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What is the protocol for eating kimpab

What is the traditional protocol for eating kimpab?

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  1. There's really no "protocol" per se - you just pop it in your mouth. :) I always brought kimbab with a bit of pickled daikon (that radioactive yellow stuff, haha) on the side whenever we went on school trips. Occasionally Mom would be generous and pack some other banchan like daikon kimchi (kkakdugi) or soy-marinated quail eggs... instant upgrade, hehe.

    1. You need to do 5 push-ups and then 5 sit-ups before you can eat the first kimpab. Upon eating your last kimpab, you need to comb your hair, and floss your teeth.

      Really, as far as I know, there is no special protocol. One usually eat them with hands or chopsticks.

      1. Isn't this the street food (or grocery checkout) version of maki rolls? When I get it, it usually comes with a spicy salt, presumably for dipping.

        1. Proper protocol is to wash it down with Soju.

          1. Laugh away clowns, it's a valid question. I have had them many times through serendipity (<3 them) and I just ate them plain since they were already well seasoned. But then I saw a friend eating them by putting kim chi on top of them and I thought, hmmm, maybe that's how you are supposed to eaten them but I had never tried them that way.

            Gosh if you ask how to eat sushi on this board you'll get dozens of answers from purists making fun of the people who put the pickled ginger on their sushi and getting into tangential discussions on how the rice should be seasoned. No kimpab purists out here?

            PaulJ never had them with spicy salt, will keep an eye out for that. Maki is the cone shaped hand roll, right? The kimpab I have had are wrapped into a cylindrical shape and sliced like sushi rolls.

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              1. re: luckyfatima

                Makizuzhi is regular rolls. Futomaki are large rolls. Hosomaki are very thin rolls. Uramaki are inside out rolls. Hand rolled cones are Temaki.

                (OH, I just saw Paulj posted a good link.)

                1. re: JMF

                  See what I mean, the erudition comes out for sushi lol.

                2. re: luckyfatima

                  I've never seen kimbap come with seasoned salt either. The fillings, at least the ones I like, don't really require condiments, though my rolls will usually come with extra pickled daikon and perhaps some kimchi. I'll have a bite in between rolls for a little variation or add some to a slice if there's not enough danmuji in there for my liking.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    Come to think of it, it was Sundae, the blood sausage, that comes with the dipping salt.

                  2. re: luckyfatima

                    <Laugh away clowns, it's a valid question>

                    Not laughing at you, we are just having fun. Don't take it personally. Kimpab is a fairly relax food, you can eat however you like -- short of some very serious manner problems.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      No offense taken, I was just teasing back.

                      1. re: luckyfatima

                        Oh good. I was ready to apologize. Good thing I didn't hurt your feeling.