11 Asian-American Food Bloggers to Follow in 2018
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By Kristine Cannon
New year, more food, please. For those looking to pepper their Instagram feed with a bit more food porn or craving culinary inspiration to spice up their year, skip the cookbook aisle of your local bookstore and head straight to these 11 Asian-American food bloggers’ websites and respective social media accounts.
If you’re looking for a consistent, aesthetically pleasing foodie Instagram account, then @girleatworld is it. As the name suggests, Melissa Hie, the girl behind Girl Eat World, travels the world in search of tasty culinary treats — from green tea soft serve in Japan to Portuguese Egg tarts in Macau.
Instagram (397K followers): https://www.instagram.com/girleatworld/
Facebook (10K followers): https://www.facebook.com/girleatworld
Kai Eats World’s Kai Chan is a growing presence on Instagram, with the competitive food eater and obstacle course runner scarfing down daring sammies, like an eight-patty-stacked burger, and outrageous sweet treats, like a five-pound, 4,000-calorie giant crepe topped with Pocky Sticks.
Instagram (17.7K followers): https://www.instagram.com/kaieatsworld/
Facebook (1K followers): https://www.facebook.com/KaiEatsWorld/
You’ve probably heard the name Molly Yeh before: She’s an award-winning food blogger, she’s been interviewed by Bon Appétit and Forbes (among other publications), and she released a cookbook in 2016, Molly On The Range. If you aren’t already following Yeh and her recipes inspired by her Jewish and Asian roots, then 2018’s the year. Her blog and socials give followers a glimpse into her and her husband’s life on their beet farm in North Dakota. (Yes, you absolutely read that correctly.)
Instagram (270K followers): https://www.instagram.com/mollyyeh/
Facebook (28K followers): https://www.facebook.com/mynameisyeh
Twitter (16K followers): https://twitter.com/mollyyeh
Looking for authentic Korean recipes? Maangchi is it. Emily Kim, the woman behind Maangchi, has been praised as “YouTube’s Korean Julia Child” by The New York Times. It all started in 2007 with a video of herself cooking Korean food on her YouTube channel, and she’s since then amassed over two million subscribers. Kim’s cookbook, Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, was also chosen as one of Amazon’s all-time 100 best cookbooks!
YouTube (2.1M subscribers): https://www.youtube.com/user/Maangchi
Instagram (92.5K followers): https://www.instagram.com/maangchi/
Twitter (19K followers): https://twitter.com/maangchi
Facebook (148K followers): https://www.facebook.com/maangchi
On Lalaine Manalo’s blog Kawaling Pinoy, which started in 2016, you’ll find hundreds of Filipino and Asian-inspired recipes, cooking tips and how-to videos. Malano quit her job as a food service director in a nursing facility to take on blogging full-time, and clearly it’s working out for her: She has over 100,000 followers on FB and counting.
Facebook (106K followers): https://www.facebook.com/kawalingpinoy/
Started in 2007, Maureen Ow created the Miss Tam Chiak blog to not only celebrate and explore Singapore’s ever-evolving food scene — from street vendors to fine restaurants — but also share her love of travel and food. Ow’s persistence and hard work clearly paid off because it’s now considered one of the top blogs in Singapore.
Instagram (98.5K followers): https://www.instagram.com/misstamchiak/
Facebook (83K followers): https://www.facebook.com/misstamchiak
YouTube (658 subscribers): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5qiiQs_Iajx7EmAznHI82A
Angel Wong’s Kitchen is about more than just Taiwanese food dishes and recipes; here, you’ll also find drink recipes, too — from how to make bubble tea to even a “how to make a Starbucks green tea frappuccino” tutorial. In fact, that’s how it all started for Wong: She uploaded her first YouTube video back in 2013 to share her love of Taiwanese Milk Tea.
YouTube (132K subscribers): https://www.youtube.com/user/angelwongskitchen/featured
Facebook (41K followers): https://www.facebook.com/angelcooksfood
Instagram (4.5K followers): https://www.instagram.com/angelcooksfood/
Maggie Zhu makes cooking classic Chinese food look so easy. Started in 2013, Zhu created Omnivore’s Cookbook as a way for people to get to know real Chinese food and “expose less-known regional cuisines, such as Northern and Xinjiang food, to a broader audience.” So, want to make kimchi pork dumplings? Or how about Xinjiang cumin lamb in 30 minutes or less? Turn to Omnivore’s Cookbook.
Facebook (29K followers): https://www.facebook.com/omnivorescookbook
Instagram (80.2K followers): https://www.instagram.com/omnivorescookbook/
Twitter (1.7K followers): https://twitter.com/omnivorcookbook
YouTube (14K subscribers): https://www.youtube.com/user/omnivorescookbook
A family that cooks together, blogs together. Well, no, that’s not the case for everyone, but it is for the four people behind The Woks Of Life: Bill, Judy, Sarah and Kaitlin. What’s even more interesting is that the parents, Bill and Judy, live in Beijing, while Sarah and Kaitlin live in the U.S. It’s on TWOL where they all contribute authentic Chinese recipes and write about life, travel and more.
Instagram (26.3K followers): https://www.instagram.com/thewoksoflife/
Twitter (1.7K followers): https://twitter.com/thewoksoflife
Facebook (14K followers): https://www.facebook.com/thewoksoflife?ref=hl
If you’re looking for plant-based food recipes for Southeast Asian food, including Malaysian food, look no further. Christine Leong started this blog in 2015 when she moved to California; and it not only has a ton of recipes (with a focus on seasonal vegetables), but she also conducted nearly 30 interviews with other food bloggers!
Instagram (2.1K followers): https://www.instagram.com/vermilionroots/
Facebook (2.5K followers): https://www.facebook.com/vermilionroots
Twitter (1.2K followers): https://twitter.com/vermilionroots
Soe Thein’s photos on Lime And Cilantro are stunning, boasting a darker, more mysterious aesthetic than most food bloggers’ images. A 2016 SAVEUR Blog Award winner, Thein started cooking in 2012 when he moved to the U.S., feeling homesick and craving the foods he grew up eating in his hometown Yangon, Myanmar. On this blog, you’ll find a wide variety of content, from recipes to travel tips.
Instagram (10.8K followers): https://www.instagram.com/limeandcilantro/