discovery?
I only recently discovered Kirks Wine Bar (dinner for two A$70), a Parisian style bar that serves French-style share food matched with gorgeous wines. It is reasonably priced, the service is fantastic, the ambience beautiful, and the best part is the underground cellar dining room.
Craziest food trend?
Syringe donuts have been trendy for a while and continue to excite. My local suburban caf. Second Home (pastries from A$4.90) has just started stocking Bistro Morgan donuts, which are made by a 15-year-old boy.
Bath Tub Gin at the Noble Experiment.