Sending you laksa love: this Singaporean illustrator makes puns with local food items

Tan Siqi’s pun-tastic illustrations are on cards that she sells on her website for S$6. (Photo: @laughandbelly / Instagram)
Tan Siqi’s pun-tastic illustrations are on cards that she sells on her website for S$6. (Photo: @laughandbelly / Instagram)

Here at Coconuts, we appreciate good puns and local food so what a treat it is to find an Instagram account that combines two of our favorite delights with some cute illustrations to boot.

That Instagram account belongs to Tan Siqi, whose account @laughandbelly is equal parts cute and LOL-worthy for her awesome puns and delightful illustrations including local food items such as teh-c, laksa, and you tiao.

Although she is now a freelance illustrator, Siqi used to be a chemist and was trained in chemical engineering from school.

She decided to leave her job in September 2017 to pursue her dream of being a full-time illustrator and is now releasing her own line of shirts and postcards on her website bearing these cute designs.

Here are six puns that we particularly love:

1) A pun on the Chinese word for vegetables, and a colloquial phrase for “anyhow lah”:

2) Love, in coconut gravy form:

3) Can you show me the way?

4) A pun on Saturdays:

5) This one quite cute:


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112/365 • Bite size glutinous rice flour ball filled with gula melaka and coated with freshly grated coconut. Oooooh i have ondeh you in my heart. – Will be painting ondeh ondeh and other Singaporean food onto Bonia wallets or coin pouches at Takashimaya on 4 August and 5 August, 2pm to 5pm. – So if you’re getting a new wallet or pouch and want to make it more #Singaporean and personalized, holla at me! The service is already paid for, you just need to get a Bonia wallet so that I can paint on it! ⚠️ Only Bonia wallets. No other brands. Also, only available when you purchase during that time period (2pm to 5pm). – #dessertstagram #illustrationart #childrensbookillustration #ondehondeh #ondehondehcake #gulamelaka #singapore #singaporefood #singaporefoodie #sgfoodie #sgart #sgig #artistsoninstagram #singaporeartist #singaporelife #thisissingapore #exploresingapore #illustration #picame

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6) Two youtiao sticks are always the best:

In case you cannot afford to buy a S$6 postcard on her website (tsk), you can download Siqi’s work for free on her Ko-fi page and buy her a coffee if you’d like. If you’re feeling more generous, you can also support her on Patreon and get exclusive posts as well as printable coloring pages of her artwork.

So now you know where to buy birthday cards from. You’re welcome.

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