Mu Shu Mini Tacos

 
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There is an undeniable obsession occurring in my life at the moment, and it involves consuming any and all foods in taco form. I fully understand I am not alone in this endeavor. The trend was set a few years back from the street trucks of Los Angeles. and has spread with fury across every major town in America. And, actually, even small towns too.

There’s just something very simple and satisfying about holding your meal within the folds of the humble tortilla. And, when you fuse that taco with one of my all time favorite Chinese food dishes, it gets even better…behold the Mu Shu Taco! (Oh, and I like things in small bites so these tacos are getting mini treatment).
 

This isn’t your traditional Mu Shu, though. While it combines some of those familiar flavors you’re used to, like mushroom and cabbage, it reworks them a bit. The cabbage gets a light pan fry and will make a later appearance topping the taco. And those mushrooms get a nice caramelization before they get mixed into the taco filling.

 
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The best thing mu shu has going for it, of course, is that unique flavor of hoisin. It’s typically spread in a light layer on your mu shu pancake, but, in these tacos, hoisin is the shining star and literally smacks you in the face…in a good way.

 
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And let’s not forget the egg. Egg is such a prominent, yet surprising, ingredient in so many Chinese dishes. For this dish, the egg is cooked in a flat layer, and, if you can believe it, it gets rolled up and sliced! Who knew eggs could do such things? But, when  I was researching different mu shu recipes, I found this to be a very common technique. (Filing that one away for future use).

 
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I find that flour tortillas are best for these tacos, but feel free to try corn, if you prefer. I had a hard time finding small flour tortillas so I bought humongous 13″ tortillas and used a 5″ biscuit ring to get about 5 smaller mini tortillas from each huge tortilla.

 
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Mu Shu Mini Tacos
 
You’ll need:
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 head napa cabbage
  • 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 scallions, green parts only
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 small flour tortillas
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 whole eggs
      for the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, grated with a zester
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
To prepare:
  1. Start by preparing the sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients, whisk together, and set aside.
  2. Cut the head of cabbage into very thin shreds. For the mushrooms, remove the stems, and cut the caps into thin strips. Thinly slice the scallions. Set aside.
  3. Prep the pork tenderloin by slicing into very thin shreds (about 1/4″ x 1″). Place in bowl, and set aside.
  4. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 1 tablespoon oil, then quickly fry the cabbage for 1 minute or less to very slightly wilt. Remove from pan. Add another tablespoon of oil, and add the mushrooms. Do not stir until the mushrooms have developed a deep caramelization. Then flip over, and continue cooking till caramelized on the other side. Remove from pan, and wipe out any remaining bits with a paper towel.
  5. Return the pan to the heat. While the pan is warming, add the cornstarch to the pork, and toss to coat thoroughly. Season with salt & pepper.
  6. When the pan is hot again, add 2 tablespoons oil, and then add the meat. Fry until golden brown and caramelized on all sides, about 5-6 minutes. When the meat is cooked through, pour in the sauce. Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen up the crusty bits. Continue cooking at a light boil, until the sauce has thickened and the consistency is goopy.
  7. While the meat is cooking, heat a medium pan over medium-low heat. Whisk the eggs. When the pan is warm, add 1 tablespoon oil and then pour in the eggs. Cook at a low temp until the eggs have cooked in one thin layer. Once cooked through, flip the egg disk onto a cutting board. Allow to cool slightly, then roll and cut into thin strips.
  8. Once the meat mixture has cooled slightly, add in the cooked mushrooms and egg.
  9. To prepare the tacos, heat the tortillas in a warm pan. Place a generous scoop of the meat filling on each tortilla, top with the cabbage, and garnish with the scallions.
Makes 12 tacos.
I like mine with a little heat!
 
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Bio-Pic-melissaMelissa is the blogger behind Serving Seconds, a food blog dedicated to the yummy and the beautiful. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her wandering the aisles of the craft store, instagramming at the dinner table, or exploring every foodie nook she can find in her beloved city of San Francisco. She’s got a penchant for anything mini, modernized comfort food, and stellar hospitality. In her “Setting the Table” series, Melissa will share unique and creative ways to add a little fun to your table and make your guests feel extra special. From a weeknight dinner to a girls’ night in, there’s always a reason for theme parties, signature cocktails, and gathering with friends.
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Comments

  1. I didn’t even know I was in the mu shu until this post! And, being a Californian myself, I put everything into a little corn tortilla and call it a taco. This sounds like this weekend’s taco venture to me!

  2. Ever since I was little, tacos have been my favourite food. As an adult, I absolutely LOVE exploring all of the different ingredients that can be stuffed in those tasty flour tortillas. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s definitely one I’ll be trying!

    -Shannon

  3. Great recipe. Oh yes, tacos are just addictive …! 🙂

  4. Doesn’t say how many eggs anywhere!

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