Daniel

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hen not blogging about food, Daniel Ang is a corporate trainer and lecturer teaching Mass Communications and Social Media at various institutions.




He had presented in Radio1003 for more than 10 years, known for a food programme of the same name “Daniel’s Food Diary”.

Other than radio work, he has hosted a travelogue “Youth Quest” with Channel U which won the Asian Television Awards; and The Supper Places, a food segment under The 5 Show on MediaCorp’s Channel 5.

Currently, he also seats on various food related judging panels, including the prestigious Singapore Blog Award and Epicurean Star Award.

He thanks the good Lord for all the wondrous things he has done in his life.

The following interview is done by his students, and he thought he should share his answers here.

Why do you choose to blog about food? Why not other topics?
Food is a more timeless topic and seems to resonate more closely with what many Singaporeans are fond of. Food brings people together.

What/who inspired you to become a food blogger?
Moses Lim. If you have spoken to him, you know that he is very passionate and detailed about what he loves – food. His dedication towards his craft and people in what inspires me. Food is never really just about food, it is about the people.

What other interest do you have other than blogging about food?
Exercising, if I can afford the time.

What is your favorite food review you have done & why?
There are no particular favourites – but I generally prefer those where I got to speak with the owners of the food establishments. I learnt a lot from owners and chefs of Crystal Jade, Da Paolo, Astons, MOF, Andre etc – They are all humble people who worked really hard for their dreams.

Is there any food blog that inspires you?
Some of those I like reading include Camemberu, MissTamChiak, and Cuisine Paradise who are usually more personal. I enjoy blogs which are more real where you can sense the personality of the writers.




What are the motivations that drive you in doing a food blog?
Definitely not money. Few can earn a decent living out of blogging (yet). I hope this can lead me to something greater, such as publishing a book or opening a café.

Have you ever received any negative feedbacks or setbacks?
Yes, readers do complain – such as recommending a ‘wrong’ place. You just have to keep in mind that 1) Taste is subjective 2) They are not personal.

For blog advertorials, social media engagement and appearance enquiries for food related hosting, judging and workshop (corporate/schools) training, please contact via: [email protected]

Do note that DanielFoodDiary.com generally declines media tastings, events and food products.

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Comments

  1. Hi Daniel,

    This is my first time reading your blog and knowing u through your blog. I would like to say a big thank u for the information provided. I enjoy the latest entry regarding cny goodies. I finally found people who can agreed with me that Lao yu sheng is only healthy without the plum sauce and oil. Thanks once again .

    Regards,
    Alexis

  2. Hi Daniel,

    This is Ben from Eat and Travel weekly Hong Kong. I’m going to write a story about the restaurants in Singapore. I will be Singapore 29/3-4/4. Will there be any chance to catch up and have a chat during my visit?

    The theme of my story is about the new generation of Singapore who born in 80’s and 90’s. Would like to write a story about how their lives are. We are interested in the small shops they have. For instance, shops in Haji Lane and Holland Village. The restaurants, also, which are managed by them, like 2 a.m. dessertbar. I’m still seeking more information, if there are some more shops or stories, please let me know. The night life, also, is one of my story line.

    Thanks.

    Ben Leung

    About Eat & Travel Weekly

    Since its launch in 1997, Eat & Travel Weekly has established itself as the most influential, authoritative and user-friendly magazine of food, travel and lifestyle in Hong Kong. It is the first weekly magazine to specialize in featuring food and travel, and is highly reputed with its rich variety of food and travel stories, credible restaurant reviews as well as refined and lively visual presentation.

    The reader

    Eat & Travel Weekly reaches a very wide spectrum of readership aged from 18 to 45, and the circulation per week amounts to about 180,000. Research shows that a number of them are affluent young professionals with high spending power, they are passionate about looking for fine-quality food, they keep planning to explore attractive destinations for holidays, and in general, they are very concerned about upgrading their quality of life.

    Travel

    What keeps impressing the readers is our thematic approach for destinations, which enables a very in-depth study of local food cultures. From metropolitan cities like Tokyo, Paris, London, Yew York to hideaway escapes like Bali, Crete, Tasmania, the Seychelles to destinations off the beaten track like Ethiopia, Iceland, Arizona and East Timor, the magazine always succeed in giving a silhouette of local ambiance and a comprehensive picture of their daily life.

  3. Yo Daniel :
    I simply love your Foodie Blog. Keep up the great work, I’ll be following your blog !
    God Bless,
    sis Naomi (aka River Jordan)
    Check out my blogs http://streetfoodwarmsyourheart.blogspot.com/
    http://pilateandourselvesguiltyofthesaviours.blogspot.com/

  4. You’ve done a great job capturing lots of different foods.

  5. Pak Geok Choo : August 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

    This is the first time I am accessing your blog. Wow, what a way to get to know your blog, I mean, the events leading to the Diner en Blanc but it is definitely a good experience.

    Thank you for highlighting the incident. I get to see your character and life principle, almost unbelievably – through this food events. Thumbs up. Singaporeans are not that all materialistic after all. We are passionate people who have principles and dare to stand up for what we believe in. 🙂

  6. […] on August 6, 2012 by P • 0 CommentsAs part of the Cook for Family Initiative campaigned by Daniel, both K & I had some quality time in the kitchen whipping up a storm (ok, almost) and just […]

  7. Found you through Instagram. Thanks for introducing some nice foods in Singapore. I'm a fellow food blogger. If you have time, have a read hungrysingaporean maybe u can get some inspiration of other food places in SG.

  8. Found you through Instagram. Thanks for introducing some nice foods in Singapore. I'm a fellow food blogger. If you have time, have a read. http://www.Ahungrysingaporean.blogspot.com maybe u can get some inspiration of other food places in SG.

  9. First time reading your blog when I was surfing food reviews on Jap restaurants in Singapore. Like the photos taken too, everything looks yummy!

    Blessed Christmas and God bless,

    Yv

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  11. […] part of the Cook for Family Initiative campaigned by Daniel, both K & I had some quality time in the kitchen whipping up a storm (ok, almost) and just […]

  12. Hi Daniel,
    Really fantastic!
    May you do better in the future, and pls share some recipes about black garlic if possible.
    http://pinterest.com/blackgarlics/pins/

    Thanks and best regards,
    TOM

  13. Hi Daniel

    Any chance of a short visit on Nov 6 or Nov 7 while I’m in Singapore?….Founded in 1987 I continue to host the longest running radio food show in California…broadcast from the San Francisco bay area…

    Thanks

    Steve Garner

    KSRO-The Good Food Hours

  14. Hi Daniel! I am an NTU undergrad who is currently doing an assignment on recommending people to go overseas to represent Singapore for an event. This is all a fake scenario, but I was wondering if you would be so kind to tell me if you have been overseas for any Overseas SIngaporean Unit (OSU) event before? I would like to recommend you in my assignment having been an avid reader of your blog for quite some time but one important criteria is that you have not been to an OSU event before. I hope to hear a reply from you soon and thank you so much for having such a great food blog 🙂 Really enjoy reading it 🙂

    • Hi Harriet, thank you for your enquiry. I am sorry that I am unable to help with your assignment, too many requests of late. All the best for your assignment and may you do well! Cheers.

  15. Hi Daniel,

    How are you ?

    You previously blog about our fries and dips back in 2010. We have introduce many new dishes since then. I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our café again for a food tasting session.

    We are located at the Marina Link between Esplanade MRT station and Marina Square.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Koon Teck
    Rock & Ash
    #B1-03 Marina Square

  16. Dear Daniel,

    Thank-you for your blog on Saigon Lotus. I & my partner are very grateful. I am one of the partners of the restaurant but there is some miscommunication with regards to my professional status. In your article, you name my full name and this could infringe with my professional disclosure with my banking job that I do on a day to day basis ” conflict of interest of employment terms”.

    Could you please assist me and relook at editing your blog on the restaurant with removing my official name from the article?

    I thank-you in advance and hope to one day have a chance to thank you personally.

    Hien Trung

    • Dear Hien Trung, I have removed the name. No worries. I could have possibly taken the information from other press sources, so you may want to check as well. Hope you do well. 🙂

  17. Henriko Rainy : March 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

    hi daniel …..i live in batam….please help to share how to cook ….thanks before

  18. […] April few years back, food blogger Daniel Ang had a chat with Bakerzin’s CEO Daniel on his greatest regret. The following originally […]

  19. 江口順爾 : April 8, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for your blog !! I am director of bariuma

  20. 江口順爾 : April 8, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for your blog !! I am director of bariuma

  21. Hi Daniel, I run my own proofreading company – and I was wondering whether you would be interested in utilising my services.

  22. Hi Daniel would you contact me would like to speak about inviting you to a dinner at the Marina Bay Sands. Kind regards, JB

  23. Hi Daniel,

    My client will be opening a new cafe soon. I'm very keen to engage your service for review write up on the newly opened cafe.

    Kindest Regards,
    WeiRi Chen.

  24. nice to meet you at this blog Daniel, i think blog help me much when i come to Singapore to find out somes to eat

  25. Maya Maionic : July 8, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Hi Daniel,

    If you come to visit Thailand again plz come to Audrey Cafe & Bistro at Thonlor 11, there is such a nice place and wonderful foods want you to try if it sound interesting plz don't hesitate to contact me, thanks.

  26. Maya Maionic : July 8, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Hi Daniel,

    If you come to visit Thailand again plz come to Audrey Cafe & Bistro at Thonlor 11, there is such a nice place and wonderful foods want you to try if it sound interesting plz don't hesitate to contact me, thanks.

  27. ur blog is a good read!

  28. Olá Daniel, gosto muito do seu trabalho!!! Como muitos devem fazer o mesmo , gostaria de dar uma sugestão . Vá conhecer a gastronomia no Sul da America , BRAZIL . A diversidade da gastronomia é fantástica sabores únicos de produtos da Amazonia !! Faz contato que eu darei boas dicas !!

    Abs

    Öscar Motta

  29. Hey Daniel, this may sound strange but your blog brings me a lot of comfort. Having lived in Singapore for 5 over years, as you know, me and my family ate Singapore dishes exclusively. Reading your blog and seeing photos makes me feel like I'm home again. Now living in the States, I rely on my friends who send me ingredients and I'm able to regularly make my family our favourites like Chicken Rice, Nonya chicken curry, Laksa, Beef Rendang, Mee Siam, and more! Love your blog. Blessings, Angela

  30. Hey Daniel, this may sound strange but your blog brings me a lot of comfort. Having lived in Singapore for 5 over years, as you know, me and my family ate Singapore dishes exclusively. Reading your blog and seeing photos makes me feel like I'm home again. Now living in the States, I rely on my friends who send me ingredients and I'm able to regularly make my family our favourites like Chicken Rice, Nonya chicken curry, Laksa, Beef Rendang, Mee Siam, and more! Love your blog. Blessings, Angela

  31. Pls do a list of blacklist restaurant or hawker in sg

  32. Hi there ! Able to give a review of ice cream cafe ? Upper Thomson road has quite a number of ice cream cafe , able to compare which is better ? Thanks ! 🙂

  33. Hi Daniel I came to know a lot of good eating place thru your blog. I think it would also benefit some if you can include the price range of the food recomended.

    • Hi Alice, prices of food would always be indicated between the dish. Price ranges are more subjective (some eat 5-course, some eat one dish no drink), so I rather give the prices of each dish.

  34. […] Daniel’s Food Diary: In vein with the book of Ecclesiastes I’m reading with Living Life, I really admire this blogger’s view of life? He’s clearly gotten this command down-  Ecclesiastes 2:24 “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil.” […]

  35. hi, please review beegurt!! It’s really good !!

  36. excellent answers. Food blogging is a really passionating thing to do but you just have to love it. it's not about money or recognition…

  37. hi there, I am from HaiXianLao Steamboat restaurant, located at 8 wilkie road #01-21.
    We served live seafood and a wide variety of steamboat ingredients.
    We have Fuzion styled soup bases from Mala to Laksa and also Jellied Collagen Soup.
    I have just started this Restaurant for about 4 months and have been looking for more opportunities to gain exposure and feedback for the restaurant itself.
    I know that you are a respected food blooger, and thus i am writing in to look for advice and also seeking to invite you for a meal at our outlet when you are free.

    Im sorry to take out your time and appreciate your attention to read thru this email. If there is any chance, feel free to contact me at 91128910

    Yours sincerely
    kelvin goh

  38. Hi Daniel,

    Had been reading your blog ever since discovery

  39. Dear Daniel,

    We are from Indonesian Restaurant would like to advertise our restaurant to this site.
    Can we have the terms and conditions and price?

    Thank you

  40. Hi Daniel,

    Comparing Pierre Herme and Dalloyau macarons, which do you prefer?

  41. I hope can invited u all to my cafe

  42. Hi Daniel,

    Would like to get in touch with you regarding F&B mobile app solutions for potential collaboration, if any.

    Please reply to email.

    Thank you.

  43. The LG widget is a pain for iPhone surfers on safari. No button to click it away at all. Can you look into it?

  44. Hi Daniel,

    I read through your website about Bingsu in Singapore.
    How you describe the texture taste are really good 🙂

    I notice that you said several times “The texture of Bingsu Ice depends on the what machine that they you, but the taste will depends on the ingredients.”

    Can you recommend some of the Bingsu Ice Machine’s Brand and Type that you think is good enough?

    I would like to open my own “Bingsu cafe” in Indonesia since I like Bingsu very much 🙂

    Your reply and help is mean so much for me . . ^.^

    Regards,

    Oscar

    • Hi Oscar, I am not an expert, and it will be better to check with suppliers from Korea. I urge you to do thorough research before committing to anything. All the best.

  45. Hey Daniel, I want to send you a media invite to a sustainable seafood tasting at the Hilton and Hyatt hotels this Friday can you drop me an email pls. Lots of amazing dishes to try including crab, scallops, tooth fish. Chef also available for a chat about the recipes and also expert to talk about benefits of sustainable seafood. Drop me an email pls. Cheers

  46. Am going to HK this Nov, what is die die must try or eat over there?

  47. Hi daniel, u’d done so food reviews in singapore, is it possible to list down like 10 cafe, restaurant, hawkers or etc that u loved the most??

  48. Hey Daniel,

    Great blog you have, do let us know if you are travelling someday soon and we’ll give you some special fares. Also, fell free to drop us an email to see if we can collaborate in the near future.

    Cheers,
    Skiddoo Singapore Team

  49. Hey have you tried blend it up? A relatively new cafe by chef Peter neo… Would be nice to read your review on it!

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