Over the last several years, the food truck scene has been really growing, especially in Texas. I want to share with you the first food truck dish I fell in love with: Korean-American fusion Kimchi fries. It is definitely a comfort food with an international twist. The crispy fries topped with melted cheese, the savory taste of Bulgolgi meat, and the tanginess of the fermented Kimchi completes the dish. Please do not worry when I say fermented Kimchi, it is actually very appetizing. You do not have to make it, you can actually purchase the Kimchi at any local Korean store. So here is the recipe to my own twist to the Korean-American fusion Kimchi Fries.
1 Bag Frozen Fries
1 Pound of Bulgogi, recipe follows
1 Jar of Cheez Whiz
Mixed Lettuce, recipe follows
Spicy Mayo, recipe follows
Bulgogi (Korean-Style BBQ Beef):
1 pound thinly sliced rib eye steak
1 Jar of Bulgogi Marinated Sauce
1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
½ cup thinly sliced cilantro
Dressing for the Salad:
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 ½ tsp. lime juice
1 ½ tsp. sesame oil
¼ teaspoon sugar
½ cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp. Sriracha
1 tbsp. chili oil
1. Baked the frozen fries as directed.
2. Make the Bulgogi: in a resealable plastic bag, pour in the Bulgogi Sauce. For me, I prefer to add a little extra seasoning but if the sauce tastes good for you, you can omit the extra seasonings. Add the rib eye and toss to coat. Seal the bag and refrigerate overnight.
3. Drain the meat. In a large skillet, drizzle about a tablespoon of vegetable oil until hot. Add the meat and cook over high heat, turning once, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate and keep warm.
4. Prepare the toppings. In a medium bowl, combine dressing and salad.
5. Heat the Cheez Whiz.
6. Top the French fries with a layer of caramelized Kimchi and Bulgogi meat. Pour some cheese over it. Sprinkle the salad over to taste and then top it off with spicy mayo and extra Sriracha for more spiciness.
Ta Da! Now you got a food truck dish in your very own kitchen. Enjoy!