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What is the protocol for eating kimpab

luckyfatima Jan 3, 2013 05:29 PM

What is the traditional protocol for eating kimpab?

  1. sukekiyo Jan 3, 2013 07:36 PM

    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. Chemicalkinetics Jan 3, 2013 08:12 PM

      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. paulj Jan 3, 2013 08:33 PM

        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. ipsedixit Jan 3, 2013 08:44 PM

          Proper protocol is to wash it down with Soju.

          1. luckyfatima Jan 4, 2013 06:00 AM

            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
              paulj Jan 4, 2013 06:51 AM


              1. re: luckyfatima
                JMF Jan 4, 2013 07:27 AM

                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
                  luckyfatima Jan 4, 2013 08:16 AM

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

                2. re: luckyfatima
                  JungMann Jan 4, 2013 07:53 AM

                  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
                    paulj Jan 4, 2013 09:33 AM

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

                  2. re: luckyfatima
                    Chemicalkinetics Jan 4, 2013 09:13 AM

                    <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
                      luckyfatima Jan 4, 2013 09:28 AM

                      No offense taken, I was just teasing back.

                      1. re: luckyfatima
                        Chemicalkinetics Jan 4, 2013 09:34 AM

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

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