Recipe courtesy of Brian Tsao

Korean Beef Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchee Slaw

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes soaking and marinating time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Taco Shells:

Canola oil, for frying

12 round wonton wrappers

Scallion Slaw:

1 cup fine julienne scallions

1/2 cup brown rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons Korean chile flakes

2 tablespoons sesame oil

Bulgogi Marinade:

12 cloves garlic

3 onions, cut into chunks

1 1/2 cups soy sauce

1 cup red wine

1/4 cup sesame oil

2 pinches black pepper

2 Korean pears or Gala apples, cored and cut into chunks

1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed

1 pound beef rib eye, sliced thinly

1 Korean pear or Gala apple

1 cup prepared kimchee, drained well and minced


Special equipment:
a taco shell mold
  1. For the taco shells: Pour enough canola oil in a heavy pot or deep fryer for the wonton wrappers to be submerged completely when frying. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 375 degrees F.
  2. Using a taco shell mold, fry the wonton wrappers in the oil until crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool fully before using.
  3. For the scallion slaw: Rinse the scallions thoroughly with cold water. Prepare a bowl of ice water, add the scallions and soak for 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  4. Combine the scallions, rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, chile flakes and sesame oil and let marinate for 20 minutes.
  5. For the bulgogi marinade: Add the garlic and onions to a food processor and process until thoroughly combined. Add the soy sauce, red wine, sesame oil, black pepper, pears, pineapple cubes and 1 1/2 cups water and process until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add the rib eye to a bowl, pour over the bulgogi marinade and allow the beef to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat until hot. Remove the beef from the marinade, letting any excess marinade drip back into the bowl. Add the beef to the pan and cook until well done, about 5 minutes. (This is very important to allow the flavors of the marinade to develop completely.)
  8. Peel the pear and slice it into thin half-moons. Place a layer of the kimchee and then the beef into each taco shell. Garnish with the scallion slaw and sliced pears.
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