Gourmet Live and BlogHer L.A. Recipe: Roy Choi's Kimchi Quesadillas

5 years ago
Kimchi Quesadillas
Recipe adapted from Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ-To-Go, Los Angeles, on Gourmet
Photo by Romulo Yanes / Gourmet
Serves 4 (snack)
  • Active time: 20 min
  • Start to finish: 20 min

Roy Choi approaches food like a graffiti artist: "I just want to put it out there and be gone before anyone knows I spray-painted on the wall." So if you've been following Kogi BBQ-To-Go tweets but haven't been in Los Angeles to find the truck, these fusion quesadillas should satisfy your cravings.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups cabbage kimchi, drained and chopped
  • 8 fresh perilla or shiso leaves
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 cups coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (6 oz)
  • 2 cups coarsely grated Monterey Jack (6 oz)
  • Vegetable oil for brushing
INSTRUCTIONS:

Melt butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then cook kimchi, stirring occasionally, until edges are golden, about 6 minutes. Cool kimchi.

Place 2 perilla leaves over one half of each tortilla and top with one fourth of kimchi, 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, and 1/2 cup of each cheese. Fold in half to enclose filling.

Brush a 12-inch nonstick skillet or 2-burner nonstick griddle with oil and heat over medium heat until it just begins to smoke, then cook quesadillas, turning once, until golden and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes total. Serve immediately.

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