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Gimbap | Korean ‘Sushi’ Rolls 🇰🇷

Have you ever watched a K-drama that had you craving Korean food so bad? Well, that’s me, pretty much all the time actually.

One of my biggest k-food craving is gimbap, its Korea’s answer to Japan’s glorious sushi rolls.

The best thing about gimbap is that it’s so versatile and the only limit to your fillings is your imagination. For this gimbap, I used up the leftovers of my bibimbap ingredients so it was a speedy snack to make.

🕒 30 mins

👤 3-4 people

  • 2 cups cooked short-grain rice

  • 2tbsp sesame oil

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 sugar


  • 2 cups spinach

  • 2 medium carrots – julienned

  • 1⁄2 cucumber – julienned

  • 11⁄2 cup bean sprout

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • Pickled radish – julienned

  • Spam (or meat of choice)

  • Imitation crab meat

  • Plaint egg omelette - cut into thin strips

  • Kimchi


  • Nori sheets

  • Sesame seeds

  1. Rice: Cook your rice, the way you normally would. Once cooked, season with sesame oil, salt and sugar.

  2. Carrots: In a pan, sauté your julienned carrots in medium heat with a 1 tbsp of gochujang and 1 tbsp sesame oil. Set aside

  3. Cucumber: In a bowl, season your julienned cucumber with 1⁄2 tbsp sugar, salt to taste, 1 tbsp sesame oil, a splash of rice vinegar and toasted sesame seeds and combine evenly. We prefer to use cucumbers than courgettes because it adds a nice freshness to the dish!

  4. Spinach: Sauté in a pan for 3 mins with 1 clove of minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste and 1 tbsp sesame oil

  5. Kimchi: Cut your kimchi into small bite size pieces

To assemble your gimbap:

  1. Place your nori sheets on a bamboo roller and evenly spread 1/3 cup of rice on the sheet.

  2. Fill with your toppings and tightly roll using the bamboo roller

  3. Before slicing, evenly coat each gimbap with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds

  4. Slice into 6-8 pieces, serve and enjoy!

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