Different kinds of Gimbap, Kimbap - Explanation
There are hundreds number of variations in gimbap. You can make your own gimbap by adding different ingredients, different seasoning or by making different sizes and shapes. If you come to Korea you can find gimbap very easily. You can find gimbap restaurants all around the corners and you can even find gimbap at 24 hours convenience stores. Here are the most popular styles of gimbap variations.
Tuna Gimbap 참치김밥
Tuna Gimbap is very popular gimbap in Korea. It’s made with Tuna salad but its Korean style of tuna salad. You can find Tuna gimbap either gimbap restaurants or convenience stores. We use seasoned tuna to make tuna gimbap and Tuna is usually mixed with mayonnaise so it’s really soft. We add perilla leaves when we make tuna gimbap. Tuna and perilla leaves are perfect combination.
Kimchi Gimbap 김치김밥
You can guess how to make kimchi gimbap by gimbap name. Kimchi is main ingredient for kimchi gimbap. We can enjoy classic gimbap with kimchi but if we put kimchi inside gimbap we don’t need any extra side dishes for gimbap. We normally use sour kimchi (Napa cabbage kimchi) for kimchi gimbap. Spicy and crunch kimchi can make gimbap much more tasty. You should squeeze all the over-fermented sour kimchi juice before using for gimbap.
Nude Gimbap 누드김밥
We called nude gimbap as inside out gimbap. Nude gimbap made with rice on the outside instead of the inside. And the gim is inside. We think gim is kind of clothes or cover for gimbap. Any other ingredients are same as classic gimbap just the location of gim and rice is different. All we need to do is layer the bap (seasoned steamed rice) on the gimbal (bamboo gimbap roller, we put very clean plastic bag to gimbal to prevent rice stick to gimbal) and then place seaweed on top of it. The seaweed is then layered with the fillings and then rolled to make the Gimbap. It’s really pretty with classic gimbap so we make both classic gimbap and nude gimbap for beautiful lunch box.
Samgak (triangle) Gimbap 삼각김밥
Mostly you can find Samgak gimbap at convenience store in Korea. Kimbap made in the shape of a triangle that’s why we called it Samgak (triangle) Gimbap. Samgak Gimbap usually contains just only one filling like seasoned pork, tuna, Kimchi and so on. It’s perfect for someone who doesn’t have enough time for eating. You can just grab Samgak gimbap and go. Samgak gimbap is really good with ramen. I think ramen and Samgak gimbap is the perfect combination for convenience store meal in Korea.
Egg Gimbap 계란김밥
Egg gimbap can be another variation of classic gimbap. We can slice the classic gimbap and then lightly fried with an egg coating. So basically we can make egg gimbap with egg wrapped around the outside of seaweed. We normally need to finish gimbap within one day but if we can’t finish we keep gimbap on fridge. After that we need to make it warm again using pan fry, that time it is the perfect time to make egg gimbap.
Pork cutlet gimbap 돈까스 김밥
We can make Donkkaseu gimbap very easily with classic gimbap. We can just add one more ingredient, pork cutlet to classic gimbap. Voila! You can enjoy juicy and crunchy pork cutlet gimbap.
Chung-mu Gimbap 충무김밥
Chung-mu Gimbap is originally from the seaside city of Chung-mu (Currently Tongyeong city). It is really easy to make it. It is small sized gimbap rolls made with just seasoned rice and gim (Slightly-roasted dried seaweed). Surface of gimbap is usually left unseasoned. It is usually served with spicy side dishes such as seokbakji (radish kimchi) or ojingeo muchim (squid salad).
Petal Shape Gimbap 꽃 모양 김밥
Petal shape gimbap is the classic gimbap with a little bit of twist! Taste is same as classic gimbap but shape is much more beautiful than classic one. You don’t need to roll the gimbal (bamboo gimbap roller) when you make petal shape gimbap. We just need to fold the gimbal (bamboo gimbap roller) and press it down. We need to make sure ends of the seaweed have to meet. And then cut the gimbap with even size. You can see delicate and beautiful petal shape gimbap.