Food Network stars stop in Portland to learn local chef's phorrito recipe


PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland chef recently appeared on a national TV show, sharing her recipe for the Vietnamese-inspired phorrito.

The phorrito puts all the ingredients from a bowl of pho (like beef brisket, rice noodles, jalapenos, broth, and thai basil) inside a house-made flour tortilla – and it’s a lot less messy than it sounds.

Chef Anh Luu first introduced the dish last year at a pop-up event at Tapalaya on NE 28th Avenue.

The phorrito was a wild success in Portland, prompting the restaurant to host several more pop-ups over the following weeks.

Word of the phorrito spread, and Food Network’s The Grill Dads made a stop in Portland to taste Luu’s creation. The episode, titled “Flavor Big, Flavor Deep” aired in late January.

In honor of the show, Tapalaya will be hosting two more phorrito pop-up events on Wednesday, February 21 and February 28 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As Tapalaya’s executive chef, Luu created a Cajun/Asian inspired menu that hearkens back to her roots of growing up in New Orleans with her Vietnamese family.

If you aren’t already sold on the phorrito, the pop-up menu also includes a vegetarian option, house kimchi slaw, crawfish etouffee nachos, cocoanut curried black eyed peas and rice, and for dessert – a beignet horchata ice cream sandwich.

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