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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Korean Bulgogi Tacos


It's Korean style again. I just love Korean food so much! It's also a new trend for mobile trucks. If you've been to LA, you have probably heard about Kogi Taco Truck for Korean tacos. Too bad I haven't tried it myself, but I can bring it to my kitchen!

If your 4th of July weekend seems to be nice and bright out your way, try to include this dish in the menu and see what your guests say!

4th of July and fireworks are good ol' buddies. It's a way to celebrate freedom. How many people know the budget a big city spends for the show? The city of Seattle has struggled with their budget because of a lack of corporate sponsorship. There was a rumor that we might not have in-city fireworks this year. Oh, no! That would be a bummer!! My girlfriend told me this the other day and I insisted that we were having fireworks. The city wouldn't let us down, would they? Later that night I came across the topic in Seattle Magazine.

Tom Douglas, Dave Ross, and countless local citizens have saved the city by their initiative and donations. We're having fireworks this year - yay! A round of applause to them and a woo hoo scream from me. In case you don't know who Tom Douglas is, he is a legendary Northwest Pacific Chef. He is an American chef, restaurateur, and writer who won the 1994 James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef.  He owns several famous restaurants such as Dahlia Lounge. That is where part of Sleepless in Seattle was filmed.

All toppings

Anyway, back to the tacos. The marinade I used is for Bulgogi (grilled beef) and the sauce is the Korean dragon sauce from the previous post: this and that. Since it's Korean, we wouldn't miss including kimchi! I know right? The tangy of kimchi, sweet and salty of pickled cucumber, and flavorful meat topped with a few accessories, are wrapped in a grilled tortilla.  It's worth it a try. I promise.

I got a beautiful piece of grass-fed flank steak from Whole Foods. It tasted better than non-grass-fed steak. It's firmer and sweeter, at least to me. The pickled cucumber is super quick and easy. It's actually a quick version of pickled cucumber and is a less stinky taste if you don't like fermented vegetables.

Korean Bulgogi Tacos
Yield: 10-12

1 lb marinated flak steak (recipe below)
1/2 cup Korean dragon sauce (recipe here)
1/2 English cucumber, sliced for pickling (recipe below)
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup store-bought organic kimchi
1 big red chile, trimmed, seeded, minced
3 limes, cut half, and into quarter
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
10-12 tortillas or corn tortillas

Cut into a bite size

Ingredients for bulgogi:
1 lb flank steak
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/6 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp sake
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 scallions, both white and green parts, trimmed and minced
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

  • Combine everything in a bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves
  • Pour the marinade over the meat in a zip-lock bag and toss thoroughly to coat
  • Marinate it in a fridge for at least 3 hrs or over night; turning the bag once 
  • When ready to grill, preheat to high
  • Grill it for about 7 mins on each side or to your desire of doneness; turning once with tong
  • When it's done, let it sit for 5 mins
  • Cut in diagonal against the grain, and cut into bite size
Pour 1 tsp of Korean dragon sauce

Ingredients for quick salt pickled cucumber
1/2 English cucumber, sliced
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp kosher salt or more to taste

  • Place cucumber in a bowl, add salt and sugar
  • Use hands to mix and make sure they are coated evenly
  • Let it sit in a fridge for at least 15 mins for flavor to develop

To assemble:
  • Grill tortillas 30 sec. on each side, and wrap them with towel; put them aside
  • On a tortilla, add meat (the amount depends on your preference)
  • Pour 1 tsp of Korean dragon sauce over the meat
  • Add all the accessories: red onions, kimchi (a few pieces), cucumber (3 slices or more), red chile, cilantro, and lime (optional)
  • Wrap and enjoy!

Little the Bella

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eam.david said...

Beef! its whats for dinner! Yum!

Karolina said...

It is the firts time I see Korean dragon sauce and I am so pleased that I found it, because it sounds great. I love the way you prepared beef. Makes me feel realy hungry.

Liv Wan said...

Hi Tanatha,
This tacos looks so so tasty. I love korean food too and also tacos. It's great that you combined two my favourite food to be one. (drooling) I hope you will have your in-city firework show this year. (finger cross for you! )

Val said...

Wow, this looks and sounds divine.

roxan said...

You should come visit LA and do a tour of the food trucks. There are SO many of them, representing cuisines from all over the world! You'd love it.

Pacheco Patty said...

I want tacos at your house, this looks incredible!

Lazaro Cooks! said...


You are the grill master. What a perfectly cooked piece of meat. Love all the toppings as well. You taken one of my favorite foods to whole new level. Well done.

Be Good

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Oh girl, now that's what I'm talking about! Those look mind blowing delicious! I love that you added kimchi for that extra Korean flare. It's a little sad that this has to be wrapped up cause it also such a beautiful creation with all the different vegetables. My mouth is watering as I type. Lovely dish Tanantha. I love Korean marinade.

Can I request more pictures of Bella? Teehee. She's such an adorable dog. I'm a huge dog lover :-D.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I LOVE the Korean taco craze and I'm so excited to see a recipe I can replicate at home. Guess I got a date with my grill this weekend :)

Lauren Zabaneh said...

everything you make looks so dang good! my mouth is watering and now I'm pissed I don't have any flank steak for dinner tonight. I am def bookmarking this. great job!

Marisa said...

These tacos look great! I love the Korean marinated steak with the kimchi--it sounds so good! I know that the local fireworks in my area have been cancelled due to budgeting--I'm glad that yours worked out! :-)

Cook with Madin said...

Hi Tanantha, your Korean Bulgogi Tacos looks awesome, your photos are great too. I would love to try this.

Thanks also for sharing Bella's photo, she is a beautiful dog.

Stella said...

Hey Tanantha, I used to be crazy over Korean food when I had access to small family owned Korean restaurants. I know I would still be that way if any were close by-it's such a special cuisine, I think...
Your bulgogi tacos look great too. I love the outdoor photos.
By the way, I saw your comment on LeQuan's site. I love dogs so much, but don't tell anyone. I'm supposed to have a house full of black cats only (smile)!

Z-Tawan said...

wow, this is very creative and looks so good!

citronetvanille said...

I really like this version of tacos, they surely do have an Asian flair to it. Great recipe!

Le said...

tacos and bulgogi? YES PLEASE! I'll be having a ton of korean food very soon :) I can't wait!

Joy said...

That looks great. I love, love bulgogi. Thank you so much for sharing your bulgogi recipe :D

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Tanantha - that is freaking brilliant!!! Of course I do adore Korean food too so maybe I am biased LOL

Gorgeous photos and the doggie is adorable beyond words!!!!!

So glad that you're going to get your fireworks after all - YAAAAAAY!!!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Tanantha - that is freaking brilliant!!! Of course I do adore Korean food too so maybe I am biased LOL

Gorgeous photos and the doggie is adorable beyond words!!!!!

So glad that you're going to get your fireworks after all - YAAAAAAY!!!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Tanantha - that is freaking brilliant!!! Of course I do adore Korean food too so maybe I am biased LOL

Gorgeous photos and the doggie is adorable beyond words!!!!!

So glad that you're going to get your fireworks after all - YAAAAAAY!!!

Shirley said...

I looove bulgogi. I would love these tacos!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Another of my faves. I clearly need to move next door to you...

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Mo said...

I would LOVE to try this! I like the touch of pickling the cucumber. Delicious!

sweetlife said...

oh these are perfect for any day, love the sauce and the your doggie is goregous, I want a new pup so bad...



Rick said...

Yo quiro taco.

Chef Dennis said...

Korean Taco' thats thinking outside the box....I have to say they look really good, that beef must have been delicious!
now I'm hungry
thanks for sharing!

Biren said...

These tacos look absolutely yummy. I'll have to give this a try.

lostpastremembered said...

Beautiful tacos... but what is bulgogi!!

Magic of Spice said...

Hi Bella! These look so good...

Judy said...

Loooovely tacos! We have a new-found love for homemade Korean tacos. We'll have to try your marinade. :)

Kevin said...

Those tacos look tasty!

Spicie Foodie said...

What a great fusion dinner. The tacos look great and that puppy is adorable.

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