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Top 5 Gimbap Recipes

Gimbap is a dish that is best enjoyed during outdoor activities such as picnics and camps. They are easy to make, pack and consume. Gimbap is also healthy, versatile and a staple food for Koreans.

Back in years Gimbap was a very simple dish made by wrapping steamed rice in seaweed. However, with time Koreans have experimented with this humble recipe and given it different shapes, sizes and stuffing’s.

Gimbap is popularly known as Korean sushi. However, the steamed rice used to make Korean sushi/gimbap is flavoured with sesame oil unlike the Japanese who season it with rice vinegar.

Here are the top 5 Gimbap recipes that are a must try:

Classic Gimbap

The classic Gimbap comprises of steamed short rice grains, egg omelette strips, fish cakes, fresh vegetables such as carrot and julienned radish along with sesame oil and seeds. The seaweed sheets are laid on the bamboo mat and all the ingredients are placed on it in layers and rolled.

Classic Gimbap - Top 5 Gimbap Recipes

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Petal Shape Gimbap

This is the classic Gimbap with a twist! Quite literally. The shape of the Gimbap is that of a petal. It is much easier than rolling the Gimbap and is a great option for first timers.

Once the seaweed has been laid and the fillings added, you need just fold the bamboo mat (instead of rolling it) and press it down, ensuring that the ends of the seaweed meet. Gently press the mat along the edges of the seaweed till the Gimbap starts to hold shape. Now cut the Gimbap into even sizes and enjoy the petal-shaped delicacy.

Petal Gimbap - Top 5 Gimbap Recipes

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Tuna Gimbap

Although being a relatively new recipe, the tuna Gimbap is gaining popularity amongst the Australian and Korean masses. Fresh tuna fish along with mayonnaise and perilla leaves is a hit combination and works wonders in terms of flavours! This is also an excellent finger food idea for your party

The perilla leaves are places above the rice, and the fish and mayo are layered on top the leave. This avoids the rice from getting soggy and also helps hold the shape of the Gimbap.

Mini Mayak Gimbap

These mini versions of the classic Kimbap are so small, cute and attractive that they are popular hit among Koreans.. Mayak Gimbap literally means ‘narcotic Gimbap’, as they look like cigarettes. Their small size makes them an easy, tasty snack as they’re eaten without being cut.

Mayak Gimbap - Top 5 Gimbap Recipes

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Nude Gimbap

The fact that the rice is seen outside while the seaweed lies inside is why this dish is called the nude Gimbap. The Nude Gimbap proves just how easy and versatile this dish is. All you needs to do is layer the seasoned steamed rice on the bamboo mat and then place seaweed on top of it. The seaweed is then layered with the fillings and then rolled to make the Gimbap.  it is obvious that the Koreans have experimented extensively with this dish.

Gimbap is a must try delicacy. Go ahead and experiment with your own variation of Gimbap and embark on an exotic Korean experiment.

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