Gimbap – Korean picnic food.

Gimbap is a simple Korean food that can be eaten in a short time.
Usually, Koreans prepare Gimbap when they go on a picnic.

The word Gimbap or Kimbap is the same word.
It’s just a pronunciation difference, but now it’s unified with Gimbap.

The meaning of Gimbap.

Gimbap refers to all dishes made by wrapping rice with seaweed.

Even if you wrap rice with dried seaweed, it’s Gimbap.
Even if you put rice and kimchi in seaweed and wrap it, it’s
Even if you wrap it with rice and other ingredients in seaweed, it’s Gimbap.
In other words, seaweed and rice are the basic ingredients, and the additional ingredients are the chef’s mind.


The origin of Gimbap.

Records of eating rice wrapped in seaweed were found in an old book in 1819.
In other words, it can be said that Koreans have eaten Gimbap for a long time.

The important point is that Gimbap in the present form must have been influenced by Japanese sushi rolls.
In particular, given that Danmuji(pickled radish) is always in Gimbap these days, the influence of Japan cannot be ignored.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Gimbap became a popular food as the seaweed aquaculture industry became successful and easily accessible.
And currently, Gimbap is becoming a type of snack rather than a meal.

The composition of Gimbap.

The composition of Gimbap.

Grilled seaweed without seasoning and rice seasoned with sesame oil are basic.
It contains ham, eggs, pickled radish, carrots, and burdock.
Spinach is good for green vegetables, but spinach goes bad quickly, so these days, green vegetables are excluded or replaced with chives.

The basic composition colors of Gimbap are black (seaweed), red (carrot), blue (spinach), and yellow (danmuji).

The above composition is the most basic Gimbap.
It is also called vegetable Gimbap or just Gimbap.
The cheapest place costs about 2,500 won and the most expensive place costs up to 4,000 won.

In this basic Gimbap,
If there’s pork cutlet in it, it’s pork cutlet Gimbap.
If there’s bulgogi, it’s bulgogi Gimbap.
If there’s beef in it, it’s beef Gimbap.
If therer’s canned tune it, it;s Tuna Gimbap.

There are so many kinds of Gimbap.


Something to be careful about Gimbap.

The ingredients of Gimbap are stir-fried and prepared.
Gimbap is not a food that can be stored for a long time.
Ingredients for Gimbap prepared early in the morning at restaurants that sell Gimbap may go bad during the day. Because of this, people often go to the hospital after eating Gimbap in the middle of summer.
In the hottest summer in Korea, it is recommended not to eat Gimbap if possible.

Gimbap is

Gimbap is a food composed of vegetables and can be said to be a healthy food.
It does not strain the digestive system and tastes good.
In particular, the combination of Korean seaweed and sesame oil guarantees a sufficient taste.
If you have visited Korea, I recommend you to try Gimbap.

As mentioned above, if you purchase Gimbap, you should eat it as soon as possible.
And rather than Gimbap sold at convenience stores, I hope you eat it at a restaurant that makes Gimbap right away.

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