Minoo was very excited to inform me that Ella is going to make Gimbap in the Caring Place Community Kitchen. I had blogged about making kimbap in 2007 in the same kitchen by Minnie. I thought it will be more illustrative if I can video taped the sushi rolling process instead of taking static photo of each step for this post. You must go to the bottom of this post and watch that fun video.
Gimbap or kimbap or Korean sushi is very colourful and has lots of different textures in it.
laver (in Korean, Gim means seaweed sheets)
cucumbers, cut into long strip
carrots, cut into long strip
imitation crab meat
Korean style ham (which is less salty than Canadian ham/sausages)
yellow pickled radish, cut into long strip
soy sauce as dipping sauce
Prep time: 45 minutes; Serve: 6
Cook rice with less water than normal as you need the rice to be dry and not soggy. Seasoned the rice with salt, sugar and sesame oil while the rice is hot. Mix the rice gently (do not press or mush the rice) to blend with seasoning and also to cool down the rice.
In a frying pan, slightly pan fry carrot until lightly soften. Season with a pinch of salt.Also, pan fry Korean ham. Ella could not find Korean ham and she bought a western sausage as substitute but find it to be too salty. She would rather discard the sausage.
To cook the egg, beat a few eggs (like 4) in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. In a non-stick frying pan, heat a little oil (wipe off excess oil with paper towel as too much oil will make the omelet puff up) on low heat, pour enough egg mixture to cover a thin layer. Let the omelet set and roll it up, leaving the roll at one end of the pan. Pour more egg mixture to the pan and tilt pan to cover evenly. When the new layer of omelet set, roll up using the previous roll as the base. Repeat for 4 or 5 times until the egg mixture are used up.
The result is a multilayer egg roll. Slice the egg roll into long strips.
Cut the cucumber into long strips and remove the seeds as the seeds portion is watery.
Notice that everything is cut into long strips.
This is a great demonstration as all the participants can have hands on rolling the gimbap.One note here, you can use water to seal the sushi roll or mash up some rice as glue to seal the roll. Ella prefers to use rice.