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Thu Sep 13, 2018

Beef Bulgogi Walking Tacos

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Beef Bulgogi Walking Tacos

One of our favorite hang out spots in Durham is Namu, a Korean joint with great indoor and outdoor spaces to eat and drink with friends, which I recommend checking out if you're ever in town. Korean barbecue serves as the backbone of their menu, and there doesn't seems to be much they don't turn it into. Their menu covers everything from the traditional, like bibimbap and mandu, to the creative, like tacos, quesadillas, and loaded fries. This got me thinking, if Korean barbecue is so versatile, what else can it do well?

It wasn't a great leap to get from tacos to walking tacos, but I realized I had never seen Korean barbecue topped Fritos ever before and it suddenly became my mission to make it. I made both spicy pork bulgogi, which I've already reported out on, and this beef bulgogi as toppings, and I'm happy to say both worked great in the walking taco format.

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Thu Jul 12, 2018

Grilled Skirt Steak Ssam

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Skirt Steak Ssam

Skirt, flank, and hanger are my personal trifecta of favorite steaks. While I eat skirt and flank fairly regularly due to their easy procurement, hanger tends to be a special occasion type of thing. It's actually been a couple years since I last cooked a hanger, leaving me with an ever increasing desire to grill one up and decided that using Momofuku's hanger steak ssam recipe at my Korean-themed Meatwave would be the perfect occasion to get some of this delicious, beefy steak back into my life. That proved easier said than done as no local shop had any hangers in stock, and I was too late to place a special order. So a bit disappointed, but not defeated, I kept chugging along with the idea, but just swapped the fairly similar skirt steak in place, and really, at the end of the day, when the beef was made into lettuce wraps with a variety of toppings, the difference between skirt and hanger probably would have been pretty indistinguishable.

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Thu Jun 21, 2018

Grilled Tteokbokki

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Grilled Tteokbokki

I'm in a love affair with Korean rice cakes—aka: tteokbokki—right now. I've been enjoying them in restaurants for many, many years, but it's only been in the last year that I started cooking with them at home and it's been kind of live altering. I'll toss rice cake into the usual stir-fries or sauces I commonly make and immediately they're transformed into something a hundred times more delicious. I think their pleasing chewiness, heartiness, and ability to take on any flavor, make tteokbokki a totally versatile ingredient with endless possibilities that I'm just starting to explore. I've been so enamored with them lately and I wanted to share that feeling with my friends, so made these grilled tteokbokki at a recent Meatwave hoping my guests would be as taken with them as I am.

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Thu May 31, 2018

Smoked Duck Ssam

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Smoked Duck Ssam

I'm not really sure why I don't cook duck more often. In many ways, it reigns supreme over other poultry—it's definitely more flavorful and fattier than your chicken and turkey mainstays, which are huge plusses in my book. I guess the fact that it's not normally out with the standard birds, tucked away often in the freezer section, makes it kind of out of sight and out of mind. When I was considering making ssams—essentially Korean lettuce wraps—for a Meawave recently, duck did jump right up there as a great idea for a meat filling, and I'm glad it did because this smoked duck ssam was really amazing.

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Thu Apr 26, 2018

Korean Barbecue Spicy Pork Walking Tacos

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Daeji Bulgogi Walking Tacos

I'm a kind of quiet and reserved guy, and while I often frequent the same eating and drinking establishments over and over again, my personality ensures I never really become that "regular" every knows and greets upon arrival. While this holds mostly true, one exception is an excellent food truck called Bo's Kitchen that's often in our neighborhood, where the owner instantly recognizes and chats with myself and the wife. We were so excited when Bo's Kitchen expanded into a brick-and-mortar recently, called Namu, which has now become a usual hang out spot for us. On a recent visit there, I ordered a menu special of bulgogi fries, which were waffle fries loaded with your choice of meat, kimchi, scallions, spicy Korean barbecue sauce, and more. I devoured that oversized platter in no time, and while waiting for those more graceful and normal paced eaters to finish their meals, I got to wondering—why are Korean fries and tacos such a big thing, but not walking tacos? So I knew what I had to do with that thought—make some Korean barbecue walking tacos at a Meatwave!

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