A growing group of second generation Filipino-Americans are reintroducing Los Angeles to the flavors of their culture and cuisine, including Chad and Chase Valencia. Their weekly pop-up at Alvin Cailan’s culinary incubator space Unit 120 in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is called LASA. The restaurant features a “Pinoy-California” menu that Jonathan Gold says is all its own.
After returning to Los Angeles from a revelatory trip in the Philippines, Isa Fabro started making desserts that pay homage to her Pinay roots. Watch this driven, funny 39-year-old Filipino-American chef make her signature isamadas for KCRW’s video team at Unit 120 in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza.