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Gimbap (김밥)
A dietary staple, Gimbap is the go-to food for anyone on the move. Traditionally, ingredients such as vegetables, egg, meat and/or crab with rice are wrapped in a layer of seaweed and cut into slices. That said, nowadays anything goes and newer fillings can include cheese, tuna and sausage! Think of it as the Korean equivalent of a sandwich - it can be modified to suit every taste, diet and occasion. Gimbap is generally sold by street vendors or by corner shops but can also be found for 2-4000won in Korean restaurants.
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@Aero2042 I swear everyone who has been to Korea has done that at some point! How long were you in Korea for?
@shannawi hmmm....gimbap appears to be quite similar to Japanese futomaki sushi rolls but there are quite a few differences. Firstly, the rice is different. In Japanese sushi, the rice is vinegared whereas the rice is gimbap is traditionally seasoned with sesame oil. Second, the seaweed sheet. In Japanese sushi, this is kept plain but in Korean gimbap, it is normally brushed with sesame oil. Thirdly, the contents. Japanese futomaki rolls normally contain raw fish so should be eaten straight away. In contrast, the Korean gimbap contains vegetables (cucumber, radish, spinach) and normally a meat/fish (ham, imitation crab) and egg - this means that it can keep for longer i.e you could make it this morning and eat it tomorrow night but you couldn't do that with sushi. I hope this helps!
@shannawi no problem - sorry it was so long! If you have any other questions, just let me know