Food is personal for Chef Roy Choi. Chef Roy changed the gourmet food truck game with his Kogi Korean BBQ/taco trucks. He’s our guest tomorrow and he talks about how food made his worlds come together.
Korean Short Rib Tacos with Quick Pickled Radish and Pear
This past Sunday I had some friends over to watch football and drink some beers, and of course; EAT!! I had bought about 4.5 pounds of short ribs awhile back, and they were just sitting in the freezer waiting to become delicious. I decided that since I’d never had the pleasure of eating at the Kogi Korean BBQ Truck in Los Angeles, I would try and bring that taste to Connecticut.
After reading through about a dozen different recipes, the following is what I came up with. All of the tastes worked well together. Nothing was too overpowering. The Sriracha gave it some nice heat, and the bean sprouts a much needed crunch to go with the melt in your mouth short ribs. I did forget to put in the onion, but that just means it will be that much better next time!!
Korean Short Rib Tacos
½ Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
½ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Oil
1 Inch Fresh Ginger, minced
6 Cloves Garlic, minced
½ Onion, chopped
1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Cilantro, for garnish
Bean Sprouts, for garninsh
Lime Wedges, for garnish
Tortillas, for serving
Sriracha, for HEAT
· Whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, ginger, garlic, and red pepper until the brown sugar has dissolved.
· Place the ribs in the slow cooker and pour the sauce on top.
· Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
· Shred the short ribs and serve in tortillas.
· Top with Cilantro, Bean Sprouts, pickled radish and pear, and lime.
Quick Pickled Radish and Pear
4 Radishes, sliced very thin
1 Pear, sliced very thin
4 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
· Mix together all ingredients and cover.
· Place in fridge for at least one hour, until ready to use.
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So everyone knows the korean taco craze has taken over, what started as an L.A. fusion street food, has traveled to every big city across the country!! For those who have yet to have the pleasure of trying one, I suggest you go and sample one NOW, as in right this second! Trust me you will thank me later. It is a marriage of Mexico, and Korea, with that combination of flavors you know its a guaranteed flavor explosion. The photo used is a a short rib taco from Kogi BBQ, the most famous korean taco truck of them all, straight out of Los Angeles. I cannot wait to go out to L.A. and get one of these babies!!!!
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