Name: Andrea Ng
IG Username: @andrea.eats.food
Location: San Francisco
What inspired you to start blogging the foods you eat on IG?
I grew up loving to try new foods and being adventurous with my palate so when one of my friends suggested that I start an Instagram to feature all the food I ate, it seemed super fun and interesting to try.
What kinds of foods did you grow up eating?
I ate a lot of Chinese comfort food, like noodles and dishes from Fuzhou and Hong Kong, that my grandparents cooked for me. My family also loves seafood so I grew up enjoying it. Some of my favorite dishes include tomato egg, Chinese herbal soups, chicken cooked in rice wine with thin noodles and so much more. I was never a picky eater so I liked to try everything.
Favorite snack growing up? Favorite snack now?
I really liked the Prince noodle snacks and lychee jelly cups growing up. Now, I love salted egg fish skins and anything spicy!
What’s your favorite thing about being a foodie blogger?
I love meeting new foodies and learning more about the small businesses that are in the area. One of my goals is to bring more business to smaller local businesses, especially during Covid when they’re struggling.
What do you dislike about being a foodie blogger?
It is really draining to feel like you have to post every day or consistently. Sometimes, I just don't feel motivated to create posts or just don’t have time to do content creation since I’m also a full time student.
What are some interesting things you learned through the process of blogging about food?
I’ve learned that food is such a strong bridge between cultures and people love talking about food they love. I’ve had some amazing conversations with people through the connection of food.
What’s one of your favorite foods and drinks you’ve posted on?
One of my favorite food posts was the mochi donut stack from Modo in San Jose and one of my favorite drink spots is HeyTea in Hong Kong.
When did your IG start to gain more attention from people? And what do you think triggered it?
People started following and engaging around April after Covid hit. People were spending a lot of time on their phones and social media platforms.
What inspired your style of posting content on your IG?
I get lots of inspiration from other foodies!
We love your work! How do you plan for food/drink photoshoots? What kind of equipment do you use?
I usually use a backdrop (from Daiso), a tripod and a ring light. I just move the food around and play with the layout to see what looks best.
What is your full-time job?
I am a full time student studying biomedical engineering!
What does a typical day look like for you?
I attend school at home via Zoom and usually am just working on homework and projects. I also work at a boba shop part time so that’s super fun!
What are some challenges you encountered to get to where you are at today (as a food blogger with 2.5k followers)?
I love building relationships with my followers but it has been difficult to retain followers when I don’t post consistently. It would be nice to gain a larger following but I do love the friendships I have made with the ones I have now.
What is your long term goal with food blogging?
I'd love to do food blogging part time and showing people some local spots around town. As much as I love brand partnerships, that’s not my overall goal. I’m just trying to find new spots and trying new cuisines!
Any advice for people who want to start a food blog?
I’d definitely say to go for it. Do what you love and don’t worry about the follower count. Just be yourself and show what you love. People love seeing what other people’s passions are!