Ever been in a food coma? When your body ingests (1) too much food and (2) foods high on the glycemic index, your body releases insulin, triggering a chain reaction of chemicals including melatonin that make you very sleepy… mid day!
Combat such a situation with homemade kimbap made with brown rice – essentially for us Koreans this is a picnic or snack food, and very much resembles sushi. It’s sort of like a “Korean Sushi”. Try out something new this weekend!
Brown rice kimbap or “Korean Sushi”
The below makes about 12 rolls of kimbap. Each ingredient that goes in to the dish takes a bit of time to make, so I generally make a lot, and freeze the ingredients for use later on. I would set aside about 2-3 hours to make the separate ingredients and roll the kimbap.
- Bamboo rolling mat
- White vinegar
- 6 cups uncooked rice (1/3 white sticky rice, 1/3 brown sweet rice, 1/3 black wild rice)
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Sesame oil
- 2 cucumbers
- 7-8 carrots
- Dozen eggs
- Pickled Korean radish (bright yellow)
- Your choice of protein (I used imitation crab meat, but you could use flaked tuna, etc…)
- Flat seaweed
1. Make your individual ingredients.
- Carrots – Wash, then chop up the carrots into small pieces. Sautee in a non-stick frying pan with no oil for about 10-15 minutes on medium heat, until they are soft.
- Cucumbers – De-seed the cucumbers, and cut them into thin, length-wise strips. You can keep the seeds, but they don’t go in the kimbap (they will make them very soggy, something you probably don’t want).
- Eggs – Beat 6 eggs at a time in a bowl, and pour in a non-stick frying pan. When it’s quite formed, flip it over, making sure it’s cooked all the way through. Cut into thin strips after they’ve cooled a bit.
- Rice – Take 3-4 cups of the cooked rice in a large bowl, and add in 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Mix in a tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds.
2. Create your workstation – lay out all of the ingredients on a table.
3. Take about 1-1.5 cups of rice with a spoon, and carefully spread it throughout the seaweed. Arrange all of the ingredients close to the base of the roll, leaving a bit of rice protruding where you will start rolling.
4. Begin rolling, pressing down firmly! About halfway through rolling, you could do the remainder with your hands, then reinforce the kimbap with the bamboo roll at the end.
5. With a thin brush (or you could use your hands too though this gets messy), apply a thin layer of sesame oil to the rolls. It will taste delicious, and prevent them from sticking to each other and breaking. This step is optional.
6. Repeat, repeat, repeat until your ingredients are gone.
Try it out, let me know how it goes! If you have variations / recommendations please send them through!