Gimbap is Korea's most popular "fast food." It is enjoyed as a light lunch, snack, or anytime the need grabs you. Don't confuse gimbap with sushi rolls. Gimbap doesn't contain raw fish and can be made with whatever ingredients that you want, including vinegared rice, or not. Today, We made some regular style gimbap and my favorite: tuna gimbap (참치김밥).
Making gimbap is a time consuming affair. The longest part of making gimbap is setting up your gimbap station. Once you get prepped though, you'll find that it is no problem to crank out a ton of gimbap. Since the set-up takes so long and the rolling process goes so fast, people tend to make A LOT of gimbap when they decide that's what they're going to do. To help cut down on prep time, stores sell these "gimbap sets" that have everything you need to make ten rolls of basic gimbap. So we bought two.
|Although the ham is fully cooked, DumbTwo insisted on re-frying it.|
|This omelet is one layer, and THICK cook on one side on low then flip the whole thing over to the other side when you can to finish cooking it. When finished cut it into strips. We made two omelets cut into twelve strips each.|
|Alright, here you can see our fillers are set up and ready to go.|
|And here is the complete station.|
|Lay out your seaweed rough side up. The dull sheen side goes down.|
|Add a thin later or rice to the sheet. leave a little space at the top so that your roll isn't too big, and put a little rice at the very top to hold the whole thing together when it's rolled.|
|Add your fillers.|
|Roll the gimbap once by hand.|
|Then use your bamboo gimbap mat to get a nice, tight, final roll. Use the same motion that you would use when rolling up a newspaper.|
You'll also want to dab a little water along the seam where the gimbap was rolled, this will prevent the seaweed from drying out there and serve to hold the gimbap together. I actually took a video of this but I can't get it to upload. Sad face. If you don't have a gimbap mat then it's okay, you'll just have to take extra care when rolling your gimbap by hand.