French Fries with Bulgogi and Caramelized Kimchi

Photo: Con Poulos

Austin is loaded with food trucks, and the Korean-Mexican-Texan mash-up that is Chi'Lantro is one of chef Aarón Sanchez's favorites. For his famous late-night snack, Chi'Lantro chef and owner Jae Kim tops hot french fries with caramelized kimchi, grilled Korean-style beef and a mayonnaise spiked with Sriracha.

Yield: 4 servings
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour


Ingredients

  • 1 (small) onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound boneless rib eye steak, cut into very thin, 3-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Korean chile paste (gochujang)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha, plus more for serving
  • 1 pound hot french fries
  • Shredded cheddar, chopped white onion, toasted sesame seeds and cilantro, for serving

Preparation

  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and sesame oil. Add the rib eye and toss to coat. Seal the bag and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain the meat, pick off the solids and pat dry. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil until smoking. Add the meat and cook over high heat, turning once, until lightly browned, 4 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate and keep warm. Rinse out the skillet and wipe dry.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, vinegar, chile paste and soy sauce. Add the kimchi and toss to coat. Heat the skillet until very hot. Add the kimchi and cook over high heat until the liquid is thickened and glossy and the kimchi is browned in spots, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the 3 tablespoons of Sriracha.
  5. Scatter the french fries on a platter and top with the bulgogi and kimchi. Drizzle with some of the Sriracha mayonnaise and sprinkle with cheddar, onion, sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve with additional Sriracha.
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