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Kimbap Recipe | Korean Bapsang

Kimbap is Korea’s hottest on-the-go meal! Learn to make a traditional model at dwelling with this recipe with a step-by-step information!

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What’s kimbap?

Kimbap (or gimbap, 김밥) is a Korean seaweed rice roll stuffed with quite a lot of scrumptious fillings. Gim (김) is a dried seaweed, and bap is rice. With varied fillings, these rice rolls have an attention-grabbing mixture of textures and flavors. 

All of us grew up on these rice rolls. Our college subject journeys, out of doors actions, and household street journeys wouldn’t have been full with out them! At this time, kimbap is the preferred grab-and-go meal in Korea. You’ll be able to virtually discover it in every single place with so many variations.

The most effective one for me, nevertheless, is the traditional kimbap my mom used to make for us on our subject journey/picnic days. I like making these rice rolls at dwelling. It takes a while to organize particular person fillings and rolling takes some apply, however the course of is simple and enjoyable.

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Kimbap elements

Gim, rice, and a few fillings are the three parts of seaweed rice rolls. Whereas kimbap fillings are extremely versatile with infinite choices, I’ve included the traditional elements on this recipe:

  1. gim, 김 (dried seaweed, aka nori)
  2. rice (quick/medium grain rice)
  3. danmuji, 단무지 (pickled radish) – usually yellow however I like white ones with out meals coloring if accessible
  4. beef – any tender reduce of beef, bulgogi meat, or floor beef
  5. eomuk, 어묵 (fish cake)
  6. eggs
  7. carrots
  8. spinach – cucumber is an effective substitute. See my Vegan Kimbap for making ready cucumbers. 
  9. burdock root (우엉) – You’ll be able to normally discover packages of burdock root pre-prepared for kimbap normally subsequent to pickled radishes (danmuji). Or, you may make your personal, utilizing my recipe.

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You’ll be able to alter the quantity and the quantity of the filling elements to your liking. Omit any ingredient(s) you don’t need or have, and/or add any elements you want.

Gim (dried seaweed)

You could find seaweed sheets made for kimbap (or sushi) at Korean/Asian markets or on-line. They’re barely thick to carry the rice and all of the fillings and flippantly roasted.

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Rice for kimbap

You’ll want quick grain rice. For more healthy choices, I typically combine in some brown rice or multigrain rice. Prepare dinner the rice barely drier than regular through the use of rather less water. Then, flippantly season it with sesame oil and salt for a nutty and savory observe Korean kimbap is thought for. 

Every roll takes about 3/4 to 1 cup of cooked rice. For this recipe, I used 1.5 cups of uncooked rice for 4 rolls. In case you cook dinner 2 cups of rice, you may make 5 or 6 rolls. 

Making ready filling elements

Whereas it takes a while to organize the filling elements, the method is easy. Calmly season every ingredient as all of the elements, together with the rice, shall be seasoned. Picked radish and burdock roots are particularly salty. 

For vegan kimbap, omit beef, fish cake and eggs and add extra greens, tofu, and so on. Additionally see my Vegan Kimbap

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Variation – Woo Younger Woo Kimbap

Woo Younger Woo kimbap gained reputation on social media because of the Netflix Korean drama – Extraordinary Lawyer Woo (summer time 2022). Woo is a superb lawyer with an autism spectrum dysfunction. She loves and eats kimbap for each meal. She says kimbap is trustable. There are not any surprises in texture and style as she will be able to see all of the elements at a look.

So, what’s in Woo Younger Woo kimbap? Ham, crab sticks, fish cake (eomuk), braised burdock root (ueong jorim), egg, spinach, and carrot. No beef! These are all quite common kimbap elements. You’ll be able to simply do that at dwelling by omitting the meat from this recipe and including some Korean ham (pan-fried) and crab sticks (imitation crabmeat). 

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Rolling kimbap

How onerous is the rolling course of? It takes some apply, however it’s a lot simpler together with your second roll. Roll it tightly by placing agency, even strain together with your arms all around the roll. Begin with a small quantity of every filling if that is your first time. 

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Ideas for making kimbap

  1. Freshly cooked rice is finest for making kimbap. Preserve it heat till prepared to make use of. 
  2. Season the rice after all of the filling elements are prepared. Combine the rice with sesame oil and salt whereas the rice continues to be sizzling/heat.
  3. Preserve the filling elements as dry as doable by eradicating extra water. 
  4. Calmly season every filling ingredient. Pickled radish and burdock roots are salty. 
  5. Moist your fingers with water or sesame oil earlier than spreading the rice onto the seaweed to stop the rice from sticking to your arms. It helps to have a small bowl with water/sesame oil subsequent to your rolling-station. 
  6. Use a pointy knife for chopping your rolls. Make a clear slicing movement and make the complete slice in a single go. Clear the knife with a moist kitchen towel between cuttings as vital. 
  7. Retailer the sliced gimbap in an hermetic container. Gimbap is finest eaten on the day it’s made, however you may hold it within the fridge and reheat both within the microwave or in a pan. Generally, we dip refrigerated gimbap in egg batter and pan fry. A scrumptious method to revive gimbap!


Extra kimbap recipes

Tofu gimbap – vegan gimbap
Mini gimbap (Mayak gimbap)
Tuna gimbap
Folded gimbap
Myulchu gimbap

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Kimbap (Seaweed rice rolls)

Fundamental Course, Snack

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 20 minutes

Whole Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 4

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  • Prepare dinner the rice utilizing rather less water than normal. (Freshly cooked rice is finest for gimbap.) Preserve it heat till all of the filling elements are prepared.

  • Minimize the meat into skinny strips (about 1/2-inch thick). Combine nicely with the subsequent 5 seasoning elements. Put aside.

  • Carry a big pot of water to a boil over excessive warmth and put together a chilly water tub. Blanch the spinach, place instantly in chilly water, then squeeze out extra water. Season with the sesame oil and salt.

  • Crack and beat the eggs, in a bowl with a spoon or a fork. Stir in a pinch of salt. Warmth a small non-stick pan over medium-low warmth. Add the eggs to the pan. When the underside is about however the prime continues to be runny, flip it over 1/3 approach and once more to make a thick omelette. Switch to a chopping board and let it cool. Minimize lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips. (You can also make a skinny, spherical egg omelette and use 2 items per every roll, if it is simpler for you.)

  • Julienne the carrots. Warmth a flippantly oiled pan over medium-high warmth. Stir-fry the carrots till softened. Calmly season with a pinch of salt. Switch to a plate.

  • Minimize the fish cake lengthwise into about 3/4-inch thick strips. Warmth the pan with cooking oil (about 1 teaspoon) over medium warmth. Stir fry the fish cake with the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil till softened, about 2 minutes.

  • Stir-fry the meat over medium-high warmth till cooked by way of, 2 – 3 minutes.

  • Organize all of the elements collectively on a plate.

  • Whereas the rice continues to be sizzling/heat, add the sesame oil and salt. Combine nicely by flippantly folding with a rice paddle or giant spoon till evenly seasoned. Add extra salt to style if wanted.

  • Put a seaweed sheet, shiny facet down and longer facet in direction of you, on a chopping board or a bamboo mat if accessible. Unfold about 3/4 cup to 1 cup of rice evenly over the seaweed, utilizing a rice paddle or your fingers ideally. Go away about 1.5 inch area on the prime.

  • Lay the ready elements on prime of the rice, leaving some uncovered rice on the prime for sealing.

  • Carry your complete backside edge with each arms and roll over the filling away from you, tucking within the filling together with your fingers. Put agency strain over the roll with the assistance of the bamboo mat (or aluminium foil), if utilizing, to shut every little thing in tightly. Then, proceed to roll once more, placing strain evenly over the roll utilizing each arms.
  • Rub or brush the roll with somewhat little bit of sesame oil for additional taste and glossy look. Apply somewhat little bit of sesame oil to a pointy knife. (This may hold rice from sticking to the knife. Repeat as vital after every reduce. Wipe the knife with a moist towel as wanted.) Minimize the roll into 1/2-inch thick chew sizes.

This gimbap recipe was initially posted in Could 2012. I’ve up to date it right here with extra info, new pictures and minor modifications to the recipe.



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