Korean and Mexican Fusion
I am a huge fan of Korean BBQ. Korean BBQ is a do-it-yourself style dining experience. You get a combination of fresh vegetables, pickled or fermented sides and a selection of raw meats. The meats come out raw but seasoned. kalbi or some would say galbi, is my favorite marinade. There’s a grill in the center of the table with a vent. You cook your own meat and eat it hot off the grill. I combined this marinade and cooking experience into delicious Korean BBQ tacos. What better way to fuse two of my favorite cuisines together?
I’m no expert when it comes to Korean cuisine. I do know that kalbi is a sweet, soy-based marinade usually paired with beef short ribs. The fatty cut holds the flavors so well. It only takes a few hours for the flavors to seep into the meat. In my recipe, I used a basic kalbi marinade with garlic, brown sugar, water and soy sauce. The flavors are so intense there is no need to make any sauce on the side.
I eat with my eyes. Therefore, I used bold vegetable colors like vibrant red cabbage, rich green cucumbers and bright Korean peppers to pair with the rich flavors of the kalbi marinade. Not that I need an excuse to entice people with my Korean BBQ tacos. The name speaks for itself.
I made a video to demonstrate to you. The recipe is below in case you want to print or share.
Yields 10 -12 Tacos
6 hrPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
7 hrTotal Time
- 2 lbs short ribs
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup soy sauce
- sliced red cabbage
- 2 tablespoons cane sugar
- 1/3 cup distilled vinegar
- 2 sliced cucumbers
- Korean peppers, sliced
- toasted sesame seeds
- corn tortillas
- Make a Kalbi marinade by combining garlic, brown sugar, water and soy sauce into a mixing bowl.
- Marinate the short ribs and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
- In a small bowl, combine cane sugar and vinegar. Mix well and add cucumbers. Refrigerate for an hour.
- Grill the short ribs and trim off the bones.
- Assemble your taco with red cabbage, pickled cucumbers, kalbi beef and Korean peppers.
The best way to eat these Korean BBQ tacos is to call up some friends or family and set up the meal in front of a indoor tabletop grill. Grill the meat and let everyone assemble their own tacos. How fun would that be?