Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Kogi" Korean BBQ Tacos

I've mentioned the Flying Sams before, but if you didn't know or are new around here, it's a club that I am involved in. We are a completely student run organization that operates a clinic in El Testerazo, Mexico once a month. It's the best club I've ever had the chance to be involved in and I love it dearly! More info here.
Well, every once in a while we have fundraisers to help us keep our clinic running and to provide the necessary medications for the people of our clinic. Sometimes we sell cupcakes and sometimes we sell Korean BBQ. This time we decided to kick things up a notch and try our hand at "Kogi" Korean BBQ Tacos. If you've never heard of Kogi you probably don't live around Southern CA, cause it's definitely all the rage around here. We used this AWESOME recipe from Kevin of Closet Cooking and boy was it a hit!
We kind of changed it up a bit by using prepared bulgogi meat rather than Kalbi that Kevin used. You can get prepared bulgogi meat from Korean markets, which are relatively cheap. It is already marinated and delicious by itself, but when topped with the SUPER, SUPER spicy Korean Salsa Roja, wow! Everything was delicious and so full of flavor. If you have the time, definitely make this.

Topped with some juicy limes, and you're set!
Mmmm juicy bulgogi.
"Kogi" Korean BBQ Tacos
Yields: 12 tacos/ 4 servings
Adapted from this recipe.

12 small corn tortillas
1 1/2 lbs. prepared Korean bulgogi
1 cup Korean style salsa roja (recipe below)
1 cup onion cilantro relish (recipe below)
2 cups shredded lettuce in Korean sesame vinaigrette (recipe below)
Toasted sesame seeds

Heat a medium sized pan over medium-high heat. Cook until cooked through, about 5 - 8 minutes, set aside. To assemble the tacos, heat the tortillas over an open flame until lightly toasty and warm. Top each tortilla with some meat, hot sauce, relish and lettuce. Finish with some sesame seeds and enjoy!
Korean Style Salsa Roja
Yields: 2 cups
Original recipe here.

1/2 lb. plum tomatoes
1/4 lb. tomatillos
1 cup water
1 oz. (about 20) dried chilies de arbol, toasted
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 tbsn. garlic, grated
1 tbsn. ginger, grated
2 tbsn. gochujang
1 tbsn. sesame oil
1 tbsn. sesame seeds, toasted

Roast the tomatoes and tomatillos until charred on all sides, about 10 - 12 minutes. Place the tomatoes, tomatillos, water, chiles de arbol and onion in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until the onions and chiles are tender, about 20 - 30 minutes. Drain the water, reserving it. Place everything, other than the sesame seeds in a food processor or a blender and puree, adding some of the reserved liquid if needed. Strain the bits from the salsa and mix in the toasted sesame seeds.
Onion and Cilantro Relish
Yields: 4+ servings/ about 1 cup
Original recipe here.

1 sweet onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced

Mix everything together.
Shredded Romaine in Korean Sesame Vinaigrette
Yields: 4+ servings
Original recipe here.

1 tbsn. sesame oil
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tbsn. soy sauce
1 tbsn. gochugaru
1 tbsn. sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 heat romaine lettuce, shredded

Mix together all of the ingredients except the lettuce. Toss the lettuce in the sauce.


  1. YUMMMM these sound fantastic

  2. Remember how I said I LOVE your blog? Ya, it's still true! Last night I told my husband I am making korean bulgogi tomorrow night (tonight). And then I come across this today...WHOA! Weird! These look AMAZING!

  3. great job..better than the real thing!

  4. Julia! Please make them! The sauce takes a little bit of time and love but it's totally worth it :)

  5. these look fantastic

  6. Thank you! I work for a university and a division of your club had a booth selling these tacos and they are wonderful! I'm going to be making these soon.

  7. Made these tonight and they were delish! Topped the tacos with pickled daikon :P

    Thought the salsa was really tasty, liked the addition of green onion in the relish, and dug the sesame vinaigrette (I'll be using it in future Korean salads).