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20-Minute Vegan Korean TVP Bulgogi Lettuce Cups

vegan korean lettuce cups

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Bulgolgi is a traditional Korean dish of marinated beef that is sweet, salty, and nutty. When I was thinking about what to do with TVP or textured vegetable protein I figured that the Bulgogi marinade can be used for a TVP recipe.

And boy was I right! 

I paired this sweet and savory TVP Bulgogi with lettuce to make a light summer meal.

What is TVP?

TVP or textured vegetable protein is made from soy. This high protein meat alternative is very versatile. The key is to use a marinade or spice powder that the TVP will soak up. It looks like dried crumbles and once it is cooked the texture of TVP is similar to ground meat.

TVP is available in supermarkets, specialty health food stores, and online. The most common brand in stores is Bob’s Red Mill and a bag costs around six dollars. The nice thing is that one bag can be used to make multiple meals so it also makes it a more affordable option for plant-based protein.