I was in the mood for some kimbap so I had my mother buy some for me when she went to the American Women's Bazaar in World Trade Center with my aunt. There was a food booth selling Korean snack staples like kimchi, chapchae and kimbap. I saw the booth several months back, and since the bazaar was only held once a month, I was hoping they'd be there again. Lo and behold, bless the Korean gods for allowing me to have my kimbap fix. Kamsa hamnida!
A bit of background -- Kimbap is the Korean version of sushi or rice rolls. It literally means seaweed (kim) and rice (bap). Unlike sushi, which you eat with chopsticks, kimbap is more of a picnic food or snack which you eat with your hands. The typical fillings for kimbap are seasoned vegetables, meat and egg. In this particular version, the kimbap (P100) is filled with spam, cucumber, pickled raddish, carrots and omelette. Others even have spinach, crab meat and bulgogi or Korean beef.
As I opened the container, ten little colorful rolls greeted at me, displaying bite-sized portions of a balanced meal. The pretty picture held me in place as I deliberately tried to block out its not so aromatic smell. Different layers of flavor cleaved onto my palate as soon as I sneaked one roll into my mouth. The crunch of the cucumber and carrots provided a nice appetizer for the entree that was spam and omelette. But my favorite part was biting into that pickled radish. Sweet with a hint of acidity, it gave a nice ending to the orchestra of gustatory sensation.
A bit of a side note -- I haven't a wide range of Korean dining experience so my take on this particular version does have a limited basis of comparison. That said, I still enjoyed its sapidity, and I look forward to trying out more variations of these rice rolls. Anybody know of a good Korean place in the South?
My title translates to "Let's eat kimbap!". And now I will.