Korean tacos are a fusion food that originated in the early 2000s in Los Angeles, California. The idea for the dish was born out of the Korean-American community's desire to introduce traditional Korean flavors to the wider American audience. Roy Choi, a Korean-American chef, is widely credited with inventing the dish.
Choi's first food truck, Kogi BBQ, launched in 2008 and quickly became a sensation in LA. The truck served Korean-inspired tacos filled with marinated Korean BBQ with a variety of Korean-inspired garnishes such as kimchi, cilantro, and cheese. The tacos were served on a soft tortilla, which was a departure from traditional Korean dishes that typically used rice as a base.
Korean tacos soon gained popularity beyond LA, and food trucks serving the dish began popping up in other major cities across the United States. Today, Korean tacos have become a staple of the fusion food scene and are enjoyed by food lovers around the world.
Estimated Cooking time : 10 min
Oppa's Korean BBQ
8-10 small flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges
Gochujang Mayo (optional)
Dethaw and thoroughly cook Oppa’s Korean BBQ.
Warm the tortillas on the grill or in a skillet.
To assemble the tacos, top with Oppa's Korean BBQ, shredded cabbage, cheese, diced red onion, and chopped cilantro. Squeeze lime wedges over the tacos and add hot sauce, if desired.
Serve the Korean tacos immediately and enjoy!
Add Gochujang Mayo for a mild kick!
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, gochujang, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic powder until well combined.
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. If you like it spicier, add more gochujang. If you prefer it sweeter, add more honey.
Add this immediately to your Oppa's Korean Tacos & enjoy!