Thursday, September 27, 2012

Korea, Kimchi and Kimbap

Living in Korea for the past five months, K is a cinch with Korea, Kimchi and Kimbap.

Kimchi, the National dish of Korea is the nutritious fermented cabbage. There are many more vegetables like the radish and cucumber that are also fermented in huge earthen pots (in the olden days) and in trendy Kimchi refrigerators in current times.

Kimchi along with the noodles in red bean sauce
Cabbage Kimchi is the red dish to the right. The main course is the cold red bean sauce with noodles. Generally, they serve a lot of different kinds of side dishes with it.
Korean mushroom porridge along with all the side dishes.
This is mushroom porridge with side dishes of boiled egg, some yummy roasted root veggie that i havent found the name for, mung beans sprouts, pickled radish, soup of radish and kelp. Yum!
Korean Kimbap
Kimbap (Kim is the laver seaweed and bap is rice)  is sea weed rolled in with Korean rice, egg, pickled radish, ham, pickled cucumber, crab meat and many more!
Kimbap could be called the National snack of Korea. Filling, nutritious and healthy, it is also perfect as a meal-to-go for the kids, in picnics and in light lunches.

Kimbap with the seaweed on the bottom.
Kimbap is easy enough to make. Kim (dried laver seaweed, available in stores) is placed on a mat. Cooked, hot Korean rice with sesame seeds is spread on the seaweed. Followed by thin strips of egg, ham etc... Cheese seems to be favored by the kids.
Making and rolling the Kimbap
Rolling all into a tight roll and cutting them into pieces makes a perfect kimbap.
Beautiful colors of the Kimbap
Beautiful colors of the kimbap
ABC Wednesday- K for Korea, Kimchi and Kimbap
Color Connection

36 comments:

  1. Calling by from ABC Wednesday,letter K, definitely an easy one for you this week, interesting post.

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  2. Mouth watering Kimchi and Kim bap!

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  3. What fun it must be to be able to try so many new and different cuisines! Kate, ABC Tean

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  4. Yummmm! Not really a staple in India huh :-)

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  5. looks interesting...not sure aby the taste!

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  6. The seaweed taste is something that people have to get used to... I have not! I do love the radish kimchi, tangy!

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  7. I love Korean food! Had it just once in Australia and craving for more!

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    1. KOrean food is supposed to be one of the most nutritious cuisines out there and quickly gaining popularity. Unfortunately, I have been able to appreciate the flavor of bibimbap only :(

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  8. The Kimbap looks similar to something I had in Japanese Sushi, though the flavor of the rice was dominating but still my Indian toungue could not quite appreciate the taste as much as I would have loved to. Kimchi sounds interesting, is it pure vegetarian?

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    1. There are places where you can get pure veggie kimchi in Temple stays food places but usually, kimchi has fish sauce in it. Koreans have lot of veggies along with meat in their food but donot understand vegetarian food.

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  9. I've only had kimchi a couple times. an acquired taste, I think
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Very true. Not an universal favorite...

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  10. I remember in Shanghai we had entered a Korean restaurant by mistake thinking that its a normal Chinese one. I had a tough time trying to make the young female waiters understand. Almost the entire set of waiters gathered around us trying to decipher what we wanted.

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    1. Think about my plight here! But people are very understanding and accommodating. Thankfully!

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    2. http://ashokism.blogspot.in/2008/02/shanghai-visit03.html

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  11. The Kimbap must be like Sushi right with the seaweed wrapping and all. It's nice to know about Korean food. Thanks for all that info. You should do more of these posts. :)

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    1. DN, Korean food looks great but unfortunately, the taste takes a lot of getting used to... :)
      Yep, discovered some more interesting and yummy food. Will post it soon!

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  12. wow ! good to know about the Korean food ... I have had sushi before ... is kimbap something similar ?

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    1. I think sushi is made with raw fish stuffing, TTT, but kimbap is versatile and allows any kind of stuffing.

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  13. I have had Kimbaps. My batch mate in the university was a South Korean girl, Myong Shim Jo. And she used to make all these Korean dishes. And we used to freak out..enjoy!!

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  14. Most Delhi Asian restaurants serve kimchi these days, even if you don't order Korean.

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    1. Kimchi is like chutney and sambar at a South Indian restaurant. It is mandatory to serve kimchi at any Korean restaurant. But i didnt know it was a catching trend in Asian restaurants in India.

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  15. I miss living in Korea. Kimbap Cheonguk, although the McDonald's of kimbap to some, was great.
    Thanks for sharing and making me remember things I had forgotten! Your photos are amazing, too ^^

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  16. Wow! You show such delicious stuffs!

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  17. This is really worth reading, it has too much details in it and yet it is so simple to understand, Thanks for sharing the picture it has great detail in it and i really appreciate your true artistic work!


    Accredited High School Diploma Online

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  18. Interesting article and food. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  19. Great knowing the national foods of K! I like the Kimbap roll here.

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  20. This not only looks very yummy but also very healthy ! I wonder if I could find these dried seaweeds her in Belgium because these like Sushi looking little rolls seem to be so easy to make !

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  21. That is a lot of food, but sadly I am not a fan of sushi or sea food .. I think I have had it just once in my life so far..


    Bikram's

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  22. I enjoyed learning something new from korea:) dropping by from color connection. My entry: the kingdom: willyouhearfromme.blogspot.com

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  23. looks like japanese sushi. korean version, maybe? i would love to try the soup.

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  24. I miss their bibimbap and I love kimchi!

    Thank you for joining last week's Color Connection.
    The linky is up now, can't wait to see your color this week!

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