Halloween Kimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll) 할로윈김밥
My daughter’s new favourite recipe. Halloween Kimbap! Enjoy this quick and easy Kimbap with your children or just for yourself! It is perfect for lunchboxes, bento boxes and Halloween parties!
Watch my Halloween Kimbap Recipe Video (5m 10s)
This recipe is adapted from http://spainmusa.com/m/371. I like this blog because I have a lot in common with it. She is a Korean mum, living abroad in a village in Spain. I loved the idea of Halloween Kimbap! My daughter loves Kimbap and Halloween, so, this is a perfect recipe for her!
Kimbap is kind of similar to sushi. It looks similar but it tastes different. In Kimbap, we use a variety of ingredients like ham, cucumber, carrots, eggs, seafood sticks, etc, but, we don’t use raw fish. We add sesame oil to the rice instead of sushi vinegar, which makes Kimbap and sushi taste totally different. I like both! Some foreigners find Kimbap much tastier than sushi and it’s great if you don’t like the idea of eating raw fish.
There are hundreds of different kinds of Kimbap in South Korea. Vegetarian and Kimchi Kimbap, Bulgogi Kimbap, Dongas Kimbap, Shrimp Kimbap, etc, etc. Last time I went to Korea (That was 1 and half years ago now.), I ate a lot of new Kimbap. Mmmm.
When I was a kid, my mum made a lot of Kimbap for my school picnic day and school sports day. My sisters, brother and I loved it when we were kids. We had a separate belly for Kimbap which never got full!!!
My daughter and my 2 and half year old boy love Halloween so much! They are counting down the days to go Trick or Treating already! Halloween is getting huge in the UK, especially near to my house! There are about 240 houses together in my estate and it is packed with kids dressing up to go around all the houses. Brilliant!
Last year, was my son’s first proper Halloween. He had not long started to walk and wanted to join in. My daughter couldn’t wait for my husband to come home at 5:30 pm (!!!) So I took both of them out and met up with some other mums and kids and we all went Trick or Treating. My son was a good asset for the other kids as everyone thought he was super cute in his glow-in-the-dark skeleton outfit (he wouldn’t wear the mask). They were given so many sweeties and chocolate that we had to come home half way round to empty their bags. Halloween was never big in Korea when I was growing up. It might be a bit different now but I’m not sure. If it was popular when I was a kid, how wonderful it would have been!
You can substitute the sausage for strips of carrot or cucumber for a super healthy vegetarian alternative.
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- 400g Cooked Rice (Must be short grain sticky rice. Long grain won't work)
- 1tbsp Sesame Oil
- ½ tsp Table Salt + a Pinch of Table Salt
- 1 Frankfurter Sausage
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3 squares of Nori Seaweed (20cm*19cm)
- A little water to stick the seaweed.
- Mix the cooked rice, sesame oil and ½ tsp of the table salt in a bowl. Cover the rice with foil or cling film so that it doesn’t get too dry and set aside.
- Slice the sausage into 4 strips length ways. Set aside.
- Whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt.
- Pour the egg mixture into a frying pan over a low heat. When the egg mixture is 80% cooked, roll the omelette up and set it aside.
- Brown the two middle slices of sausage in a frying pan for a couple of minutes.
- Slice the egg roll length ways into three equal size strips. You will only need two of the strips so choose the best looking ones.
- Cut two of the squares of nori seaweed in half. You will now have four rectangles and one large square of Nori. For the next step you will only need three of the four rectangles.
- To make the eyes for your kimbap, lay a rectangle of Nori on a chopping board. Place a strip of rolled up omelette along the nearest long edge of the rectangle and roll the omelette up in the nori as tight as possible. When you have nearly finished rolling it up, slightly wet the remaining long edge of the rectangle with water so that it sticks when fully rolled up. Just dip your finger in a small bowl of water and run along the edge. When it’s rolled up, you want it to resemble a seaweed cigar!!! Repeat this again for another strip of omelette and the sausage slices which will be the mouth. I only needed 1 ½ slices of sausage so how much you use will depend on the length of your sausage. J
- Lay your sushi mat flat on your work surface. Put the large square of nori seaweed on the mat. Arrange a thin layer of rice on the half of the seaweed that is closest to you. You need the rice to completely cover the half but it must be a thin layer.
- Put the rolled sausage in the middle of the layer of rice and completely cover with another thin layer of rice.
- Lay the rolled egg slices either side of the rolled sausage, leaving a bit of a gap and cover with one more layer of rice.
- Using the sushi mat, roll the Kimbap up tightly and again wet the edge so that it sticks well. Once rolled, brush a little sesame oil on the outside of the Kimbap.
- Leave for 4-5 minutes for the Kimbap to firm up. Brush some sesame oil on your sharp knife. This makes it easier to slice the Kimbap as it won’t stick to the blade. Alternatively, you can use a little water. Cut off the untidy ends and slice the Kimbap into 6-8 circular pieces. Enjoy your scary and delicious Kimbap for your Halloween party! Your kids and your guests will love them!