Samantha Lee, a Malaysian mom has turned into an Instagram star all thanks to the artistically created plates of food that she rustles up for her two daughters.
With more than 200,000 followers on Instagram, Food artist Samantha Lee is definitely the flavour of the season. She has appeared on numerous Malaysian TV shows, recreating her intricate food designs.
She takes about a 1 ½ hours to create each dish, and uses quite simple tools to give shape to her ideas. The stay-at-home mother of two has never attended any cooking class/training.
Samantha Lee’s Food Art:
Check out some of the Malaysian Food Artist’s designs.
1. Waiting for my ride
a. Bear: Nori, Cheese, Tomato fried rice
b. Suitcase: Cheese, Nori, Melted cheese on meat patty
c. Bus stop: Nori, Cheese, Green bean
a. Townhouses: Peanut butter, Bread, Nutella, Cream cheese, Icing
b. Boat: a Granny smith apple
c. Wall: Cereal
3. St.Basil’s Cathedral, Russia:
a. St. Basil’s Cathedral: Granny smith apple, 2 bread slices, Fuji apple, Nutella, Peanut butter, Gel icing (red, white, brown)
4. San Francisco!
a. Townhouses: Peanut butter, Bread, Icing/strawberry jam, Granny smith apple, Cream cheese, Red apple, Nutella
b. Tree: Kiwi
c. Golden Gate Bridge: Icing/strawberry jam
a. Monkey: Meat (body), Brown rice onigiri, Nori (seaweed), White rice onigiri
6. Native American
a. Native American: Rice (fried rice or brown rice), Carrot, Nori, Cheese
b. Tent: Spaghetti, Cheese on meatball, Nori
c. Bow & arrow: Nori, Cheese, Spaghetti
7. Cowboy Way
a. Cowboy: Nori (seaweed), Cheese, Onigiri (rice ball)
b. Cowboy rope: Spaghetti
c. Horse: Tofu, Nori, Cheese
d. Cactus: Cucumber
8. T h e P e n g u i n s !
a. P e n g u i n s: Cream cheese, Multigrain bun, halved, Nutella (as brown or black), Apple (eyes & nose)
b. House: Apple (1 centimeter thickness slices)
c. Mountains: Watermelon
d. Fish pond: Cereal, Yogurt
e. Fishes: Strawberries
9. S n o o p y!
a. Snoopy: Multigrain bread, Nutella, Cream cheese
b. Snoopy’s doghouse: Apple
c. BBQ firewood: Strawberry, Cookie sticks, Mashmallow
d. Moon: Peanut butter, Multigrain bread
e. Stars: Choc fudge or Nutella, Sprinkles
10. I a m M i f f y
a. M i f f y: Nori (seaweed), Bok choy (boil in salt water), Onigiri (rice ball)
b. M i f f y ‘ s Home: Pure cream for drawing, Cucumber soup
11. Hello Kitty
a. Hello Kitty: Choc chips, Wholemeal bun, halve, Nutella / Choc fudge (for drawing)
b. Balloons: a variety of berries
c. Clouds: Whipped cream
d. Ground: Cereals, Yogurt
a. Minions: Cheese slice for the goggles, Cheese on meatballs, Nori for black
b. Lightbulbs: Red and yellow bell pepper
a. Pirate: Apple, Nutella, Wholemeal bun
b. Pirate Ship: Watermelon, Rock melon, Wholemeal bun (skull & flag)
c. Sun: Banana
d. The ocean: Cereal, Yogurt
14. The Little Mermaid !
a. Mermaid: Cream cheese, Bread bun, Strawberry, Blueberry, Apple, Scrambled Eggs
b. Fish: Babybel (cheese), Blueberry, Strawberry
a. Ninja: Nutella, Bread bun
b. Sword: Banana, Apple
16. Little Red Riding Hood!
a. Little Red Riding hood: Cream cheese, Wholemeal Bun, halve, Jam, Peanut butter, Blueberry (eyes), Strawberry (scarf), Apple
b. Basket: Wholemeal bun, Choc fudge or Nutella to draw
c. Sun: Kiwi fruit
d. Trees: Apple (tree trunks), Strawberries
17. Windmill ! Welkom in Nederland
a. Windmill: Peanut butter and bread for the building, Apple as sails & door, Nutella and bread for the rooftop
b. Clouds: Cotton candy
c. Tulips (red): Pomegranate
d. The ground: Cereal, Fruits, Yogurt
18. Quack Quack Quack !
Tools: Cling wrap, knife, scissors and toothpick.
a. Duckling: Onigiri (Use cling wrap for molding rice. One for the head plus one for its body). Cut out the nori for black. For shaping the the crown, place the cut out nori atop the cheese slice. Then cut/trace the shapes using knife/toothpick. Nori can stand and sticks on the rice.
19. Polar Bear
a. Polar bear: Onigiri (a rice ball)
b. Penguins: Nori as colour black, Sausages
- For the penguin’s beak, use a toothpick for drawing a triangle on a cheese slice
20. J’adore Paris
a. Eiffel Tower is made using pancakes. Pancake batter in a squeeze bottle for drawing the shape. Choc fudge/ Nutella for details.
b. Clouds: Whipped cream
c. Trees: Veggie sticks, Kiwi
d. Landscape: Fruits