Korean BBQ - Kogi Truck

REQUEST DETAILS: Would like a recipe for korean tacos, specifically the style of tacos served at the Kogi BBQ truck (all types appreciated: short rib, spicy pork, chicken, tofu)

ATTRIBUTES: Spicy, marinated meat amidst romaine lettuce, kimchi radish, bean sprouts, topped with cilantro and a sesame-chili salsa


CURRENT STATUS: Similar recipes found – taste test TBD

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For anyone able to figure out a recipe by just sampling, the “secret” components – marinades, salsas, and vinaigrettes – of the Kogi tacos can be purchased at:

Chego – 3300 Overland Blvd, Culver City, CA

Similar recipes for these tacos have also been found at (THANK YOU to all of the bloggers below for posting your recipes!):

For the Kogi BBQ Sauce –

Kogi BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons Korean fermented hot pepper paste (gochujang)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Whisk all ingredients together until sugar has dissolved and mixture is smooth. You can make this a few days in advance and store tightly covered in the refrigerator.


For the Kalbi Marinade, Kogi BBQ Sauce, Cilantro-Onion Relish, and Romaine Lettuce with Chili-Soy Vinaigrette –

Kalbi Marinade
adapted from a recipe by Kevyn Miyata
(for 4-5 lbs of short ribs)
1½ cups soy sauce
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup honey
¼ cup sesame oil
8-10 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed
6 large green onions, roughly chopped
1 Asian or Korean Pear (½ roughly chopped, ½ sliced then mashed by hand)
Toasted sesame seeds
Combine all ingredients except meat in a bowl and mix well. In a one gallon ZipLoc bag, combine meat and marinade. Let sit for 24-36 hours, flipping over the bag every 12 hours or so to ensure the marinade is distributed evenly.
Kogi BBQ Sauce
adapted from Steamy Kitchen
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp gochujang (Korean fermented hot pepper paste)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
Sriracha to taste (optional)
Whisk together all the ingredients. If desired, add Sriracha a few drops at a time to the sauce until it’s hot enough for ya. 🙂 If you have one, put sauce in a squeeze bottle to make taco assembly more efficient.
Cilantro-Onion Relish
adapted from Tasty Eats at Home
½ red onion, minced
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch or two of salt
Add onions and rice wine vinegar in a bowl. Allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes. Drain and rinse. Add rest of ingredients to onions and stir to combine.
Napa/Romaine Slaw with Chili-Soy Vinaigrette
dressing recipe from The New York Times
2 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
4 cups Romaine lettuce, shredded
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 small jalapenos, seeded and minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
Whisk together the soy, vinegar, garlic, jalapenos and ginger and set aside. Combine Napa and Romaine in a bowl until mixed well. You should have a nice green/white color contrast. For best results, divide slaw into batches and dress each batch as needed so that the greens don’t get soggy.


For the Kalbi Marinade, Salsa Roja, Onion and Cilantro Relish, and Romaine Lettuce in Sesame Vinaigrette –

Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)
2 pounds short ribs (trimmed)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 inch ginger (grated)
4 green onions (sliced)
1/2 onion (grated)
1 Asian pear (grated)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted and crushed)
1. Mix the marinade and marinate the ribs over night in the refrigerator.
2. Remove the ribs from the marinade discarding the marinade.
3. Grill the ribs until they are slightly charred and caramelized on both sides.
Korean Style Salsa Roja
1/2 pound plum tomatoes
1/4 pound tomatillos (husked and washed)
1 cup water
1 ounce (about 20) dried chilies de arbol (toasted)
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon garlic (grated)
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
2 tablespoons gochujang
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted and crushed)
1. Roast the tomatoes and tomatillos until charred on all sides, about 10-12 minutes.
2. Place the tomatoes, tomatillos, water, chiles de arbol and onion into a sauce pan, bring to a boil and simmer until the onions are tender, about 20-30 minutes.
3. Drain the water reserving it.
4. Place everything other that the sesame seeds into a food processor or a blender and puree adding some of the reserved liquid if necessary.
5. Strain the bits from the salsa.
6. Mix in the toasted and crushed sesame seeds.
Onion and Cilantro Relish
1 sweet onion (chopped)
1 bunch green onions (sliced, optional)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)
1/2 lime (juice)
1. Mix everything.
Shredded Romaine in a Korean Sesame Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 lime (juice)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon gochugaru (Korean chili powder)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted)
1/2 head romaine lettuce (shredded)
1. Mix the dressing and toss with the salad.

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