A year of tasty success for Filipino restaurant LASA

LOS ANGELES — It’s only taken a year, but for the Valencia brothers — it didn’t take long to be recognized as one of the top Filipino foods in Los Angeles.
If you ask the LA Times, Eater, and other food bloggers, a Chinatown space called LASA is the best Filipino food in Los Angeles.
“We’re just excited we get to be part of the community, the Filipino food community and to be able to share our culture with others. And it’s just kind of fun, we have people supporting us, eating our food and having a good time,” said Chase Valencia.
Founded by Southern California-born and raised brothers Chad and Chase Valencia, this dream began with backyard pop-ups, they eventually popped up at the Unit 120 space where Chef Alvin Cailan operated.
And they’ve become a staple — with their sit down fare and take out window.
Their recipes don’t stray too far from tradition, but they use organic ingredients, and put a premium on health.
“With other Filipino food options growing up, there was always a lot of turo-turo and a lot of stew based foods, and more fried things. We kind of wanted to give healthy options and expand ideas where Filipino can be, and change the conversation, where Filipino food is always so greasy, always so brown.”
While they can dish out healthier options, they also serve up some deep Philippine culture.
“Our variation is an adobo puti so it’s without soy sauce, it’s actually pre-Chinese almost like an indigenous take to it. So it’s just vinegar, garlic, very very simple.”
LASA just celebrated their one year anniversary of when they became permanent, and they have looked back.
“It’s a lot of hard work, and I could never get over the fact that people come out to dine and enjoy it. Being able to put out food and good experience, that’s what’s more exciting for us.”
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