These will Make You Re-Think Tacos: Korean Tacos Wrapped in Fried Seaweed

By Mikka Wee/November 16, 2012

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These delicate Nori Tacos are probably one of those things I could devour in one bite without caring about looking like a famished fatty. In a country where Japanese restaurants of all names and sizes abound, I have yet to stumble upon one that serves these.

What’s special about these Japanese tacos is that it uses kimchi rice instead of burrito rice, yakiniku beef instead of ground, and tempura-battered Nori instead of the traditional taco shell.  And if you’re a true pig like I am, a generous squiggle of Japanese mayonnaise on top of these Nori Tacos is mandatory.

Korean Tacos Wrapped in Fried Seaweed

Total Time: 30 minutes / Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients for the Kimchi Rice

  • 1/4 cup chopped bottled kimchi
  • 1 cup cooked Japanese rice

Ingredients for the Beef Yakiniku

  • 1 cup sukiyaki beef
  • 2-3 tbsp bottled yakiniku sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp cooking oil

Ingredients for the Nori Taco Shells

  • 2 pcs nori sheets, cut into 4
  • Tempura flour mix
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Heat oil over medium flame.
  2. While waiting for the oil, prepare tempura batter as directed on package.
  3. Dip one piece of nori in batter and fry.
  4. After 5 seconds from dropping into oil, form the nori into a basket while still frying.
  5. Hold this position until batter hardens while frying.
  6. This will take around 40-60 seconds.
  7. Fry for another 1-2 minutes or until cooked and crisp but not browned.
  8. Drain in paper towels.
  9. Repeat with the rest of the nori.


  1. Fill nori shell with kimchi rice.
  2. Top with beef.
  3. Repeat with the rest.
  4. Serve immediately.


  1. Tempura Flour Mix is available in leading groceries.
  2. Tip: Making perfect baskets/ shells takes a while, so be patient; it’s worth it.

Mikka Wee

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Mikka Wee is a happy little hobbit who loves to eat, but is allergic to exercise. Armed with a heart for travel, she likes to go on random adventures and book spontaneous flights. If she's not hunting for the next seat sale, Mikka likes to read, write in her blog, cuddle with her dog Rocket, and make sandcastles on the beach. See More.

  • ynakinskywalker

    they look so good.. I can almost feel them on my mouth.

  • Thanis Lim

    An interesting concept – but I guess the most challenging part would be shaping the nori in the frying oil to make good taco shapes. A very good fusion idea :)

  • eater

    this nori taco shell concept was featured by romy dorotan of purple feet fame in a food event a couple weeks back.

  • eunice chan

    yum yum! this is making me really hungry. wanna try this myself