Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kimchi Fusion Taco Recipe

Tacos are a traditional Mexican food that is popular in the United States. But they are usually considered an everyday American food rather than an ethnic food. There is probably no place in the United States that does not have a taco restaurant!

On February 24, 2009, the New York Times covered an interesting story about the emergence of Korean Mexican fusion tacos in Los Angeles. A taco vendor called ‘Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go’ was making Kimchi tacos, which ended up becoming a sensation. About a month before the news broke, we started sharing our own Kimchi taco recipes on Youtube.

As a Korean-American couple, our daily life itself is a fusion. We like traditional Korean food, such as Bulgogi, Doenjang jjigae, Kimchi jjigae, Samgyupsal, Japchae and so on. But we also enjoy creating fusion food, especially by using Kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish that comes with every Korean meal. Basically, it is a spicy fermented cabbage. We tried a lot of Kimchi fusion recipes, including Kimchi tacos, Kimchi tuna sandwiches, Kimchi pizzas, Kimchi spaghetti, Kimchi hamburgers and Kimchi hot dogs. Kimchi tacos turned out to be the best. So, we would like to share our Kimchi fusion taco recipe with you. It’s simple to follow.

To make Kimchi fusion tacos, you will need to prepare the ingredients listed below:
Kimchi, olive oil, ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, garlic, black olives, taco seasoning, tortillas (flour or corn), shredded cheese

Note: Kimchi in a jar is available in many large grocery stores in the United States, including Fred Myers. But it’ll be best if you can get Kimchi from a Korean grocery store in your neighborhood because they tend to be cheaper and taste better. You don’t need much hot sauce because Kimchi adds the spiciness that you need!

Okay, here are the simple cooking steps to follow:

STEP1: Cook ground beef in a pan.
STEP2: Stir minced garlic into the beef (optional, if you like healthier tacos – garlic is good for you) * Keep chopping the beef while you are cooking to get it into small pieces.
STEP3: Stir chopped mushrooms into the beef.
STEP4: Add taco seasoning (with some water) to the beef, and mix it with the beef.

STEP5: Sautee the Kimchi in another pan until it turns yellow.
STEP6: Mix the sautéed Kimchi with the taco beef.
STEP7: Prepare taco fixings. Chop tomatoes, onions and lettuce. Open cans of black olives. Now everything's ready to serve.
STEP8: Put all the ingredients, including the Kimchi-taco beef mix and taco fixings on a tortilla.

Watch our Kimchi fusion taco cooking video. It’ll help you follow the steps.

If you like our video, please give us thumbs up and comments on Youtube. Also share it with your friends.


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