Korean Cuisine Kimbap
Kimbap is a popular Korean dish made from steamed white rice and various other ingredients
Kimbap is a popular Korean dish made from steamed white rice and various other ingredients, rolled in gim (sheets of dried laver seaweed) and served in bite-size slices. Kimbap is often eaten during picnics or outdoor events, or as a light lunch, served with danmuji or kimchi. According to the Samguk Yusa(Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), ancient Koreans ate a wrapped food called bokssam, indicates that this is the origin of the dish.
The basic components of gimbap are rice, meat or other protein-rich ingredients, and a large variety of vegetables, pickled, roasted, or fresh. Traditionally, the rice is lightly seasoned with salt and sesame oil/perilla oil. Popular protein ingredients are fish cakes, imitation crab meat, eggs and/or seasoned beef rib-eye. Vegetables usually include cucumbers, spinach, carrots and danmuji (pickled radish). After the gimbap has been rolled and sliced, it is typically served with danmuji.
Kimbap was selected as one of the top 100 foods of Korea for foreigners. Canada's largest urban weekly, straight.com, spotlighted Kimbap in an article comparing it with sushi entitled "Korean Kimbap Rolls Out of Sushi's Shadow". The article ends with this comment: "No need for soy sauce, wasabi, or pickled ginger: kimbap stands alone. It's a star waiting to be discovered."
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