As you might know, Korean-style tacos were made famous by a food truck (Kogi - Korean BBQ-To-Go) in Los Angeles over 3 years ago. Since then, food trucks selling Korean tacos have become a nation-wide trend. Unfortunately, I've never had tacos from "Kogi" truck, but the idea is to place Korean BBQ meat on a Mexican corn tortilla topped with a mix of Korean and Mexican flavors. Here, I turned the BBQ short ribs into my version of a popular Korean/Mexican fusion dish. I paired the meat with a refreshing salsa made with kimchi, Korean pear and other crunchy vegetables. I used good amounts of cilantro and lime juice to incorporate Mexican flavors. I also created a gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste) sauce to give the tacos extra heat. There you have it - delicious Korean-style tacos!For galbi (BBQ short ribs):
3 pounds beef short ribs (flanken cut)
½ cup soy sauce
1 cup water
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey (or use more sugar)
¼ cup rice wine (or mirin)
2 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ cup (about 1/4 of a large) Korean/Asian pear grated
¼ cup (about 1/4 of large) onion grated
3 scallions thinly sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup diced kimchi
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red cabbage
1/2 cup diced Korean/Asian pear
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (more for garnish)
juice from 1 lime (about 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons)
salt (about 1/4 teaspoon) and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
1 tablespoon ginger ale (you can use other soda or water instead)
10 - 12 4-inch corn tortillas
Mix all marinade ingredients well. Rinse the meat to wash off bone dust. Pound the meat slightly with a meat tenderizer. Marinate the meat for at least 6 hours or longer (overnight for best results). For making tacos, grill the meat turning only once, 2 - 3 minutes on each side, until nicely caramelized, and then cut into small pieces. Or, cut the marinated meat into small pieces first and grill in a pan.
In a large bowl, toss all the salsa ingredients well.
In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is smooth.
Heat the tortillas in a skillet over medium heat, about 30 seconds each side.
To assemble, place the meat on a tortilla and top with a spoonful of kimchi salsa and cilantro. Serve with the sauce on the side.