Discover Korean Food 54: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s “Gimbap, Rice Rolled in Laver”

Gimbap is cooked white rice seasoned with sesame oil and salt, then rolled with other ingredients in a sheet of laver. Gimbap has been popular since the 1960s. It is good to pack for a picnic as lunch or a snack, because it is convenient to eat and contains many different ingredients and flavors.

[Ingredients & Quantity]
360 g (2 cups) non-glutinous rice, 500 g (2½ cups) water
50 g (¼ piece) carrot, 1 g (¼ tsp) salt
80 g (½ piece) cucumber, 1 g (¼ tsp) salt
70 g pickled radish
100 g burdock roots, 13 g (1 tbsp) edible oil
diluted vinegar : 17 g (1 tbsp) vinegar ,200 g (1 cup) water
120 g (2 ea)egg , 1 g (¼ tsp) salt
6 g (4 sheets) dried laver
26 g (2 tbsp) edible oil
Seasoning for rice : 3 g (¾ tsp) salt, 13 g (1 tbsp) sesame oil
Seasoning sauce ① : 27 g (1½ tbsp) soy sauce, 15 g (1 tbsp) water, 6 g (½ tbsp) sugar, 5 g (1 tsp) refined rice wine
80 g minced beef
Seasoning sauce ② : 12 g (2 tsp) soy sauce, 2 g (½ tsp) sugar, 2.3 g (½ tsp)
chopped green onion, 1.4 g (¼ tsp) minced garlic, 2 g (1 tsp) sesame salt, 2 g (½ tsp) sesame oil, 0.1 g ground black pepper

1. Wash the rice and soak in water for 30 min. drain water on a strainer for 10 min. (440 g).
2. Clean the carrot and skin (40 g). Clean the cucumber by rubbing and cut it into 20 cm-long, 0.7 cm-wide/thick. Take seeds area out (60 g), sprinkle salt and allow it to be marinated for 5 min. wipe excess water with cotton cloths.
3. Slice the pickled radish into 20 cm-long, 0.7 cm-wide and thick.
4. Skin off burdock roots (86 g), cut into 20cm-long, 0.7 cm-wide and thick, and soak in diluted vinegar for 2 min.
5. Clean blood of minced beef with cotton cloths and season with seasoning sauce② (70 g).
6. Beat egg and salt.

1. Put the rice and water in the pot and boil it on high heat for 4 min. After additional boiling for 4 min. reduce the heat to medium and boil for 3 more min. When the rice become sodden, reduce the heat to low and steam for 10 min. (730 g). Season with salt and sesame oil.
2. Preheat the frying pan and oil, stir-fry the carrot and cucumber on high heat for 30 sec. respectively.
3. Preheat the frying pan and oil, stir-fry the burdock roots on medium heat for 3 min. add seasoning sauce ①, stir-fry them on low heat for 10 min.
4. Preheat the frying pan and oil, stir-fry the beef for 2 min. on medium heat.
5. Preheat the frying pan and oil, fry beaten egg on low heat for 3 min. for front side and 2min. for back side, to be 1cm-thick, cut it into 20 cm-long and 1 cm-wide.
6. Toast the laver on low heat. Upon the laver, layer steamed rice (150 g) evenly and placed the carrot, cucumber, pickled radish, burdock roots, beef and fried egg in the middle. Roll up the laver to create a log with a 3~4 cm diameter. Slice it at intervals of 1.5 cm-wide.

*Boiled fish cakes, crab meat, tuna, Kimchi and gourd flesh may be used for filling stuffs.



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