Korean Kim Bap Recipe

Korean Kim Bap


  • 2 Cups of Short Grain Rice
  • 3 Sheets of Roasted Seaweed
  • 1 Carrot
  • Part of a Cucumber
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6 Small Crabsticks
  • 2 Green Onions
  • A little Rice Vinegar/Sesame Oil/Sugar

How to make Korean Kim Bap

Mmmmnn, Kim Bap. Regularly popping down to an ajumma's street stand in Seoul to pick up a 1000 Won Kim Bap for breakfast was one of the highlights of my time in Asia. (1000 Won = around $1US). :D

I decided to make this because I had a few leftover ingredients knocking around in the fridge and wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. I picked up the crabsticks for 60p at Sainsbury's so this ended up costing me next to nothing. Once you've done this a couple of times you get into the swing of it and it shouldn't take too long at all. Perfect for packed lunch!

Serves 3

  1. Bung the rice into the cooker.
  2. When it's done, bring it out and let it cool a little. I made a little mixture with some rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar and some sesame oil to mix in to the rice. I'm not sure it was absolutely necessary, but I love sesame oil.
  3. Beat your eggs and cook into a little plain omlette in your pan. When done, slice into long strips.
  4. Slice your crabsticks into long thin slices, and your carrot, green onions and cucumer too. (Usually in kim bap there is a yellow pickled radish, but since I didn't have any I soaked the cucumber in rice vinegar for a short time). I cooked the carrot and green onions in a pan jsut a little to soften them up and bring a little flavour out.
  5. Spread a thin layer of rice on to the seaweed, taking care to leave a small gap at either end of the paper. Arrange your ingredients on the rice together ready to be rolled up.
  6. It's probably better if you use a bamboo rolling mat for this, but I didn't have one and it worked out okay - roll quite tightly making sure not to let any of it leak out or get messy. Seal it with a little water/rice at the end.
  7. Slice in to about 8-10 portions.
  8. Serve!
  • monja
    monja says

    it seems very good! and seems also simple, but I'm not sure it really is... ;)

  • KamanKaman
    KamanKaman says

    looks very refreshing to bite into. :)

  • watrix
    watrix says

    It's Jananese traditional food like "Sushi".It's named "Huto-maki",means big roll. why you call it "korean kim bap"?

  • Larph
    Larph says

    Thanks, guys. @ watrix: Hi there, I've never heard of huto-maki, but I just googled it and it looks delicious! Actually, some of them look like there are several small sushi rolls wrapped in a big one. wow! I can assure you that kim bap exists and is massively popular in korea - practically available everywhere with restaurant chains dedicated purely to kim bap. thanx!

  • honeygurl
    honeygurl says

    this looks better than the ones we got in a korean resto here. lol. yummy! ^_^

  • Jaylene
    Jaylene says

    That looks sooo good. I love Kim bap! Ever tried it with CHEESE? HAAHA.

  • iconsam
    iconsam says

    Wow. Surprisingly well wrapped. Awesome.

  • Larph
    Larph says

    Cheerz! I have a mat now, too. Never tried it with cheese... only heard rumours! I think there are various forms of kim chi ramen and cheese too, no?

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    like an edible kaleidoscope..wonderful!

  • chun44u
    chun44u says

    wow you're good...too bad i'm practically allergic to cucumbers :(

  • tranism
    tranism says

    This is really fantastic. You're great.

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