Korean Style Tacos by Eating and Living – A Korean-American Mom’s Home Cooking

While I am away visiting my parents in Malaysia, I have asked a couple of friends to guest post for me. Today, we have Hyosun of Eating and Living with this delicious and tasty East meets West Korean Style Tacos.

Korean Style Tacos

When I first came across Hyosun’s elegant blog Eating and Living sometime back, I was immediately impressed. I enjoy Korean food for its spicy and strong flavors and Hyosun’s very refined and exquisitely presented food kept me going back for more. Her meticulous attention to detail makes the recipes easy to follow and replicate. She also has an amiable writing style that welcomes one into her virtual kitchen. I know you will enjoy her blog as much as I do.

Hyosun is a Korean-American mom of two grown-up children living in the Washington, D.C. area. She works full time for the U.S. Government and blogs about authentic Korean cuisine during her free time. Hyosun started her blog to teach her two grown-up children how to recreate the recipes they grew up with. Since then, it has become the go-to site for delicious easy-to-follow recipes on classic Korean cuisine.

Bibimbap is one of the most popular Korean dishes outside Korea and has been getting a lot of attention recently in the U.S. The cooking process can be overwhelming since it involves preparing a number of small dishes that are put together at the end. In her recipe, she laid out each step with a photo and made it easy to follow along.

Mandu is a Korean dumpling stuffed with a mixture of various meat and vegetables. There are many variations. Although it does take some time to make them, home-made mandu is always well worth the effort.

I hope you will visit Hyosun soon. Do check out her many delicious Korean recipes and please say “Hi” for me. Hyosun is a regular contributor to The Daily Meal. You can also find her on Facebook.

And now, please welcome Hyosun…

Hi! I’m Hyosun from eating and living, the Korean home cooking blog. Through my blog, I share the secrets of classic Korean home cooking. It’s my great pleasure to guest post here today while Biren’s visiting her parents in Malaysia. I’ve been a big fan of Biren’s blog for quite some time, and it truly is an honor for me to be here today. Biren asked if I could share a Korean beef recipe. After some thinking, I decided to share Korean-style tacos made with my signature galbi recipe (Korean BBQ short ribs). The recipe has two parts. First, I’ll show you how to make authentic Korean BBQ short ribs. The recipe will be great for your summer grilling. Then, I’ll turn the deep flavored short ribs into my version of a popular Korean/Mexican fusion dish.

The word galbi (also spelled kalbi) literally means “ribs”, and the full name of BBQ galbi is galbi gui (grilled). It is THE most popular backyard/outdoor BBQ dish in Korean homes. Short ribs are a tough cut of meat and need to be tenderized for grilling. Traditionally, grated Korean pear is used as a tenderizer. The pear also adds a subtle fruity sweetness to the marinade. Grated onion and alcohol in the marinade also tenderize the meat. The short ribs need to be marinated for at least 6 hours or longer (overnight for best results). Plan accordingly. The result is tender meat that has a smooth balance of sweet and savory flavors.

As you might know, Korean-style tacos were made famous by a food truck (Kogi – Korean BBQ-To-Go) in Los Angeles over 3 years ago. Since then, food trucks selling Korean tacos have become a nation-wide trend. Unfortunately, I’ve never had tacos from “Kogi” truck, but the idea is to place Korean BBQ meat on a Mexican corn tortilla topped with a mix of Korean and Mexican flavors. In my version, I paired the meat with a refreshing salsa made with kimchi, Korean pear and other crunchy vegetables. I used good amounts of cilantro and lime juice to incorporate Mexican flavors. I also created a gochujang (Korean red chili paste) sauce to give the tacos extra heat. There you have it – delicious Korean-style tacos!

Korean Style Tacos
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 10 - 12 4-inch corn tortillas
For galbi (BBQ short ribs)
  • 3 pounds beef short ribs (flanken cut)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or use more sugar)
  • ¼ cup rice wine (or mirin)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ cup (about ¼ of a large) Korean/Asian pear grated
  • ¼ cup (about ¼ of large) onion grated
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Kimchi salsa
  • ½ cup diced kimchi
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced red cabbage
  • ½ cup diced Korean/Asian pear
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (more for garnish)
  • juice from 1 lime (about 1½ to 2 tablespoons)
  • salt (about ¼ teaspoon) and pepper to taste
Gochujang sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger ale (you can use other soda or water instead)
  1. Mix all marinade ingredients well. Rinse the meat to wash off bone dust. Pound the meat slightly with a meat tenderizer. Marinate the meat for at least 6 hours or longer (overnight for best results).
  2. For making tacos, grill the meat turning only once, 2 - 3 minutes on each side, until nicely caramelized, and then cut into small pieces. Or, cut the marinated meat into small pieces first and grill in a pan.
  3. In a large bowl, toss all the salsa ingredients well.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Heat the tortillas in a skillet over medium heat, about 30 seconds each side.
  6. To assemble, place the meat on a tortilla and top with a spoonful of kimchi salsa and cilantro. Serve with the sauce on the side.

Korean Style Tacos


Thank you Hyosun for a most delicious recipe and informative post. I hope I will get a chance to try out your recipe soon.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎


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  1. says

    Lovely pictures and mouth-watering recipe. some of these ingredients will be hard for me to find in the UK but I’m going to bookmark this for when I’m stateside this summer. Nice to be introduced to Hyosun! :-)

  2. says

    What fabulous way to eat Korean food….tasting all great flavors in each bite! Lovely post, Hyosun! Great to meet you, Biren!

  3. says

    Hi Hyosun, what a wonderfully detailed tutorial! Never had tacos before, but I would love to start here! Your tacos look gorgeous and so delicious!

    Thanks for featuring Hyosun Biren. She’s my go-to source for trustworthy and reliable Korean recipes too :)

  4. says

    A tasty fusion of Korean and Mexican! Love the ribs, the marinade, the sauce, everything about this recipe! What great tacos! It was very nice to meet you and now I need to go check out your blog.

  5. says

    Biren – Thank you for inviting me over to your wonderful blog and for all of your kind words. It’s truly an honor for me. I had lots of fun creating this recipe for your readers. I’ve been enjoying your trip photos on your Facebook. It looks like you’re having a great time with your parents.

    • Biren says

      It is my pleasure Hyosun. Thank you for your lovely post. I am sure my readers enjoy it very much.

      I am enjoying my stay with my parents. They and my brothers are feeding me well and keeping me “busy”. 😀

  6. says

    Hi Hyosun, thanks for introducing this lovely Korean beef dish on Biren’s blog! Kimchi is about the only Korean “side dish” I know. Terrible, eh :-( I’ll definitely check out your blog to get more ideas about Korean dishes. This snack will be a winner at parties, I’m sure. Love hassle-free dishes, but there’re are some ingredients that I’ve not heard or used before, eg gochujang. What would be the substitute? Also, I’m not sure I’ve seen Asian/ Korean pears in our local supermarkets (in Belgium). Once again, thanks!

  7. says

    Oh wow, this sounds really delicious. I just started up some Korean cuisines lately and this came in perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.
    p/s Enjoy your trip, Biren. Bon Voyage!


  1. […] By the time you read this post, I am up in the sky again homeward bound to Minnesota. How quickly these two and a half weeks have gone by. It was great to see family in Malaysia and I treasure the little time I got to spend with each of them. Leaving is always hard but my life in Minnesota beckons. I miss my hubby and two boys and it is time to go home. The good memories made in Malaysia will have to last until my next visit. Thank you all for visiting and commenting while I was away. I hope you have enjoyed my prepared posts and also updates on Facebook. It warmed my heart to read your comments and to see your “likes”. A special thank you goes to Ruby and Hyosun for helping to hold the fort with their lovely guest posts. In case you missed them, do check them out over here and here. […]

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