Kimchi gives tacos an Asian twist
Korean tacos originated in California under the auspices of Kogi, an L.A.-based taco/Korean barbecue truck that has attracted a legion of loyal Twitter followers and Facebook fans.
Korean-style grilled beef and vegetables on crisp tortillas
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin or top round, cut about 3/4-inch thick
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar, divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste, divided
6 thin corn tortillas, about 6 inches in diameter
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 red or green peppers, seeded and quartered
1 sweet onion, cut in 1/2-inch slices
1/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
6 tablespoons kimchi, drained
Place meat in a zip-top bag. Combine rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne. Pour marinade over beef, seal and marinate in refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place tortillas flat, in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray corn tortillas with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp.
Combine remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne. Blend in soy sauce and lime juice. Set aside.
Preheat grill to medium-high or allow coals to burn down to white ash. Drain meat and discard marinade. Grill meat 5 to 7 minutes per side or until meat thermometer registers 160 degrees for medium doneness. Meanwhile, spray both sides of peppers and onion slices with nonstick spray and grill 3 to 5 minutes per side or until charred and tender. Remove meat and vegetables to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove charred pieces of skin from peppers. Slice peppers and onions into thin strips. Cut meat across grain into thin strips.
To serve, place a crisp tortilla on each plate. Arrange meat strips over tortillas, then top each with about 1/4 cup sliced, grilled vegetables and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons lime juice mixture each. Top each with 1 tablespoon kimchi.
Nutrition information per serving: 349 calories (45 percent from fat), 17 g total fat (6 g saturated), 84 mg cholesterol, 20 g carbohydrates, 28 g protein, 310 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber.