Are you all fond of Sushi? Well it definitely is an exotic food and we all look for the first opportunity we can get to either try it or enjoy it. Generally people feel that sushi is only from Japan but sushi is a main dish from Korea too and today we are talking about Korean Sushi and its called Gimbop or Gimbap. In Korean language Gim means sheets of dried seaweed and Bop or Bap means cooked rice.
Gimbop is considered one of the most popular and nutritious Korean meal. It consists of rice and strips of vegetables, egg, and meat, rolled in laver (dried seaweed) and then sliced. This is a popular snack or lunch that can be made with infinite variety of ingredients using different kinds of meat and/or vegetables. Popular ones include bulgogi, spinach,pickled radish, and eggs.
At first glance, gimbop often resembles a Japanese maki or a sushi roll. However, there are a few differences between the Japanese sushi roll and the Korean-style gimbop. The main difference is that Japanese sushi rolls are rather minimal in ingredients. Sushi rolls usually consists of just tuna or salmon within the roll whereas gimbop contains a variety of ingredients as mentioned earlier. Also, while the Japanese use raw fish (sashmi) in their sushi rolls, Korean gimbop do not contain any raw fish. Lastly, Japanese sushi is often dipped in wasabi while gimbop usually has sesame oil.
Spinach – 1 bunch (steamed)
Carrots – 2 (cut in long thin strips)
Yellow pickled radish – 1 (cut in long thin strips)
Vinegar -2 tbsp
Sugar -1 tbsp
Thick sliced ham – 1 piece (cut in long thin strips and fried)
Egg 1 (fried like omelet and cut in long thin strips)
Cooked rice – 3 cups (sushi rice)
Sesame seeds -1 tbsp
Sesame oil – 1 teaspoon
Roasted seaweed sheets – 1 pack
- Stir fry carrots with salt & pepper.
- Mix radish with vinegar and sugar.
- Mix rice with sesame seeds and sesame oil.
- Place one seaweed sheet on a bamboo sheet, put rice on half of the sheet and add 2 pieces of spinach, 1 carrot strip, 1 radish strip, 1 ham strip & 1 egg strip on top of rice. Roll in a log and squeeze tight. Use some rice to stick the seaweed together to keep it rolled.
- Place a little sesame oil in your hands and rub it on the seaweed roll and put a little sesame oil on the knife too to cut the roll into round slices without sticking.
Note: Delicious Korean Sushi is ready to serve, in case you are a vegetarian, then you can use fresh green cucumber instead of ham & eggs. Bon Apatite!
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