Tacos definitely do not come from Hong Kong for sure. However, Hong Kong soft beef tacos are not the regular tacos you have had before. Martin said “This east meets south-of-the-border with this grab-and-go snack”. The filling itself wasn’t seasoned much, however, the sauce…that sauce really kick it up a notch and bring everything together.

I’ve said before that I enjoy fusion dishes and this is one of the example. So easy and quick to make, yet the tasty filling rolled in a tortilla is simply out of this world. Another recipe from Martin Yan’s Asian Favorite.

HONG KONG SOFT BEEF TACOS (4 to 6 servings)

2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp cornstarch

1/3 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp chile sauce
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 lb white button mushrooms, julienned

1/4 lb fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps julienned
1/4 cup fresh wood ear mushrooms, trimmed and julienned
5 Chinese chives or green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup julienned carrot
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp water
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed


1. To prepare marinade, combine soy sauce, garlic, and cornstarch in a bowl. Add beef and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes

2. To prepare sauce, combine hoisin sauce and chile sauces in a small bowl. Set aside

3. Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add 2 Tbsp oil, swirling to coat sides. Add beef and stir-fry until no longer pink, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove meat from wok

4. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to wok, swirling to coat sides. Add both mushrooms, chives, and carrot; stir-fry for 2 1/2 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Decrease heat to low and simmer for 1 minute. Return beef to pan and add corn starch solution. Cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens

5. Place meat mixture in a serving bowl. Serve tortillas and sauce alongside. To eat, spread about 2 tsp of sauce on a warm tortilla, top with 1/4 cup meat filling. Fold tortilla in half, and eat out of hand

Alternatively, you can always roll it into a burrito shape. Easier to eat without the sauce dripping all over :)


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