[Sidenote: Congratulations to Alejandra and her husband on her recent nuptials! :)]
So, have you heard of Korean tacos? A Korean taco is a taco made with Korean marinated meat topped with various toppings, including salsa or kimchi in a corn tortilla or wrap. It all began with KogiTruck in California, moved its way to the east coast, and now people can’t get enough!
Just to be clear – this is my own interpretation of what a Korean taco is, and there are endless possibilities! So try different flavor combinations and see which one is your favorite!
Want to know the secret to making good bulgogi? I’ll tell you. First, be sure to purchase the beef from a Korean grocery store, as you’ll need paper thin slices of tenderloin. Why is this important? The thin slices absorb the flavors well, leaving you with lots of flavor in each bite. Secondly, use sugar as a tenderizer, and let it sit for a little bit. This simple act will help break down the tough parts of the meat before you cook it.
Korean Bulgogi Soft Tacos
Makes 5-6 soft tacos
2.5 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup of sake or rice wine
1 pound of thinly sliced beef (tenderloin)
1/2 cup of soy sauce
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, cut into ½” strips
2 stalks of scallion, cut into 1” strips
For Bokchoy & Napa salad
4 cups of chopped napa cabbage
5-6 pieces of whole bokchoy
1/4 cup of vinegar
For Gochujang sauce:
2 tablespoons of rice wine
3 teaspoons of gochujang (red pepper paste)
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
6 soft taco shells or tortillas
1 cup of finely chopped kimchi
First prepare the beef:
Remove beef from package. Separate slices and place into a large bowl. (I used a plastic bowl with a lid so I don’t have to use two bowls and put this one in the fridge when I’m done marinating.)
Add sugar to the beef and mix together. Set aside. After 10 minutes, add soy sauce and minced garlic to the beef and mix well. Add sesame oil. Add onions and scallion.
Refrigerate overnight, if possible. If not, then at least for 3 hours.
At this point, prepare the sauce and the salad:
Prepare the salad:
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Prepare the sauce:
Mix the sauce ingredients together. Transfer contents to a squeeze bottle, if possible. Drizzle over meat.
When the beef has marinated, grill the beef slices over a cast iron skillet (or a grill) until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side, until the beef has shrunk and there are no more juices in the pan.
Assemble the taco:
On a soft taco shell add about 5-6 pieces of beef on each taco, followed by a hint of gochujang sauce, then salad, and kimchi on top.