Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it’s yummy !

Wikipedia defines my favorite Korean food Gimbap as “Gimbap (김밥) is a Korean dish made from cooked rice and other ingredients that are rolled in gim (김)—dried sheets of nori seaweed—and served in bite-sized slices. The dish is often part of a packed meal(도시락) to be eaten at picnics and outdoor events and can serve as a light lunch along with yellow pickled radish and kimchi. It is a popular take-out food in South Korea and abroad, and is known as a convenient food because of its portability. It is usually well wrapped (traditionally with aluminum foil, but now sometimes in paper) and does not have any liquid ingredients.”


Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !

As Wikipedia well explains, gimbap is for sure an inseparable food in the Korean people’s childhoods. It is no exaggeration to say that when we went on field trips in elementary school or middle school, at least 7 out of 10 kids brought Gimbap for their take-out meal. One fact that is a bit regrettable as a Korean is that in many countries around the world, Gimbap is not that popular unlike you can find Japanese sushi rolls almost everywhere in the world. Gimbap is made with steamed white rice and dried seaweed, which is similar to the Japanese version. But there are two big differences: the rice and the filling. While sushi rice is seasoned with vinegar, kimbap is instead cut with sesame oil and sweeter. As for the fillings, while the Japanese incorporate mostly raw fish (tuna, salmon, chopped scallops), in Korea the inside layer consists of cooked or preserved items like cooked vegetables, canned tuna, kimchi, grilled bulgogi and ham, and cheese. When I lived in the U.S., I made Gimbap for my roommates, and they seriously loved it! I am sure that Korean gimbap would be competitive in foreign countries, as well, and its popularity has been growing in Asian countries.


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Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !

There are more kinds of Gimbap than you can imagine. In fact, depending on the ingredients inside the Gimbap, you can make even a brand-new kind of Gimbap. Personally I like gimbap with lots of tuna and mayonnaise in it, but as the premium gimbap houses have become popular in recent years, various kinds of gimbap have become popular. There are many different gimbap, including spicy gimbap, gimbap with lots of sliced sunny side up, a whole piece of sausage, and even Samgyeopsal. There are also mini-sized gimbap with side-dishes like seasoned radish or Kimchi. There are so many gimbap restaurants, as you may feel if you look around Seoul. From the traditional gimbap restaurants located in the neighborhood to the modern and fancy premium gimbap restaurants, you can choose wherever you want to try. To help you narrow down your options, I would like to introduce some famous gimbap restaurants among Koreans.

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Seoho Gimbap
141-1 Bangbaejungang-ro, Bangbaebon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
This restaurant has a quite modern interior so that you can eat in pleasantly.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
They have a menu on which cute pictures of Gimbap drawn.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
The price ranges from 4500won~5000won. Even basic Gimbap has beef in it.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
The one with egg(yellow thingy in the picture) in it is really soft and rich.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
That yellow thingy is called “Danmuji” in Korean, and for Korean people, it’s inseparable with Gimbap. And, of course, they have Kimchi (For free!)

Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !

Han-ip Soban(1000won Gimbap)
15-5 Cheongpadong 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
This place got really famous because Korean gourmet celebrity recommended this place on the TV show.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
Famous Youtuber also reviewed Gimbap here!
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
The most famous Gimbap is the one with Mukeunji(Old Kimchi) and tuna in it!
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
Look how full the ingredient fills in Gimbap!
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
This gimbap is 4000 won, which is not that expensive compared to other premium Gimbap stores.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
This one has spicy pork in it! Personally, if you are not a solo traveler, I recommend you to have two kinds of Gimbap!
Joseon Gimbap
Seoul, Jongno-gu, Samcheong-dong, Yulgok-ro 3-gil, 68
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
This restaurant is located near Gyeongbokgung, which is a great location for tourists to stop by.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
This Gimbap store was also introduced on TV gourmet show, and they offer Korean Soup for free!
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
Namul(Korean style vegetable) makes rich flavor and smell as you chew the Gimbap.
Best Korean Cuisine! Please try Gimbap? Kimbap? Gimbob? Kimbob?! Anyway, it's yummy !
They also have Wasabi-Fishcake Gimbap, which is quite unique. There is always a long queue during lunchtime because of all the office workers around.
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