There are plenty of creative people out there who work with unconventional mediums. For Samantha Lee, hers turned out to be food.

Referring to herself as a “food artist,” Lee, who hails from Malaysia, is inspired by pop culture and the things around her. She’s been making her culinary masterpieces since 2008 but started gaining attention when she joined Instagram in 2011. Here is her “Quack-Quack” zucchini soup.

Japanese curry rice men.

Rice girl

  A healthy hungry hippo soup.

For almost every day during March 2013, Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (who goes by the nickname Red) created a fun illustration made with common (and occasionally not so common) foods. Her parameters were simple: the image had to be comprised entirely of food, and the only backdrop could be a white plate. With that in mind, Yi set out to create landscapes, animals, homages to pop culture, and even a multi-frame telling of The Three Little Pigs. The project, which appears to be ongoing, has been documented heavily around the web, and here is her letter soup.

Hayley Silverman is a young artist whose soup bowls were recently presented at the NADA fair in New York. While her noodle soup bowls initially appear playful, it is clear she intends to provoke a larger cultural conversation.

Cat catching fish in soup.

A Polar bear-shaped radish in Japanese hot pot.

Panda curry.

Olaf swimming in a bowl of carrot soup by Bento Monsters.

After stewing in his emotions, this emo veg came to the conclusion that the root of the world’s problems is that people don’t seem to “carrot” all.

 

A Brazilian mom quit academic career to prepare creative dishes — here is her girl in the soup.

 

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