For the love of food and writing

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Local food blogger Thanis Lim recently added another feather to his cap when he received an award in the website category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Summer Harvest 2020 for his contributions to the digital food reviewing world.

“To receive such a prestigious award after more than 16 years of food blogging is a milestone for me,” he said. “I feel very proud of the achievement, to be recognised for my presence in the blogging world.”

Food reviewing asides, Lim is also a four-time winner of the Brunei Foodie Blogger Challenge, a competition that showcases culinary talents, and has been a judge in various cooking contests as well as stars in a Mandarin food and travel show on Pilihan FM every Saturday morning.

The foodie was first drawn to blogging due to his love for writing. It was the end of 2003, and he was studying in Australia.

He would often share his culinary creations with his friends.

It was so well-received by his peers that he decided to start a website dedicated to sharing his recipes with others.

As a food blogger, Thanis Lim says one of the biggest challenges is to stay fit and healthy. PHOTO: THANIS LIM

“It was a happy coincidence how I began blogging. Then, it turned into a compulsion,” he chuckled.

Before long, he expanded his blog to include food reviews of restaurants and experiences of cuisines in his travels.

“As a food writer, I try to keep the reviews positive because a single negative review can damage a restaurant and affect the livelihood of the people who work there,” he said.

Instead, Lim tries to “get to know the restaurant better by connecting with the people who prepare the food”.

He added, “I always appreciate the efforts when it comes to food preparation.”

However, he acknowledges that taste is highly subjective and opinions regarding good food may vary across different palates.

With the advent of social media changing the landscape of blogging, Lim knew he had to adapt to the new world.

“When I look back at my blog content from 17 years ago, I can see the difference,” he said. “It is interesting to see (the evolution) – in life, online and in the world.”

He added, “I don’t stick to just one social media platform. I try to learn new things as fast as I can.”

As a food blogger, one of the biggest challenges Lim faces is staying fit and healthy.

“It’s not easy to stay thin now that I’m older,” he said. “I try new foods all the time and if I’m not careful, I gain weight. As a matter of fact, I’ve gained 25 kilogrammes in the span of 10 years. So my goal now is to cut down on my food intake.”

He added that his love for blogging is what motivates him to keep churning out contents.

To aspiring food bloggers, he said, “Don’t do it as an attempt to become famous; do it because you love it.”