The #MoneyShot: Hong Kong's Most Instagrammable Eats
Here's a crash course on #foodgramming.
The Shot: The trick to getting loads of food in one shot? Going top-down, which works particularly well with the served-sideways sliders at Burger Circus (from $68). Top off the shot with fries and milkshakes, set against the circus-themed décor for a surefire likeathon.
#Instatip: “Make sure you have your nails done and some accessories on! I had to take off my shoes and kneel on the bench with one hand holding my camera and the other hand holding the burger. It’s pretty tiring to stay in this pose for like 20 minutes.”
The Drunken Pot
The Shot: A favorite shot for amateur pyromaniacs, the Flame War has many applications: crepes suzette, bananas foster, Christmas pudding, flaming lamborghinis, you name it. At newly opened modern hotpot joint The Drunken Pot, the 5-in-1 pot ($320) includes a mound of papaya illuminated by a flaming shot of sake, for the perfect photo op. Want to recreate this shot at home? Simply douse alcohol on your fruit and light it up: just make sure you don’t singe your eyebrows in the process.
#Instatip: “Have steady hands, a creative mind and a passion for food!”
The Shot:The One-Hand Nomming is a favorite with food bloggers from all over the world, from New York to Tokyo. An urban background provides context, while passing traffic gives a sense of urgency to the shot—proving that you’re a jetsetter, a world traveler, or simply in a rush to your next meeting—but you still have time to craft the perfect ‘gram. With its photogenic duo of fresh egg gai dan zai puffs and soft gelato, Oddies Foodies produces some of the most instagrammed eats in Hong Kong—it’s your perfect on-the-go subject.
#Instatip: “Try to imagine how the chef would want the food to be presented. I was trying my best to get the cup in the middle and asking mom (aka the hand model) if she could hold it higher so I could capture the street view. Luckily, there weren’t any grumpy pedestrians nearby.”
The Shot: How do you attract Insta-foodies to your restaurant? Simple: Do up a wall of graffiti art that acts as a studio background for serious foodie shots. Whether it’s the hip urban feel of Little Burro or the flower-powered backdrop at Pololi, these places rack up the hits for simply having the perfect backdrop. Pair an earl grey ice cream sammie ($70) with the cookie splattered backdrop at Munchies and voila! You’ve got a surefire #instahit.
#Instatip: “Paint your food like Leo would paint his French Girl—orgasmically attractive on camera.”
The Shot: From wobbly, custard-filled Gudetama buns to the monkey faces at Twelve Cupcakes, cute animal-shaped eats are taking over our city, one Insta shot at a time. At new dim sum spot Yum Cha, it’s all about piggy buns, bird puffs, and oozing custard faces. And who doesn’t like eating a face or two?
#Instatip: “Pick the seats with the most light possible and use your iPhone flashlight if needed.”
The Shot: The Fusion Fat Attack serves two purposes: prove the extent of your unlimited eating capacity (a prerequisite for any food blogger) and prove how cool you are with your hipster two-cuisines-is-better-than-one fusion-leaning food preferences. In Hong Kong, you can achieve this at Seoul Bros, which serves plenty of carb-loaded fusion foods like these kimchi and cheese-smothered fries ($TK). The Korean writing on the food wrapper makes you seem extra artsy.
#Instatip: “I always order as much as possible: That way I have loads of food to take a picture of. Never be embarrassed to stand up, kneel, get on a chair… whatever it takes.”