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Korean BBQ-inspired Tacos

by Lorena

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I love the flavours embedded in the meat when using a Korean barbecue style marinade. This time I decided to use these flavours to make delicious tacos and use the marinade as a sauce for them as well. I love how all the elements of the taco work together: the coleslaw and cucumber adding freshness, the avocado brings creaminess and the tortilla is just the perfect carb to bring them all together. 

Korean BBQ-inspired tacos

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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people


For the Korean BBQ beef

  • 1 spring onion / scallion chopped
  • 150 ml soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 20 g ginger peeled and sliced
  • 4 tbsp demerara / brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour + 1 tbsp water
  • 500 g tenderloin
  • as needed vegetable oil

For the coleslaw salad

  • 150 g carrots cut thinly
  • 100 g purple cabbage cut thinly
  • 100 g green cabbage cut thinly
  • 200 g mayonnaise
  • 20 g sugar
  • 20 g apple / cider vinegar

You also need

  • 1 cucumber in slices
  • 2 avocados in slices
  • to taste sesame seeds
  • 4 limes in wedges
  • 10-12 tortillas


For the Korean BBQ beef

  • Mix all the ingredients for the marinade: soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, scallions / spring onions, ginger and brown sugar.
  • Clean the tenderloin from all big lumps of fat and silver skin. They will be quickly pan fried so the fat won't melt and the silver skin goes really tough. Cut the meat in strips of 1-2cm to prevent overcooking.
  • Let the meat marinade for 1-3 hours in the fridge, covered with cling film that is touching the surface of the marinade.
  • Remove the beef from the marinade and pass the remaining liquid through a sieve. Put the sauce in a pot and add the cornflour, previously mixed with cold water. Add the mix and let boil. Reserve.
  • Cook the meat strips in a really hot pan with vegetable oil. Let it sit still to let it caramelize and then flip. Be careful not to overcook the meat as it really can ruin the dish. Only put a few strips of meat at a time on the pan to make sure that they go golden. If you put too many in, then the heat from the pan is extremely reduced and they will boil instead of frying.
  • Add all your meat back into the pan and mix it with the sauce we thickened before.

For the coleslaw salad

  • Mix the vinaigrette together with the vegetables and let it sit for 30min so they can absorb the marinade and go softer.

Setting up the table

  • Cut up some avocado and cucumber as well as lime wedges. Arrange in individual containers.
  • Heat up the tortillas in the oven or on a pan without oil for an added special component.
  • Finish them off with sesame seeds and a slight squeeze of lime.
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