If the thought of sushi night gets you excited, and you never say no to trying new sushi makis, then rejoice! There's a whole family of Korean rice rolls waiting for you, known as kimbab or gimbab. We are thrilled as well, as today we will show you how to make vegan kimbab at home.
Kimbab is colloquially referred to as "Korean sushi" because, just like the Japanese sushi maki, it also uses a base of white rice wrapped in seaweed. They are a delectable and practical snack enjoyed by busy people on-the-go or savoured with gusto before the main course.
In theory, sushi means "made with vinegared rice", but kimbab doesn't use rice vinegar in the process. As such, calling kimbab "sushi" is not accurate, but it makes the point quite well, so we will stick with it here. Instead of vinegar, Korean rice rolls use sesame oil.
The other big difference lies in the ingredients used to fill the rice rolls. While traditional sushi is famous for using raw fish, kimbab makes heavy use of pickled vegetables and cooked ingredients, like canned tuna, grilled meat or even cheese.
We propose a tasty alternative to the many kimbab recipes. Our recipe is vegan, and we used common ingredients so that you can prepare these bite-sized snacks even without a Korean grocery nearby. We filled our vegan kimbab with grilled carrots, cucumber, radish and tempeh. Easy right?
If you have never tried tempeh before, think of it like tofu, just more nutritious and tastier. The difference is that tofu comes from soy milk, while tempeh is the product of fermented soybeans.
Fermented foods are incredibly healthy and nutritious, and tempeh is not an exception. When comparing their nutritional values, tempeh beats tofu on all fronts, except for calcium . Moreover, tempeh has a nuttier and more prominent flavour than tofu. This bolder taste helps it stand out from the other veggies, making tempeh the better choice for our vegan recipe.
So are you ready to make some homemade kimbab? We promise it's going to be an easy and fun recipe. Let's go!
NOTE: The default ingredients yield 16 rice rolls and one serving consists of four kibmap.