Calvin Lee (@foodmakescalhappy)

Calvin Lee
Aug 25, 2019

It is evident from his Instagram handle & hashtag that food makes Calvin a happy camper or shall I say eater. A resource development executive by day, Calvin knows a thing or two about how to use every dollar to receive maximum flavour. Like many others, he states with a sense of appreciation that "Good food need not be expensive."

His Instagram page is not his first foray into the food media world. Calvin worked in a F&B company and was first exposed to the scene while trying to convince a friend to post marketing collateral to her food Instagram page, to which she declined. This sparked curiosity in Calvin and he set out to start his own Instagram page to find out why the landscape was as such. Soon enough, Calvin learnt that the integrity and originality of posts were of utmost importance. He believes that his audience deserved more than just information that can be easily found. This experiment turned into a passion project and Calvin has not looked back since. Calvin uses the hashtag #FoodMakesCalHappy to indicate that a place is worth checking out and #FoodMakesCalSad to "advise them to not waste their time on places that serves unpleasant food."

When you started, did you create an elaborate plan or was it very casual?

Nope, I did not have a plan. I just posted whatever I want :)

Do you have any inspirations you look to for your content?

Seth Lui, Miss Tam Chiak, Daniel Food Diary, Lady Iron Chef and many more.

What are your top 3 favourite dishes and which place served it best?

1. Hokkien Mee - Xiao Di Fried Prawn Noodle

2. Chicken Rice - Ming Kee Chicken Rice

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3. Cold Pasta - The Masses

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If there were a dish that was your nemesis on this food journey, what would it be?

Fast food restaurant's burgers/sandwiches. They are often wrapped tightly in the packaging and all the ingredients are "hidden" between the buns/bread. It takes quite some time to rearrange the ingredients and it can get messy, especially when there are sauces.

What advice do you have for those who might want to start food blogging or Instagramming?

Start because you want to share your food findings with more people, not because you want to be invited for tastings or events.

Where can people find out more about you?

Via Instagram @FoodMakesCalHappy or via e-mail

Chicken Rice

Calvin Lee