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The Phorrito combines the best of traditional Vietnamese and modern American cuisine

The Phorrito combines the best of traditional Vietnamese and modern American cuisine

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At the 4th Street Market in Santa Ana, California, there's a fusion restaurant that over-stuffs traditional noodle soup ingredients into a large tortilla.

Head Chef Michael Pham and his business partners are all first-generation Vietnamese Americans from Southern California. They decided to bring their love of both cultures together with the creation of Red Envelope.

A Red Envelope in Vietnamese tradition is used as a special gift from family and friends to loved ones. It's used as a symbol of good luck and is often presented at the Chinese New Year.

"Anytime you see a red envelope you're happy to get one, right? It's always a gift from one loved one to another, and that's what we want our food to be. A gift from us to you."
Michael Pham, head chef

The Phorrito is stuffed with traditional rice noodles, braised beef brisket and cuts of New York steak. It's topped with fresh cilantro, sliced white onions, diced green onions, bean sprouts and Thai basil. Red Envelope's signature Sriracha cream sauce and a Hoisin lime sauce are added in before the tortilla is rolled into the Phorrito.

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