The Slow Press: Fueled by Passion

Christy Chua (CS’22) and Tan Aik (CS’22) explore local food stories in their vibrant zine publication.

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An independent zine founded by Christy Chua (CS’22) and Tan Aik (CS’22), The Slow Press has produced a wide range of content from cooking videos featuring local musician Inch Chua to cooking with “ugly food”. 

The Slow Press was started in January 2021 and has grown beyond just a hobby for its founders. To date, there have been three volumes published. The zine has also garnered close to 1,000 followers on Instagram. 

Chua and Tan are supported by a dynamic team of contributing writers, photographers and illustrators. In the latest volume released in August 2021, they put together stories on a local restaurant, Beng Who Cooks, the designs of different hawker signboards and more.

The Slow Press zine is published on an ad-hoc basis and sold at various stockists and on their website. They post regular updates on their Instagram page about the new cafes and eateries that stock their zines. The digital copy of the latest issue Volume 3: August 2021 is available for free, while the physical copy retails at $19 on their website.

In this video, we meet Chua and Tan at the cafe Bunkerbunker where they are having a pop-up store to talk about how The Slow Press came about and more.