Korean Joon Ma Bulgogi Beef Tacos

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
YIELD: 1 4-6




  • Trim excess fat from steak and slice very thinly across the grain.
  • Put onion, pear, garlic, ginger and sake into a blender (or food processor). Blend until smooth and creamy. Then add soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil and black pepper. Pulse until well mixed.
  • Pour marinade over beef. Gently massage the beef with the marinade for a minute or two. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Remove from refrigerator about 20 minutes before cooking.
  • Wash the cucumber and slice 1/8 inch thick. Wash the green onion and chop finely.
  • In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Then add the cucumber and green onion and gently mix by hand. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Very thinly slice the scallions on a sharp diagonal, chop the cilantro and slice the avocado. Put each in a separate serving bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a cast-iron pan over high heat. Add the marinated bulgogi to the pan and cook the beef in batches, each in a single layer. Stir the beef until cooked through and nicely browned and caramelized (about 3 minutes). Be sure not to crowd the beef in the pan or it will end up steaming versus browning. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Heat the tortillas on a hot skillet, turning occasionally, for about 1 minute, or until hot. Transfer to a serving platter and cover to keep warm.
  • Serve the bulgogi with the tortillas, cucumber salad and garnishes. Let each guest make their own tacos by adding bulgogi to a tortilla and topping it with cucumber, scallions, avocado, cilantro and a drizzle of gochujang.