Elina Lim


Elina Lim is a storyteller, social justice activist and badass, dragon lady, advertising project manager. She comes from Singapore, where food is as vibrant as its multicultural and diverse history. Elina started Portland's Invisible Spectrum stories, storytellers of color in the whitest city in America. invisiblespectrumstories.com


One sentence to describe yourself: I come from Singapore, one of the only city/state/countries in the world, it is multicultral/multiracial and filled with some of the best fusion food in the world - just that we just call it food.

What will you be presenting on? I'll be presenting on my connection with Chinese New Year, as a Singaporean woman and now an immigrant to America. My relationship with food and both countries' people.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: From my grandmother when stir frying "Don't let the vegetables control you, you must control the vegetables. "

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Hainanese chicken rice

Favorite food: Hainanese chicken rice

Recommended reading: The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam

Best meal(s): Eating with my Singaporean friends local food back in Singapore. Meals that span hours, talking, eating - incredible.

Food you’d like to try: The best Tacos in Portland. I went to San Jose for 3 weeks for work and had the best tacos I have ever had, I would love to eat more!

(Photo note: Singapore Hokkien Mee “I'm a Hokkien woman, so this is very dear to me. Hokkien people often have seafood in their dishes, or rich fatty pieces of pork. This has both, noodles fried in a rick seafood stock with large chunks of pork lard with fresh prawns and squid. It is served with belachan - fermented fish chili - and a lime, inspired and introduced by the Malay culture and cuisine in Singapore's multicultural city. SO DELICIOUS.”)