Kimbap is a traditional Korean dish made from cooked rice and a variation of ingredients that are rolled in kim – dried sheets of seaweed. Every mom has some variation of it and really, the ingredients can be anything you wish! My mom makes the best ones with Korean marinated beef, carrots, egg, pickled radish and spinach. I also really enjoy ones filled with tuna and stay away from the ones where anchovies are the highlight.
It is the iconic packed lunch for kids going on field trips or for a picnic at the lake. We’ve also made it for our hikes and camping trips because the bite sized pieces make it really easy! And then sometimes, you just try to fill it with whatever you have left over in your fridge, just because.
Either way, preparing food is definitely a sign of love and care. Similar to this sandwich recipe, Newlyweds Diary was a TV show which followed TV star newlyweds Ku Hye-Sun and Ahn Jae-Hyun. In one endearing episode, Ahn Jae-Hyun needs to leave home for a 2 day business trip and before he leaves, in the early morning he gets up to make kimbap for his wife so she has something to eat while he’s out! This kimbap uses kimchi because he has no pickled radish on hand and doesn’t use as many ingredients as the traditional kimbaps but it’s simple, easy and delicious! If you’re often stocked with the standard Korean seasonings then you should find most of these ingredients at home! And if you don’t, just substitute whatever is in your fridge.
“I had told him I wanted gimbap”