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Sushi vs Kimbap / Gimbap

Updated: May 13, 2021

Everybody knows all about Japanese sushi rolls, which are now sold everywhere from fancy restaurants to fast food deliveries. Zomato will deliver all colours of sushi for you. They’re healthy, easy to transport and packed with umami, the mythical fifth flavor that was first articulated by a Japanese scientist in 1908. But did you know that there is a Korean version of the sushi roll?

So, what is Kimbap you ask?

Kimbap (sometimes spelled Gimbap) is made with steamed white rice and dried seaweed, which is of course similar to the Japanese version. Kimbap, Gimbap or simply the Korean Sushi Roll is a different take on the Japanese sushi. This popular Korean dish is made with cooked rice and some other ingredients that are all rolled in dried seaweed sheets. 'Gim' is the seaweed sheet and 'bap' refers to the cooked rice. The dish is often enjoyed as a light lunch along with danmuji (yellow pickled radish) and Kimchi and is a popular take-out food in Korea as it can be packed and carried easily

What's the difference?

Kimbap and Japanese sushi differ from each other in terms of the use of rice and the fillings. In a Japanese sushi, the rice is seasoned with vinegar while in a Kimbap it is mixed with sesame oil and it tastes a bit sweeter. As for the fillings, the Japanese use mostly raw fish, but in Korea, cooked or preserved items like canned tuna, kimchi, grilled bulgogi or ham and cheese are used to stuff the sushi. The rice used in a Kimbap may also vary. Koreans may choose to pick brown rice or black rice.


when shooting sushi as the chef not to garnish the sushi himself rather give you all the ingredients. you can garnish on set as and when you are shooting your composition.

Top 3 Places to eat Gimbap in Mumbai :

  1. Heng Bok at Linking Road

  2. Origami Japanese And Korean Restaurant in Powai

  3. Sun & Moon Korean Restaurant at Worli

  4. Wasabi 15 in Andheri

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