The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry | A Sydney Food Blog

New podcast – Helen Yee, Grab Your Fork

July 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Latest, Podcasts  |  6 Comments

DSCF4936-IchiranHelen Yee is one of Sydney’s OG food bloggers. Even unreformed blog haters probably make an exception for her site, Grab Your Fork, which she started back in 2004 – before the iPhone was even invented, let alone Twitter or Instagram.

Since then, Grab Your Fork has been listed as one of the world’s 50 best blogs by Times Online and it’s been an excellent source for where to eat in Sydney. She’s also written lots of great articles as a freelancer, including an epic top 50 cheap eats feature for the Good Food Guide (and Good Food website), where she singled out a place where you can get Burmese-style pho and other local gems.

Helen has also covered venues beyond Sydney – she’s written about one-metre-tall roti in Malaysia that’s so big that two people need to carry it, plus the unusual experience of encountering exam ramen and gold-leaf soft serve in Japan.


We also cover the highs and lows of being a food blogger (and definitely deglamorise what the reality is actually like – it really is a full-time unpaid job), blogging ethics, the diversity of food media and our complicated feelings about the term “female Asian food blogger”.

Plus, where to eat and drink in Sydney (which Helen is well qualified to answer!) and the venue that she is most excited about visiting next

You can listen to this episode on iTunes or download it via RSS or directly. And thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about this podcast or has dropped a super-nice review in the iTunes store – it’s mega appreciated!

Photographs courtesy of Grab Your Fork.

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  1. Ramen Raff says:

    Love Helen’s blog! Will always be my favourite food blog. She’s such an inspiration. Her blog is what inspired me (and almost all Sydney food bloggers I reckon) to start my own food blog.

  2. Thanks so much for having me on your podcast! Having listened to every episode, it was so surreal to hear your trademark questions directed at me. lol. I had a blast – definitely the most fun – and delicious – interview I’d had the pleasure of doing.

    • Lee Tran Lam says:

      Thank you, Helen, you set the bar HIGH as a guest! You were the most prepped guest by far and answered the questions so thoughtfully and with so many memorable details!

      Thanks so much for listening to all the previous podcasts, too – I’d always wanted to invite you on for a chat for ages, so I’m glad that it has finally happened (and went far beyond my already-great expectations)!

      • Thanks for bringing your podcast to the people! I’ve enjoyed getting to know about so many food personalities. It was an honour to be invited as a guest. And being prepped was the least I could do for one of the most consummate professionals I know!

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