Updated: May 28
"Angela (@alai.eats) shares her top 4 restaurants and using food to express
Why did you become a food blogger?
"I became a food blogger because I’ve realized that I eat out a lot with my
family and friends, and I wanted to capture all of the good food and drinks
I’ve had! The posts that I have on my own feed represents my hard work and
memories. It’s a great way to express myself and my passion for food! In the
end, I’m blogging to have fun because it’s an escape for me after a long day
of work or school.
Becoming a food blogger is a great way to inspire your audience, meet new
people, improve your writing & photography, while continuing to support
your local restaurants and small businesses!”
Start of @alai.eats
I started my account back in the end of December 2019 as @laichen.eats
with my close friend, and then I transitioned to @alai.eats in January 2021
because my friend had other interests to pursue! This gave me the
opportunity to go more full-out with my engagement and posts
My love for food definitely inspired me, but I would say after seeing many
food influencers around Vancouver on Instagram since 2018 I decided to
challenge myself and create an account! Until this day, my friends and family
all inspire me to continue my food account thanks to their words of
encouragement and support. If you want to try something new, I would
highly recommend starting a food blog! - you never know what can
What plans do you have for your account in the long-term?
This blog started off as a hobby, which turned into a passion and great
potential to showcase my work to potential companies I would like to work
with in the future. It made me realize my desire to pursue a social media
marketing career! I can develop new skills and maintain my food Instagram
blog by keeping up with delivering quality content.
As my account continues to grow, I hope that I can continue to meet more people and explore my palate by going outside my comfort zone to try new food.
How is DYNE helpful for you?
The best part about the DYNE app is that I can check out restaurants near
me! I really like this feature because it’s hard to decide what to eat these
days due to Vancouver's growing food industry, therefore, it can help me
explore new places and save time! I can also save money with their coupons
if I arrange meetups with my friends and other foodies. I’m definitely a fan of
Favourite Dim Sum
Kirin Seafood Restaurant
Kirin is my go-to for quality dim sum! You can’t go wrong with their classic
dim sum dishes and wonderful service. For dessert, their squid ink salted egg
yolk buns is a must! The authentic taste of the egg yolk custard would leave
you wanting more.
Must-try Donut Shop
If you’re ever in Chinatown, you have to drop by at Mello! They serve a
variety of fresh & fluffy brioche donuts; the best part is that each donut is
STUFFED with filling. I highly recommend trying their matcha, strawberries &
creme, and tiramisu flavor!
Classic Individual Hot Pot
Boiling point is the place to warm you up with their individual hot pots! Their
food is very flavorful, and the portions are very generous, plus if you go
during lunch, you’ll get a complimentary drink included with your meal!
There are only 3 locations in Canada all within the Lower Mainland!
Hit up Katsu San in Richmond for some crispy katsu! Their katsu is made
fresh in-house daily, and if you’re dining in, I recommend getting their
cheese katsu set for ONLY $15! The set comes with soup, rice, veggies, and
condiments. You can also get their delicious ramen too! An affordable place
with friendly service.