1. Sounds incredible! As soon as my zucchini flowers are ready (I live high up in the mountains and our growing season lags far behind…) I’ll make these guys. I agree that fried foods are hard to photograph! My tip would be, just as you say, to be absolutely ready as soon as the food comes out of the oil. To do that I usually make the food twice, I use the first round as a stand-in to set up the set and the lighting and then I use the second round of the food to take the “hero” photos.

    • Pang

      Great tip, Nicole. I will remember that next time I have to photograph fried food.
      I hope you do make it. I love them very much, and I am sure you will like them, too.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Nicole πŸ™‚

  2. These looks GORGEOUS!! Wow Pang! Well done. I love the small styling gems that slip into your photos.

    I don’t eat a lot of fried foods, or make them – so sadly no tips of fried photography here but I love that you’re such a perfectionist. I’m sure it drives your husband insane though, haha.

    • Pang

      Yes, my hubby rolled his eyes whenever he saw that I had “that look.” hahaha He then knew he would be eating that same kind of food until I got the photos I wanted. He is so awesome πŸ™‚

      I am so glad you like the photographs, Dana. I am super happy that my ‘behaviour” paid off. So happy you are here πŸ™‚

  3. Oh what gorgeous photos Pang! I love your attention to detail and your desire to take perfect pictures πŸ™‚ The flowers looks divine!

    • Pang

      Thank you…Thank you…Thank you SO MUCH, Naina. My ‘behaviour” can be a double-edged sword, but in this case, I think it’s a good thing… hahaha (I hope)

      I am super happy you are ‘here,’ and that you like the photographs, Naina. Thank you so much again for your kind word πŸ™‚

  4. THIS IS SO AMAZING! Crunchy flowers! What magic is this!?

    • Pang

      I knew you would like it πŸ™‚
      What not to like, am I right?
      Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet comment, Jing

  5. Pang these pictures are beautiful…I tried 3 times before I managed to take any pictures at all for my zucchini flowers recipe. They are so delicate and fragile, that I took me ages to take those pictures, and it was a real struggle. Complements, you really deserve it πŸ™‚

    • Pang

      Awww, Marta, you are so so sweet to say that. I truly feel your pain; this blossoms were so fragile and delicate. That was why it was such a big challenge that I wanted to conquer. I can see that both of us succeeded, and we both should pat ourselves on the back πŸ™‚

      Thank you SO MUCH for being ‘here,’ and for such a lovely comment, Marta. I really do appreciate it πŸ™‚

  6. WHOA, Pang!!! These look absolutely incredible, and the photos are stunning. Major props for figuring out how to photograph them! You knocked it out of the park (and I’ll be sure to remember your tips whenever I’m doing fried food!) This is awesome.

    • Pang

      You are SO SO SO SWEET, Cynthia. I am SO SO glad you like the photographs, and I appreciate your comment very much, always. πŸ™‚
      Thank you..Thank you..Thank you.. πŸ™‚

  7. Pang, these photos are incredible. They remind me of still life paintings by old Dutch Masters. I don’t think you went cuckoo at all. Tell me a bit about your beautiful lighting. How did you do it?

    Hot food can be really hard to photography, especially if it is steaming and you don’t want steam in your shot. I think people that do food photography for work don’t photograph hot food and if it’s looking cold, they might spray it with oil to give it that just out of the fryer glisten.

    • Pang

      Thank you..Thank you..Thank you SO MUCH, Genie. You are so sweet. I know what you mean about the painting. I love to go to museums, and renaissance & baroque styles are my favourite eras; I am sure my subconscious mind took the inspiration from all those paintings I admire. I am floored by your sweet comment πŸ™‚

      About the setting, I took these photos around noon when the light was harsh. The setting was done so the light would come in at 3 o’clock angle (aka. on the right) then, I set black panels around the food setting, except on the left side (aka. opposite the light source). This setting made the food become dramatic, which was needed for this type of food, I think. πŸ™‚

      I have no idea about the trick food stylist/food photographer usually do when photographing hot food. Though you are right I don’t see many hot food photos on their portfolios.

      Thank you SO MUCH for a lovely conversation, Genie. So glad you are ‘here.’ πŸ™‚

  8. Margaret Chavez

    Your fried zucchini flowers look really tastey. I’m still waiting for my kitchen to be done. It’s going at a snail’s pace! Looking forward to cooking once again. I hate microwaving foods.

    • Pang

      I didn’t know your kitchen is under construction. Would you share the photos on FB? I would really love to see πŸ™‚
      I hope you try this, Margaret. It’s really super easy & yummy.
      Thank you so much for being ‘here,’ my lovely friend πŸ™‚

  9. It is beau-ti-ful! The arrangement with the French details is as always to well chosen and tasteful and really gorgeously done. And reading your post, I knew exactly how you must have felt, because itΒ΄s my destiny , too, to shoot the same food over and over again. I once made a chicken in milk (which wasnΒ΄t fried, but oven roasted), and I donΒ΄t know how often we had to eat those birds until the post was ready πŸ˜‰ Luckily they tasted good. I had to smile because I ask myself the same question: would I wanna eat this? (The zucchini flowers: yes, I would!!!)
    Fried food , and any food with a crust or crunchy surface, I guess, is really difficult, because it should look all fresh and crunchy, a quality thatΒ΄s fading away with every minute that passes after you take it out of the fat/oven. So besides being FAST, and using natural light of course ,I donΒ΄t know what to do, really,…. Have a great day! Sabine.

    • Pang

      awww, what a lovely LOVELY comment, Sabine. I am SO GLAD I found someone who asked that same question…
      OMG!!!! If we ever collaborate on a post, will we ever be happy with our photos? hahahaha

      Thank you SO MUCH, as always, for your kind words and for the conversation, Sabine. I ALWAYS appreciate you being ‘here.’
      Huge hugssss to you πŸ™‚

  10. i adore zucchini blossoms, maybe in part because the season is so fleeting and difficult to come by. while i certainly enjoy fried foods, i do not fry at home. i really like these photos, they’re fantastically styled. i don’t have any advice on how to photograph fried foods appetizingly, though i think you’ve nailed it. i will say that should you decide to fill the blossoms (with cheese or ground meat), piping the filling via a pastry bag is best.

    • Pang

      Thank you so much for the tip, Lan. When I got zucchini blossoms, I was thinking of filling them with cheese, too. I will remember your tip when I decide to do that recipe πŸ™‚

      Thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful comment. You are so kind, and I really appreciate it very much, always. πŸ™‚

    • Pang

      Thank you SO MUCH, Patty. So happy you stopping by πŸ™‚

  11. I am loving this new moody style of your photos! Gorgeous styling as usual and overall….just perfect! Zucchini flowers are so delicate. I am always feeling guilty when I am planning to cook them. But they are so delicious!!!

    • Pang

      Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words, Oana. I love this new found moody style, too.
      I agree with you that blossoms are so pretty, but you should not feel guilty eating them because they are yummy πŸ˜›

      Huge hugs to you, my lovely friend πŸ™‚

  12. Pang, these are stunning!!! I’m so glad you stuck with it and thank you so much for your tips on fried foods. I’ve yet to tackle them. Those blossoms look just gorgeous and you’ve totally inspired me to try them!

    • Pang

      awww…Thank you SO SO MUCH for your sweet comment, Maria. And thank you so much for stopping by.
      I am SO SO HAPPY that you like the photographs, and I can’t wait to see your post about these zucchini blossoms. πŸ™‚

    • Pang

      Thank you SO MUCH, Alanna πŸ™‚
      I am so happy you are here and that you like the post. Yay!!!!

    • Pang

      Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words, Margherita. You are so sweet; I appreciate your comment very much πŸ™‚

  13. Absolutely amazing photos, Pang! So glad that you persisted so that you could share the beauty of your recipe with us! πŸ˜€

    • Pang

      Awwww… Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet comment. I am so happy that you like the final result πŸ™‚
      Thank you..Thank you..Thank you..

    • Pang

      I am SO psyched for your compliment πŸ™‚

    • Pang

      Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by & for your sweet comment, Angie. So happy πŸ™‚

      Btw, when I clicked to your link, the system did not allowed me to get in. What site you are from, maybe, I can get around it πŸ™‚

    • Pang

      Wonderful!!!! I am so glad you like it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by.

  14. I absolutely love these photos!!! It was worth the trial and error : )

    • Pang

      Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words, Steph πŸ™‚

  15. Ann

    Pangggg….This is another Cool work!! You’ve mixed your another talent, flower arrangement, into this dish very perfectly and beautifully. I wanna go to the market buying and cooking them right away. Look so yummy. I love deep fried dishes. Not sure that I’ll be able to find the zucchini flowers. Never seen them before. You’re such a talent na jar Pang. I love everything here. Gorgeous and eatable!!

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