As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve recently become addicted to kimchi. It all started after Dennis had to take antibiotics, and I bought kimchi and sauerkraut to help him rebuild his body’s beneficial bacteria. Since they’re both fermented, they are good probiotic foods.
I’ve been buying jar’s of Mother-In-Law’s Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi, and we’ve been adding it to pretty much everything we eat. It’s pretty spicy, but if heat’s not your thing, they also Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi, which has a mild flavor. There are other great brands out there too, but be sure to read the label before buying, as not all kimchis are vegan. (It’s often made with shrimp and fish sauce. Ewww!)
Another favorite of mine is Butler’s Soy Curls. Soy Curls are made from whole, non-gmo soybeans, and they’re minimally processed. They have a meaty texture that’s similar to seitan, so they’re a good option for those who follow a gluten-free diet. They soak up marinades and sauces well, and they’re terrific in just about everything from stir-fries to sandwiches.
I can’t find Soy Curls in any store in my area, so I like to buy them in bulk from Amazon. Since they are minimally processed soy beans, they can get rancid if they sit in a hot pantry or kitchen cupboard for too long, so I like to store them in the fridge.
While I was in the beginning stages of my kimchi-eating frenzy, I Googled recipes and discovered that kimchi tacos are a thing. They’re usually made with beef, and since soy curls are usually a good stand-in for beef in vegan recipes, I decided to do a little experimenting. I’ve played with my recipe a few times, and I’m now quite happy with the results. Soy Curl and Kimchi Tacos are now a Taco Tuesday regular here!
I use Edward and Sons Not-Beef Bouillon Cubes when making these tacos. Vegetarian Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base will also work well. If you can’t find either of them, just use a regular vegan bouillon cube.
These Soy Curl and Kimchi Tacos are pretty spicy. If you’re sensitive to heat, feel free to use less garlic chili paste or sriracha – they’ll be just as tasty.
I hope you enjoy these tacos as much as Dennis and do. Warning—they are addictive!
Soy Curl and Kimchi Tacos
Made with savory Soy Curls and spicy kimchi, these easy-to-make Soy Curl and Kimchi Tacos are perfect for busy weeknights, and they’re sure to become a Taco Tuesday favorite!
- 4 ounces Soy Curls (half a package)
- 2 1/2 cups hot water, divided
- ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons garlic chili paste or sriracha, divided
- 1 vegan Not-Beef Bouillon Cube or 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base*
- ¼ cup tamari
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon neutral vegetable oil
- 6 corn tortillas, warmed
- 2 cups kimchi, coarsely chopped
- 2 scallions, sliced
- avocado, diced
Re-constitute the soy curls by placing them in a bowl and pouring 2 cups of hot water over them. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Once they’ve softened, drain them and squeeze some of the excess water out of them.
While the soy curls are soaking, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of hot water, the vegan “beef” bouillon, tamari, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon of garlic chili paste or sriracha in a small bowl. Then whisk in the cornstarch. Set aside until ready to use.
In another small bowl, mix together the vegan mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of garlic chili paste or sriracha. Set aside until ready to use.
Place the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the soy curls and cook, stirring frequently, until they’ve begun to brown and crisp around the edges a little, about 10 minutes
Pour the “beef” bouillon mixture over the soy curls and stir to coat them all. Turn the heat down and allow the sauce to thicken slightly. This will only take 2 or 3 minutes.
To serve the tacos, place some of the soy curls in on a tortilla with the spicy mayo. Top with the kimchi, scallions, and avocado. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and soy curls.
*Any vegan bouillon will do if you don’t want to use the “not-beef” variety.