Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kimbap - Korean Style Rice Rolls - (김밥)

There are many ways to make kimbap and you can pretty much put whatever you want into them. Tuna, kimchi, beef, etc. This is my version of kimbap and it's always a hit in our household.

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First gather your ingredients. Here I have dan-moo-ji (which is precut for kimbap use), sushi nori (gim), fish cakes, imitation crab, spinach (I cheated and got store-made), carrots, pickles...

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Get some type of seasoned beef and slice it up thin - again I cheated by using pre-marinaded galbi from the store. You can use boolgogi or even ground beef marinaded lightly in soysauce and sugar.

And lastly some fried eggs and slice it up thinly like so. The key to frying an egg like this is using LOW heat. Just pour the egg onto the frying pan on low heat and leave it there until it's firm and easy to flip over.

Begin by using a mandolin to thinly slice your cucumber.

Do the same with your carrots and lightly sautee it with some sesame oil.

Lightly heat your fishcakes on a frying pan and slice it up thin also.

Eventually you will have your ingredients ready like this...

Get as much rice as you want to use and season it with some sesame oil and sesame seeds and let it cool down to room temperature. You don't want the rice o be hot or else it will just crumple the gim.

After the rice and all the other ingredients have cooled down, create a work station like this...

Start by placing your gim on a sushi roller.

Spread the rice out as thinly and evenly as possible. Leave a little room at the bottom without rice because this makes wrapping it a lot easier.

Add whatever ingredients you have towards the bottom like this.

The MR was kind enough to take a picture from the other side of me wrapping up the gimbap. Fold the empty part over everything as tightly as possible and use the roller to roll up it tightly.

Use your roller to make the roll firm.

When you're done rolling set aside and continue until you run out of ingredients.

I ended up making A LOT of gimbap today. This isn't even all of it because both the MR and Munchkin were eating as I was making it so they probably ate at least 5 rolls amongst the two of them. LOL.

Take a sharp knife and cut it up like this.

You're now ready to serve!!!

I ended up with tupperwares full of kimbap. I'm going to drop some off to my parents at work tomorrow!


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