Phorrito pop-up in Portland: Vietnamese soup wrapped in a tortilla

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portlanders lined up around the block Wednesday to taste the phorrito, a pop-up dinner special at Tapalaya off East Burnside.

The phorrito puts all the ingredients from a bowl of the popular Vietnamese dish pho inside of a flour tortilla.

It’s a lot less messy than it sounds.

The phorrito combines beef brisket, pho rice noodles, jalapenos, thai basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, green onions and a special pho broth inside of a house-made tortilla. They also offer a vegetarian version.

Restaurant owner Chantal Angot said the idea originated last October when Tapalaya’s Executive Chef Anh Luu put together a different pho pop-up.

"There are definitely some traditionalists out there too who are skeptical of this type of combination, and I get it. But, it’s supposed to be different, new, and weird-sounding! I’m Vietnamese and I was still excited to try this Vietnamese-Mexican combo,” said Luu.

Around 400 people made it in to try a phorrito, but the restaurant said many had to be turned away because the wait list was too long.

For those still hoping to try one, Tapalaya plans to serve the phorrito for one more night -- 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, February 13 . The restaurant is located on Northeast 28th near Burnside.

UPDATE: Lines formed outside Tapalaya before both of its phorrito nights, and staff had to turn people away by 8 p.m. after filling the wait lists.

Angot and Luu decided to continue serving the special phorrito menu on Monday nights through March so everyone who expressed interest in the pop-up could get a chance to try it.

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