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Kimchi Quesadilla

Recipe from: Coma Food Truck

In Vancouver, the COMA food truck provides narcoleptic nourishment with a fusion of Korean, Mexican, and American cuisines.

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2 heads Napa cabbage
100 grams sweet rice flour
50 milliliters water
20 grams fish sauce
2 onions, julienned
200 grams garlic, minced
25 grams ginger, minced
1 Asian pear, peeled and cored
150 grams chili pepper (a.k.a. "Kochugaru")
25 grams sugar
1 Daikon radish, julienned
2 carrots, julienned
1 leek, finely sliced
2 green onions, finely sliced
225 grams tomatillos
450 grams plum tomatoes
200 grams Kochujang
300 milliliters Kimchi juice
3 onions
Salt to taste
50 grams sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano, dried
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
1/2 bell pepper, julienned
1/2 onions, julienned
50 grams corn
100 milliliters sesame oil
Pepper to taste
50 grams tofu crumbles, sautéed with salt, pepper, sesame oil
150 grams cheddar jack cheese
5 12-inch round tortillas

Cut cabbages in half. Submerge in a bowl of salt water, using approximately 1/4 cup of salt per liter of water. Soak for 30-60 minutes, until cabbage loosens.

Rub salt on the cabbage leaf by leaf, salting the outer layers less than the inner layers. Rinse cabbage with water and squeeze water off from cabbage.

Combine sweet rice flour and 50 milliliters of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil, whisking vigorously. When finished, the texture should be like glue. Leave to cool to room temperature.

In a food processor, puree the fish sauce, onion, garlic, ginger, and pear. Add chili pepper and sugar. Add the sweet rice flour mixture.

Mix the radish, carrots, leek, and green onions into the mixture. Stuff into the loosened cabbage. Place in an airtight container, and ferment at room temperature for three days (or 5 days if the weather is cold). This is your Kimchi.

Roast the tomatillos and tomatoes. Add the Kochujang, Kimchi juice, and onions. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the onions are tender.

Strain, preserving the liquids. Puree the solids, adding the preserved liquid if they are too thick. Season with salt and add the sesame seeds. This is your Salsa Roja.

Mix the remaining spices: paprika, cayenne, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin. Sauté the bell pepper, onions, and corn with the spice mixture.

Sauté the tofu with salt, pepper and the sesame oil until lightly browned.

To assemble: Lay out the tortillas. Cover half of the tortilla with half of the cheddar cheese, vegetables, tofu, and Kimchi. Top with the remaining cheddar. Fold the tortillas in half.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet on high until just smoking. Add a tortilla, and reduce heat to medium-low. Flip once the cheese begins to melt. Bring the heat up to high for 20 seconds, then return the heat to medium-low and let the tortilla sit for one more minute. Repeat for the remaining tortillas.

Garnish with Salsa Roja and sesame seeds.

Yield: 5 servings