Thai Pork Tacos with Cabbage-Peanut Slaw

 

At the end of my last post, I promised another “Thai” recipe.  And yes, I know, tacos are not Thai but just hear me out. 

Our first day in Thailand, we were excited to get out and experience the town and eat real Thai food.  We walked around searching for the perfect first meal.  There was a ton of street food and hole-in-the-wall type places to eat, but with the kids in tow we thought we’d better stick to a place that looked a little cleaner.  After walking around for quite a while and determined not to let our first meal be McDonald’s (yes, they really are everywhere!) We finally settled on an American BBQ place.  Go figure.  My husband and son decided to split the ribs platter and M and I decided to split the Baja tacos. 

The ribs were as authentic as any I’ve ever had.  But the tacos were anything but.  Yes, it was pork in a warmed tortilla, but they had all of the flavors ofThailand.  And while we had some AH-MAZING Thai food while we were there, I still think back fondly of those tacos!

The ribs were as authentic as any I’ve every had.  But the tacos were anything but.  Yes, it was pork in a warmed tortilla, but they had all of the flavors of Thailand.  And while we had some AH-MAZING Thai food while we were there, I still think back fondly of those tacos!

 

Thai Pork Tacos with Peanut-Cabbage Slaw
 
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1lb Lean ground pork
  • 1 red onion, finely diced and divided
  • 1 teaspoon green curry paste (more or less depending on your heat preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • A few dashes of sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 small head of red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 3-4 radishes cut into match sticks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Tortillas and Lime wedges to serve
Instructions
  1. To make the pork: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the onions. Sautee for 2 minutes, or until they start to soften. Add the ground pork, and cook until browned, about 10 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break up into pieces. Add the curry paste, ground ginger, half the fish sauce, half the soy sauce and toss until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. To make the slaw: Make the dressing by combining the remaining fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and sesame oil, and brown sugar. Allow the mixture to sit at least 10 minutes for the flavors to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Mix together the cabbage, carrot, green onion, radish, and cilantro. Toss the dressing and add the peanuts last.
  3. To serve: warm tortillas and place a few table spoons of the pork and the slaw in each tortilla.
 
Notes

The dressing can be made up to three days a head of time, but the slaw should not be tossed with it until just before serving.

 

 

Ramona - I love the idea of pork Thai style tacos!! I bet it was fantastic. The slaw looks amazing and colorful. You have my creative juices flowing with this dish…. I love when that happens. :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - Love that your first meal was at a BBQ place! The tacos look amazing. Proof that you can put anything in a tortialla and completely change up the part of the world you are eating in.

Nami | Just One Cookbook - Oh gosh, this is my 3nd taco posts I’ve seen today and I’m going crazy especially with this Thai flavor taco idea!!! I love your slaw in the tacos. Okay I need to gather ingredients so I can make this this week! Thanks for sharing the great recipe Alyssa! MCD is everywhere in Japan too. Haha you cannot get away from them.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - These look fabulous! Love that slaw!

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