I am a foodie, a lover of food and as such I love to look at recipes online, in magazines and cookbooks. However, do not hand me a cookbook that has no pictures! I hate that. I am a visual learner and as such I need to "see" it. If I can see the photo and you tell me what you call it, chances are I can make it without an ingredient list. It is a blessing and one my husband enjoys. I very seldom if ever follow a recipe to a T unless it is baking. Then I will follow it the first time, making a few adjustments in sugar amounts or flavorings but you can count on it, that if I make it again, it will have my twist to it.
Today I'm sharing a recipe I recently saw in a magazine. The name caught my attention first. Korean Tacos with Asian slaw. REALLY? Korean food and tacos? hmmm.... well as soon as I looked at the photo and the ingredient list I knew this was something I HAD to make. Of course in my own way :)
Now the ones in the magazine looked and sounded fantastic, I just didn't have the exact same ingredients. So I improvised. This is what true cooking is to me. Looking at a recipe and then making it your own. Or maybe it is my rebellious nature that doesn't like to 'follow the rules' or the fact that I WILL color outside the lines. Either way, they turned out GREAT and I will be making them again.
The night I made them, my husband came in, sat down and said... "so what's for dinner" as there was nothing on the stove or in the crock pot. I guess he thought I had gone on strike. LOL
So my reply was "Korean Tacos"
"WHAT?" Oh never mind I'm not even going to ask I'm too tired"
He said, "really, you're going to put Korean food IN a taco?"
Just wait I said, you'll love it I promise and if not, I'll eat them all :)
So I got busy. Honestly, the whole thing took me about 20 minutes from start to finish. I LOVE that even more.
Oh and by the way, he took one bite, looked at me and said "MY G-d woman! this is good" Oh yeah baby, that's what I like to hear :)
Korean Tacos with Asian Slaw (my way)
2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup slaw mix (shredded mix cabbage in the bag)
1/2 cup broccoli slaw mix (in a bag)
2 green onions, diced
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2-3/4 lb LEAN ground chuck
1 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TBSP + 2 tsp soy sauce
5 flour tortillas
In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, red pepper flake and 2 tsp soy sauce. Add the cabbage and broccoli slaw. Toss well and let sit while you cook.
In a large skillet over medium heat cook your ground chuck, just before it is cooked through, add your onions. And mix up your sauce - brown sugar, garlic, ginger, oil and soy sauce. Mix well and pour over the meat. Mix well.
In a dry skillet, toast your tortillas on both sides.
Spoon in the meat mixture and top with the slaw. Serve immediately.