Spicy Korean pork tacos – a fusion recipe that really works!
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5 from 2 votes

Spicy Korean pork tacos

Tacos get a Korean flavour treatment in a fusion that works
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Tacos
Servings: 2 -3 servings
Author: Lucy Parissi | Supergolden Bakes


  • <b>For the quick pickles</b>
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 red chilli seeded and finely diced
  • 2-3 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch black pepper
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  • <b>For the pork</b>
  • 500 g | 17.6 oz pork shoulder cubed
  • 2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda for tenderising
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 red chilli seeded and finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Gochujang paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste or ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lime or more, to taste
  • 2 orange bell peppers or mix or orange and green
  • 2 large onions finely diced
  • rapeseed canola oil to fry
  • 120 ml | 1/2 cup cider or water more if needed
  • 2 tsp cornflour cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp cold water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to season
  • fresh coriander cilantro leaves to garnish
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  • <b>To serve</b>
  • 4-6 to rtillas warmed slightly
  • 1 large avocado cubed
  • 2 large tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes, diced
  • Plenty of Cheddar cheese grated
  • Limes quartered
  • Sour cream
  • Sriracha sauce optional


  • Make the pickles. Slice the cucumber and radishes very thinly – preferably using a mandoline.
  • Put in a jar with the chilli, sugar, salt, pepper and vinegar. Mix and let stand while you prepare the meat. The pickles can get a bit smelly the longer they sit. Best eaten soon after preparing.
  • Cut the pork into small cubes, removing any large pieces of fat, and mix with the bicarbonate of soda. Cover and keep in the fridge overnight or for at least a couple of hours.
  • Rinse the soda off with plenty of water and then pat the pork dry.
  • Put the meat in a bowl and add the garlic, chilli, Gochujang and tomato pastes, sugar, soy and lime juice. Toss to combine.
  • Heat 2 tbsp rapeseed oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the onions and fry until soft.
  • Add the peppers and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the pork and fry over high heat for a few minutes until meat is browned.
  • Turn heat down and add the cider (or water) and cornflour and cook until it most of the liquid is absorbed and sauce has thickened. Season and garnish with plenty of fresh coriander.
  • Bring all the ingredients to the table so people can help themselves.
  • Pile some pork on a tortilla and add pickles, avocado, tomatoes, Cheddar, sour cream and drizzle with Sriracha sauce. Squeeze some lime juice and fold to enclose the fillings (it will be messy). Enjoy!