12.148 Ggoma Gimbab


2 (Wed) June 2021

Ggoma Gimbab


from Samgeori Bunsik

at home

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with DJ and IZ

Samgeori Bunsik (삼거리 분식) is a Korean restaurant.  Specializes in street food.

Located in the commercial center next to our apartment complex.

While actual food carts are strictly regulated these days, every neighborhood seems to have these modernized versions that are brick-and-mortar, with running water and electricity – not as much fun, but certainly much cleaner.  And the food is exactly the same.

Whereas the 4 cornerstones of Korean street food comprise ddeokbokki, sundae, twigim, and odeng (see for example 4.166 Full Set, 11.152 The Quad), a 5th wheel is ggoma gimbab.

Ggoma Gimbab (꼬마김밥) is a Korean dish.  Essentially the same thing as regular gimbab but simpler, the stuffing consisting only of a few strands of carrot + pickled radish + spinach; the rice is sometimes seasoned a bit.  More of a snack than a meal.  The term “ggoma” refers to a young child, often used as an adjective to describe something small.

Alas, these had been sitting around all day – I stopped by to grab a few preprandial snacks on my way home from work – so they’d lost their freshness, perhaps even beyond the safe limit, though they seemed okay enough to eat.



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