Does your child's no green platter worry you? Give their snacks box a Korean twist with kimbap or gimbap, one of the most popular takeaway lunch or picnic dish in Korea. The dish will help you serve some seasoned or boiled vegetables camouflaged along with meat or eggs.
Kimbap, which can be eaten as a snack or meal, takes the name from two of it's ingredients - dried sheets of seaweed (kim – marine algae) and cooked rice (bap).
Rice and other ingredients like vegetables, meat, and eggs (added according to taste) are rolled in seaweed sheets and served along with kimchi (fermented cabbage pickle) after slicing.
Most people call Kimbap as Korean sushi due to its preparation similarities with the Japanese version. However, sushi is prepared using rice seasoned with vinegar and sugar; where as in kimbap, rice is flavored with sesame oil and sesame seeds.
These dishes are different in the way they are eaten also – when sushi is eaten along with soy sauce, kimbap, with enough seasoned ingredients inside, can be consumed without any sauce.
The ingredients make kimbap a healthy meal, which is easy to make, for kids. Seaweed is a natural source of minerals (calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, and iodine), which are needed for metabolic regulation. It also contains many antioxidants, including vitamins and protective pigments. For vegetarians, kim is a good source of vitamin B12.