In Korea, Gimbap is a very popular and quick snack. It is inexpensive to buy at a shop, but I wanted to try to make it on my own. Since I got a rice cooker several months ago, I have been making gimbap. I am not a professional, but I am getting better!
The first step is to cook the rice and prepare the filling. For this gimbap I will use a combination of egg, pepper, carrot, ham, crab, onion, and a leafy green like bok choy. You will also need a bamboo rolling mat.
Next, prepare your seaweed.
Put a decent amount of rice on the seaweed.
Spread the rice to cover 2/3 of the seaweed.
If you use a leaf filling, put it down first. (sesame leaf is really good to use)
If you can, add pickled radish. This has a semi sweet flavor.
Add carrot. I usually stack the fillings as evenly as possible about an inch from one end.
Add egg strips.
Pepper and onion.
Next, carefully roll up the gimbap starting from the end with the ingredients.
I usually give the gimbap a little squeeze to make sure everything is packed tight.
Next, Unroll the gimbap from the bamboo and start cutting. It helps to keep your knife a bit wet so the rice doesn’t stick.
There you have it! Gimbap is easy. You can either eat it plain, or dip it in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and chili pepper powder. In Korea it is easy to find ready ingredients for gimbap in any of the grocery stores.
If you go to a gimbap shop you can try several different varieties of gimbap including original, tuna, cheese, kimchi, and one that has everything in it. It is a pretty healthy snack, especially if you are in a hurry!