Kimbab (Gimbab)

Kimbap, also spelled gimbap, is a popular Korean dish that is similar to sushi. It is a type of rice roll that is typically filled with a variety of ingredients, such as seasoned rice, vegetables, eggs, meat or seafood, and then wrapped in dried seaweed. The dish is commonly served as a snack or a light meal, and it is a staple food in Korean cuisine.

Kimbap is often made by rolling rice and other ingredients onto a bamboo mat, which helps to create a tight, compact roll. Once the roll is complete, it is sliced into bite-sized pieces, which can be eaten on their own or with dipping sauces such as soy sauce or spicy gochujang sauce.

Kimbap is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. Vegetarian or vegan kimbap can be made by omitting meat or seafood, while gluten-free kimbap can be made by using tamari instead of soy sauce. The dish is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, and it is widely available in Korean restaurants and food markets around the world.

Here is a simple recipe for making Kimbap at home:


  • 4 cups of cooked short-grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 sheets of dried seaweed (nori)
  • 1/2 cup of pickled radish, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup of spinach, blanched and seasoned with sesame oil and salt
  • 5 slices of cooked ham, cut into strips
  • 5 eggs, beaten and cooked into thin omelets
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce


  1. In a large bowl, mix the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt into the cooked rice until well combined.
  2. Place a sheet of dried seaweed onto a bamboo sushi mat, shiny side down.
  3. Spread a thin layer of the seasoned rice over the seaweed, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
  4. Place a few strips of the pickled radish, carrots, spinach, ham, and egg in a line across the center of the rice.
  5. Roll the bamboo mat tightly, pressing down gently as you go to make sure the roll is compact and even.
  6. Brush the outside of the roll with a little sesame oil.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 with the remaining seaweed and ingredients until all of the rolls are made.
  8. Slice the rolls into bite-sized pieces with a sharp knife.

Serve with soy sauce for dipping.

Enjoy your homemade Kimbap!

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