Today’s Gulf Coast has a lot of new Asian cuisine restaurants popping up. From Nepalese in Fairhope and Mobile to the quick boba and poke shop due to open in Spanish Fort at the end of the month, the flavors of Asian cuisine are easy to find. Something that intrigued me on the menu of the newest restaurant due to open is their sushi burrito. A sushi burrito sounds like a great way to make sushi portable for working people to grab and eat on a lunch hour! Not only that, but sushi is frequently a great source of nutrients and a good option for people who are trying to eat more healthy foods.
Fusion foods both delight and confuse me. The idea that blending two culturally disparate foods together will result in something greater than the sum of the parts is equally intriguing and terrifying. Today I’ve got a recipe for you to make Bulgogi tacos. Bulgogi is a thin sliced Korean BBQ beef, but today we’ll be using ground beef to resemble our usual taco meat. Bulgogi seems to refer more to the sauce than the actual meat, since I found many references to bulgogi hamburgers being available in South Korea.
2 lbs ground beef
12 garlic cloves (crushed)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 t ground ginger
1 T sesame oil
red pepper flakes to taste
1 bunch green onions sliced
Some toppings I like:
Cucumber, seeded and cut into sticks
CilantroBrown the ground beef and crushed garlic together, then drain. Add the rest of the ingredients except the green onion. Mix everything together and simmer for 15 minutes, then add the sliced green onion and cook for another minute. You can also substitute fresh cilantro for green onion.
I highly recommend that you heat up the tortillas, it makes them a little more flavorful. You can also omit them completely! Simply layer things the way you like and enjoy!