But if you don’t live near a Veggie Grill (or do, but feel like staying in instead), you can make this homemade version of their Koreatown Tacos which is pretty close to the real deal.
The trick here is to find a vegan chicken that has a crispy coating, like Gardein’s Crispy Chick’n (toss or freeze the sauce packet) or their Crispy Tenders. Trader Joe’s Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels (again, leave the sauce packet out of this) or their Chickenless Crispy Tenders. These are going to be prepared according to the package instructions, then slathered in a homemade, clingy gochujang-based glaze, simulating what the Veggie Grill version does.
The rest is easy: you’re just going to heat up some cooked black beans, add some avocado slices, mandolined or finely sliced green cabbage, fresh arugula and a little chopped red onion. To finish it off, just use your favorite creamy vegan dressing: I used Follow Your Heart brand’s Vegan Creamy Garlic dressing, and it complemented everything perfectly!
Definitely inspired by Veggie Grill’s Koreatown Tacos!
FOR THE GOCHUJANG GLAZE
- 1 TB toasted sesame oil
- 1 TB garlic, finely minced
- 1 TB ginger, finely minced
- 4 TB water
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup Gochujang
- 9–10 oz. bag of breaded vegan chick’n nuggets or tenders, prepared according to package instructions
- 15 oz. can of black beans, slightly warmed (I season with a tsp of cumin and add a little veg broth and simmer, but that’s not completely necessary here.)
- 4 large flour tortillas, slightly warmed
- 2 cups mandolined or thinly sliced green cabbage
- 4–6 handfuls fresh arugula
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced
- 2–4 TB finely diced red onion
- any creamy vegan dressing (I used Follow Your Heart brand’s Creamy Garlic Dressing)
TO MAKE YOUR GOCHUJANG GLAZE
- Warm the sesame oil over medium low heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Add in the garlic and ginger and allow to soften for 5-6 minutes. To keep it from browning but to allow it to soften, add a tablespoon of water every 2 minutes or so.
- Add in the brown sugar and stir until liquefied. Add the vinegar and gochujang and stir. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer and reduce for 20 minutes, stirring it as needed to prevent the bottom from burning. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. It will thicken slightly as it cools.
TO ASSEMBLE THE TACOS
- Toss the vegan chick’n nuggets in the gochujang glaze in small batches. Only do this when you are ready to serve; otherwise, your nuggets will get soggy.
- Place some of the warmed black beans into the center of a warmed flour tortilla. Place cabbage on top, then layer with some of the sauced vegan chick’n nuggets, followed by the arugula, avocado and red onion.
- Top with some of the vegan creamy dressing and serve immediately with any leftover black beans on the side.
(This recipe will make more gochujang glaze than you’ll need for this recipe, but since it’s such a versatile sauce, you’ll find other things to put it on. ?)