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Spicy Korean Pork Taco with Soy Lime Vinaigrette

One of the popular food trends in recent years has been cross-culture fusion dishes. Many chefs and home cooks have attempted to create exciting traditional Korean dishes mingled with western flavor. Tacos are a great example.

A famous food truck in California came up with the idea of tacos made with Korean short ribs and they became a huge hit that sparked a Korean-Mexican fusion wave in the culinary world.

There are many wonderful Korean meat recipes that people love and many of them can be adapted into fusion dishes. Here is one traditional Korean pork recipe that is easy to make and is even more wonderful when made into tacos.

With a Mexican flavored lime vinaigrette, you will be enjoying how the flavors from two different countries create a scrumptious dish together. Utterly delicious!

Ingredients (4 servings):

1-¼ lb very thinly sliced pork shoulder butt

½ onion thinly sliced

2 tablespoon gochujang

1-½ tablespoon Korean chili flakes

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

2 garlic cloves minced

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1 tablespoon canola oil

corn or flour tortillas

3 cups shredded romaine lettuce

2 plum tomatoes, chopped

¼ red onion, chopped

handful cilantro, chopped

Soy Lime Vinaigrette:

2 teaspoon soy sauce

2 tablespoon lime juice

3 tablespoon canola oil

½ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

In a small mixing bowl, combine gochujang, Korean chili flakes, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and corn syrup. Mix well.

Look for very thinly sliced pork shoulder cut that has a little bit of marbling in the meat. If you can’t find pre-sliced meat, ask your butcher to slice into ⅛” thickness.

Add the Gochujang mixture to the meat…

Toss together so that the mixture will coat the pork all around. Disposable gloves come in handy to do the job.

Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat, place the pork and sliced onion on top. Let them sizzle for 1 minute.

Then stir-fry the pork and onion until fully cooked.

Meanwhile chop all the topping ingredients (lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cilantro) for the taco.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the vinaigrette ingredients and whisk all together until emulsified.

Build a taco with tortilla, pork, and toppings. You can sprinkle shredded cheese on top if you like.

Drizzle soy lime vinaigrette over the tacos and serve immediately.

Hola!! The tender Korean pork with crisp toppings wrapped in a soft tortilla...

At the very first bite, you will be amazed how the two flavors, gochujang and the cumin in the vinaigrette, balance each other.

We are living in a world full of diverse cultures. Nothing does better than food that brings harmony among them. Enjoy this cross cultured fusion taco. Because it is “muy delicioso!” and “massiseoyo”.

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