I think right now Korean food is my favorite of ethnic foods. I love the variety. The flavors. The below recipe reminded me of the Korilla food truck we have in NYC. Though it is a bit more affordable than most Korean restaurants they are never near my office. So I was especially glad to find the recipe. And my crockpot was able to do most of the work. It was a delicious meal.
For the Korean beef:
~5 lbs beef short ribs (can also use back ribs)
1 bottle (10 oz) low sodium soy sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp ginger, grated
6 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
2 Tbsp sriracha
1 cup water (optional)
For the Cucumber Slaw:
1 cucumber (seedless recommended)
Thinly sliced red onion rounds
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
For the tacos:
16 small wheat tortillas
Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
To make the cucumber slaw, slice the cucumber very thinly and sprinkle with salt. Place in a colander and let sit for up to an hour over a bowl or in the sink.
Shake additional water from the colander or pat with paper towels.
Transfer to a bowl and toss with red onions, rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Refrigerate until ready to use (leftovers get less and less crunchy as they sit but it can be made ahead, just pour off any accumulated liquid and toss with an additional 1-2 tsp vinegar to taste, if necessary).
To make the Korean beef for the tacos, spray your slow cooker crock with non-stick cooking spray and add the ribs.
Whisk soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar with the garlic, ginger, sriracha, and oils.
Pour over the ribs in the crockpot. (I thought the liquid level looked a little low so I added ~ 1 1/2 cups of water.)
Cook on low for 8 hours.
(optional) Remove 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid and skim the fat from the top. Pour the liquid into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer while separating the meat from the bones. Reduce the liquid by about half and pour over the shredded meat.
To assemble, serve the shredded meat on warmed tortillas topped a spoon of cucumber slaw, cilantro, bean sprouts, sriracha and a dollop of yogurt.
Yields: 8 servings