Mini kimbap (MAYAK KIMBAP)

Explore the delicious world of micro kimbap, a Korean snack that will leave you wanting more. These bite-sized mayak or ggoma kimbap have 3 to 4 ingredients, including vegetables, meat, and eggs, seasoned short grain rice, and dried seaweed.

The result? A delicious mix of flavors and textures makes mini kimbap ideal for a fast lunch or on-the-go snack. Try it at home today!

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Mini kimbap: definition, ingredients, and preparation.

Mini Kimbap Ingredients How to Keep Kimbap Fresh

Other Gimbap Recipes That You Might Enjoy

Mastering the Art of Mini Kimbap

Describe Mini Kimbapp.

Mini kimbap, also known as mini gimbap (미니김밥), is a well-liked Korean snack that is made out of bite-sized rolls that are stuffed with flavorful rice, crisp seaweed, and your choice of fresh vegetable and protein. It’s a tasty and colorful delight.

These cute little rice rolls are the ideal finger food for get-togethers, picnics, or even just a fast on-the-go snack because they’re smaller than conventional kimbap. It is essentially little rice rolls with seaweed.

Let us now discuss the name mayak kimbap (or mayak gimbap, 마약김밥). The word “mayak” means “narcotic” in English, but don’t worry—no real drugs are involved! This moniker simply describes the flavors of these little kimbap buns, which are dangerously addicting and seductive.

What therefore must be the secret to their captivating allure, you wonder? You won’t be able to get enough of their delicious sweet-umami mustard-vinegar dipping sauce, aside from their adorable, little size.

What is this enchanted mixture made of? A delicious combination of Korean mustard, sugar, water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and perhaps a dash of sesame oil is the mayak kimbap dipping sauce. The tastes are expertly proportioned, with the ideal combination of sweetness and acidity to go well with the mouthwatering rolls. Remember to add a final flourish of toasted sesame seeds to give each bite a hint of crunch and nuttiness!

Although most Korean kimbap is not often served with dipping sauce, this is how you consume mayak kimbap.

Because of its small size, this kimbap is also known as ggoma kimbap (꼬마김밥). In Korean, “ggoma” means “little kid.”

This little kimbap was first created at Seoul’s crowded Gwangjang Market. One of this market’s main draws is definitely the mayak kimbap, which is renowned for its amazing selection of delicious street cuisine. Gourmets from around the globe converge on this bustling market to sample these delectable tiny rolls. Once, I had to wait in line for about an hour! Also well-known from the market is Bindaetteok, or mung bean pancakes.


The traditional mayak kimbap has just three ingredients: carrot, spinach, and danmuji, or yellow pickled radish. But for an added flavor boost, contemporary variations of this addicting snack frequently contain up to four components.

Here are some of the most well-liked options to take into consideration, among the plethora of delectable options available.

Classic Veggies: A vibrant combination of cucumber, pickled radish (danmuji), and fresh, thinly sliced carrots is always a good choice. Sautéed spinach with seasoning is also a fantastic choice. Every bite is enhanced by the delicious crunch and tanginess of these classic ingredients!

Savory Egg: Thinly sliced, pan-fried beaten eggs can offer a hint of richness, creaminess, and fluff that harmonizes superbly with the other components.

Fish Cake Sheets: My favorite protein option is seasoned julienned Korean fish cakes, which add a delicious meaty texture and umami-rich flavor. Their inclusion takes mayak kimbap, which is already incredibly addictive, to new heights.

Other Proteins: Popular options include Korean ham and deep-fried tofu pouches (yubu, also known as inari-age in Japanese). They give the meal a savory flavor and a nice meaty texture.

  • Sushi rice (short-grain rice mixed with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt)
  • Nori sheets (seaweed sheets)
  • Fillings: thinly sliced vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and radishes, as well as cooked spinach, pickled daikon, and optional protein such as cooked beef, crab sticks, or tuna
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soy sauce (for dipping)

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To start, prepare the sushi rice by cooking it according to package instructions. Once cooked, let it cool slightly before mixing in rice vinegar, sugar, and salt to add flavor. Make sure the rice is cooled completely before using it for the kimbap.

Next, gather your fillings. Thinly slice vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and radishes, and cook any protein you plan to include, such as beef or tuna. Additionally, you can use cooked spinach, pickled daikon, or crab sticks for variety.

Once your fillings are ready, lay a sheet of nori on a clean surface, ensuring the shiny side is facing down. Spread a thin layer of the prepared sushi rice evenly over the nori, leaving about an inch of space at the top.

Arrange your fillings in a line across the center of the rice, ensuring they are evenly distributed. Be mindful not to overfill, as this may make rolling difficult.

Now, it’s time to roll the kimbap. Starting from the bottom, tightly roll the nori and rice over the fillings, using your fingers to press and shape the roll as you go. If you have a bamboo sushi mat, you can use it to help with the rolling process.

Once rolled, use a sharp knife to slice the roll into bite-sized pieces, approximately 1 inch thick. Take care to slice evenly for a neat presentation.

To enhance the flavor of the mini kimbap, drizzle some sesame oil over the rolls and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. This adds a nutty aroma and extra crunch.

Finally, serve the mini kimbap with soy sauce for dipping. These bite-sized delights are perfect for snacking, appetizers, or adding to lunchboxes. Enjoy the addictive flavors of mayak kimbap!


Despite their diminutive size and minimal ingredient list, these mini seaweed rice rolls can require more time to create because of their larger batch size.

You may prepare them up to six hours in advance and keep them in an airtight container if you’re organized. To keep the rice from drying out, make sure to keep them in the refrigerator.

If you keep the rice longer than that, it will get very dry and hard, which will affect its flavor and make it taste different from when it was originally prepared.

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