To the indiscriminate, round eye, kimbap is Korean sushi, as predicted by the function f(sushi)=(rice+seaweed+meat)/(bite-sized chunks) or whatever. I'm not good at math. In any case kimbap achieves a level of portable, ease-of-use genius sushi surely envies. Behold the roundbap:
|천냥불고기김밥 (cheonnyang bulgogi kimbap, "thousand meat rolls") will be yours for 1,000 won (~$0.89).|
The packaging is brilliant. You unwrap one end of the roll, munch the exposed segments, then push the column up from the bottom to expose further segments to your continued munching. It's like a push pop of seaweed, rice and etc. as you can see:
'Roundbap' was my second kimbap neologism, coined to distinguish it from trianglebap, a less popular variety found only at convenience stores:
|I don't know what the text means and it doesn't transliterate comprehensibly. Mystery trianglebap!|
|It's like a sandwich.|
I like this seaweed + rice idea enough that I occasionally make pathetic homemade kimbap. I'm far too lazy to do anything elaborate. The filling I use is just brown rice with a bit of galbi marinade for flavor. I load it into a strip of seaweed, fold the thing up and eat it. Sometimes over the sink.
|I'm sure Chortle would be mortified at this pitiful display of clumsy imitation.|