Vegan Bulgogi Sliders
Jackfruit marinated in Korean Bulgogi Sauce served on Lotus Leaf Buns.
Summer reminds us of barbecues, grills, camping, and easy quick meals. Seriously, who wants to slave away at the stove when there is so much to do while the sun is out and everyone is out to play enjoying the warm summer months.
When our friends introduced us to their foods following a Vegan diet, we realized how hard it was to find good foods and options that would allow them to uphold their values and continue to enjoy foods.
This recipe is an adaptation of a friend's vegan crockpot pulled pork recipe, that is easy and virtually effortless. Flavorful Vegan options are hard to come by. There is no real replacement or imitation of the real thing, but that doesn't mean that there has to be a sacrifice in flavors and textures. We just have to be a little bit more creative.
Jackfruit is a popular meat substitute for Vegans and Vegetarians today, because it has the ability to mimic the textures of pork. At least visually that is. Using Jackfruit in Water and Korean Barbecue sauces, we've recreated a way to eat pulled pork that is so refreshing and easy, the crowds will love you. Shhh, you don't have to tell them it was that easy.
We use Korean Bulgogi Sauce instead of the traditional store bought barbecue sauces to recreate this dish. What is Bulgogi? Bulgogi is the famous Korean Barbecue of thin cut meats so flavorful that Korean Restaurants serve it as their main dish.
Pea Sprouts are the tiny pea shoots when peas first sprout. It gives an amazing finalizing touch that adds so much to this recipe. Imagine the sweetness of snow peas and crunch of fresh veggies. We usually have this in our refrigerator section.
Lotus leaf buns are in our freezer section. We like to use the small ones. This is the little bun that has been popularized by Japanese Ramen joints. Traditionally, it is the bun used to eat Peking Duck. If you cannot find Lotus Leaf Buns, you can try using hamburger buns, but there is really no substitution that really brings everything together so well.
So are you ready to eat?
Let's bring together the flavors.
You will need:
2 cans 20oz Jackfruit in Water
1 cup Korean BBQ Bulgogi sauce
1 can 20oz Pineapple Rounds
Lotus leaf buns
Roasted Sesame Seeds
So are you dreaming? Yup, the ingredients are really that simple.
Drain the water from the jackfruit and rinse three times with water.
Add the jackfruit to your crockpot with one cup Bulgogi sauce. Mix well and cook on High for 2 hours or Low for 4 hours.
Note: When making this use a crockpot/slow cooker. You can cook this on the stovetop if you don't have a crockpot. It usually takes 5-10 min for the jackfruit to cook throughly. An indication that the jackfruit is cooked is when it is easily shreddable with a fork to imitate the look of real pork.
Steam cook your lotus buns or cook them in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Save this step closer to the last phase of your cooking process so your buns are fresh and warm.
Shred your jackfruit. With two forks slowly pull the jackfruit in opposite directions and it will fall apart, resembling pulled pork or chicken.
Assemble your sliders
Place cooked jackfruit in the steamed lotus buns. Be careful to not overload with jackfruit so you can add more to your bun filling. Add a slice of pineapple to each Lotus Leaf Bun. Add a pea sprouts and sprinkle sesame seeds for your last finalizing touch.
Voila! You are done! Now how easy was that? So delicious and healthy for you, you won't miss the meat!!!