We had the good fortune of connecting with Tharathip Soulisak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tharathip, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There’s many reasons that contributed to me starting my business. It was a combination of missing my mom’s home cooking, the lack of Lao food and Lao presence in Los Angeles combined with other Lao and non Lao in LA that wanted Lao food, a passion to share my culture with others, a way to show the Lao community that there isn’t just a place for Lao cuisine but a demand for it and lastly trying to find something that would make me an income free from your normal 9-5 job.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I do is a combination of many different things. I do event design, food products, pop-up restaurants and a Lal cultural advocate/advisor. What people know me most for is my food products and food pop-ups because people love food. It’s not rare to see me with a packed pop-up or a long line waiting to grab up my food. Although I think I’ve gone pretty far I could hardly say I’m anywhere near my destination and many challenges yet to face but I could say I’m proud of where I’m at. The challenges that I’ve learned from is really understanding who I am, what I’m good at and how do I put that all together that is not only satisfying but marketable and even more importantly brings me a genuine quality of life. Sometimes people are doing whatever it takes to make a quick buck wether or not what they are doing are true to them but in the end either they’ll be unhappy or someone else will come do what their doing better that has a passion for it. My brand isn’t about selling a product, a person or a service it’s about sharing all the things that make me genuinely smile and bring me joy with others, if I do that I don’t need to think about how I’ll make money it will come on it’s own because others want to genuinely smile and filled with joy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
-Newport Beach for the hike and beach -Oc & Lau in Westminster for the snails, Razor clams, giant prawns and scallops.
-Pa Ord on Sunset for Boat Noodles
-Din Tai Fung for soup dumplings
-Dino’s Burgers for chicken and fries
-Sungarfish for sushi
-Griffith park for the View
-LAX-C for all the Thai stuff you can’t get anywhere else lol
-Tony’s Red Tacos
-Cococane for some cococane
Basically I’d take them to eat and my just can go on forever lol
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel like the best person I have to give a shoutout to is my mother. Even as a refugee she would sell food she created on her own, hustling to make end meets and as I got older she taught me the value of my talents as well as my culture.