Thursday, June 14, 2012

Galbi Taco (Korean-Style Taco with Beef Short Ribs)


Today, I'm guest posting for Biren over at Roti n Rice while she's visiting her parents in Malaysia. I've been a big fan of Biren's blog for quite some time, so I was very excited to receive the invitation. Biren blogs from Twin Cities, Minnesota. Her blog is full of delicious Asian and Western recipes. Be sure to head over to Roti n Rice to check around her wonderful blog. Biren asked if I could share a Korean beef recipe. After some thinking, I decided to share Korean-style tacos made with my signature galbi recipe (Korean BBQ short ribs).

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



Kimchi salsa:
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


Gochujang sauce:
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.


38 comments:

  1. Many thanks Hyosun for this very tasty recipe and informative post. Your galbi and kimchi salsa looks absolutely delicious. I can't wait to give it a try.

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    1. Biren - It was my pleasure! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. Hyosun, this is rocking recipe! I also heard and read about the famous Kogi taco but never had chance to try it. I like your kimchi salsa. Great job on the recipe!

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  3. holy crap this looks awesome

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    1. Thanks, Max! Great to hear from you!

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  4. Wow, this looks amazing! Will definitely have to make this over the weekend. The boyfriend is going to be thrilled.

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    1. Please let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. That looks superb! Will definitely be a hit on a Kogi truck :)
    I haven't had time to try out your recipes recently. But this looks soooo good!!!

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    1. Hi Fern - Great to see you! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. anyeong Hyosun :D
    What a wonderful pics of galbi taco you have here.
    Perhaps you're interested to submit your food photos on a food photography site that has tagline "Food Photography that will make you hungry" :)
    http://www.foodporn.net
    It's free to submit, free to join, and a lot of members can enjoy your creation!

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  7. AnonymousJune 15, 2012

    Such an awesome recipe for summer! Thanks for sharing.

    I also have a future recipe request for a simple, staple Korean side dish: Kong-jang! Braised black beans.

    Thanks

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    1. Noted! It's on my list of future recipes. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. This kimchi sauce has intrigued me! I would love to try it!

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  9. I think that you whole taco is working wonderfully together. Although kimchi salsa sound heavenly, I think that I will be in love with Gochujang sauce...one more on my must try list!
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Hope you are having a great weekend too.

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  10. Hi Hyosun

    I'm hopping over to your blog after reading your guest post on Biren's blog. Nice to meet you and being introduced to Korean dishes which is a mystery to me. I love mysteries, so I will definitely check out your blog now and then :-D

    Cheers!

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    1. Welcome to my blog! I hope my blog will help you demystify Korean food. Thanks!

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  11. I just started to learn some Korean dishes lately and glad to have found you at Biren's site.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Kristy

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    1. Thank you for coming over from Biren's site! Hope you find some good dishes to try out here. Hope you're have a great weekend as well.

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  12. I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

    I would like to invite you to share this post (and your other posts :-) ) on a new photo based recipe sharing site that launched in May. The idea is simple: all recipe photographs are published within minutes of submission. And, of course, the images link back to the author's site.

    It's called RecipeNewZ (with Z) - http://recipenewz.com

    I hope you get a chance to visit and to share some of your delicious posts with our viewers. It would be a pleasure to have you on board :-)

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  13. Hyosun, this taco looks so good! My friends in LA all talked about the food truck. I so wish we have one in SF! BUT, now I can make this at home... THANK YOU!! Off to Biren's site now.

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    1. Hi Name - I'm sure there is one in SF, although not by the same people. Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. I agree with muh muh maxwell! These tacos look delicious!!

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  15. Really nice recipe. I found your blog through Roti n Rice, and it's wonderful! Glad I found you - I'll be back. Thanks.

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  16. Wow this looks really great! Fusion done right. :) actually Korean food does very well with a lot of western cuisines, surprisingly.

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  17. I have never heard of Korean style tacos! Mexican and Korean fusion sounds very intriguing (I have never heard of the food truck either). They look delicious!

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  18. I wish this food truck would make its way to London! I love Korean food and this idea of Korean and Mexican fusion sounds really exciting....the taco looks awesome :-)

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  19. Yummy!! I bet galbi with a mango type of slaw would be good, too! :D Thank you for the fusion dish!

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  20. Hi, Hyosun! This is truly something to look forward to, I love your idea, I'm gonna make a Galbi Burrito.

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  21. Wow! Just saw this recipe and chanced upon your blog via Facebook, through Namiko Chen. What a delish Galbi Taco recipe! Love this! I'll try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing a very good korean tacos recipe!

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  22. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    what do we do if we have no asian pear? is there something else we can substitute it for? thank you so much for your recipe!

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    1. You can simply omit it, or use bosc pear. Thanks!

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  23. This looks great! I've never heard of combining these two food styles. I'm going to have to try this!

    Do you think this combo (mexican/korean flavors) would work using Korean bbq chicken in place of the beef in this recipe?

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    1. That will be equally delicious! Enjoy!

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  24. The only one's I've tried are the ones at Duke's Waikiki. Known as Kalbi Street Tacos, They must be similar to L.A. Anyhow, can't get through Duke's without an order. Great snack for two.

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