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Quick and Easy Beef Kimbap Recipe

Updated on July 25, 2016
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Xeng is a researcher at the University of the Philippines where she is working on a dissertation for her Masters in Communication.

Yummy kimbap with chicken hotdogs and cheese. :)
Yummy kimbap with chicken hotdogs and cheese. :) | Source

My Kimbap Love Affair

In my hub titled 5 Asian Dishes You Can Make at Home (link below), I mentioned my love for the beef kimbap (sometimes also called kimbob). A kimbap is basically the Korean version of the Sushi. It is a rice roll with some fillings wrapped in nori or dried seaweed wrap. Each slice of the roll is often dipped in light soy sauce with some wasabi and is eaten whole. This is so because just biting the slice will cause it to disintegrate and crumble.

I first tried the kimbap at Mashitta, a little Asian restaurant serving Japanese and Korean food at our university. I really loved it but I thought it could taste better so I tried making it at home because the ones served at Mashitta had plain beef filling. I added scrambled eggs, hotdogs, cheese and cucumber. And I was right. It was everything I loved. It had Asian flavors and it had cheese. Everything really does taste better with cheese.

I have also tried other variations of the kimbap. I've used hotdogs with sauteed legumes, and eggs. I've also tried making it with spam. But my favorite is ultimately the beef kimbap. The beef is first cooked using bulgogi or teriyaki recipes or marinades. I've included a recipe below. Please read through to be able to make your own kimbap at home.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: makes about 6-9 beef kimbap rolls
5 stars from 1 rating of Beef Kimbap with Cheese Recipe


  • 3 cups rice, cooked
  • teriyaki marinade
  • 1 pack nori wrap
  • 1/4 kilo beef, thinly sliced
  • 5 pieces hotdogs, Fried and cut lengthwise. I prefer Holiday Chicken Hotdogs
  • cheese, cut into strips
  • 1 cucumber, cut into strips
  • seasoning, I use magic sarap
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
You'll be eating that yummy kimbap in the next few minutes!
You'll be eating that yummy kimbap in the next few minutes! | Source


  1. FOR THE RICE: Put warm rice in a bowl and then add seasoning. Mix well . Make sure the flavor is evenly distributed. Set aside.
  2. FOR THE BEEF TERIYAKI: In a bowl, marinate the beef strips for about 30 mins. Pan fry with the marinade and canola oil for 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. FOR THE KIMBAP: On a flat surface, lay one sheet of nori wrapper on a bamboo mat. If you don't have one, it's fine but it makes the rolling easier later.
  4. Put rice on the wrapper and flatten it outwards (away from you) til only about 2 inches near the top (the end away from you) are left.
  5. Add beef strips on top of the flattened rice on the end nearest you. Do the same for the cheese, hotdogs and the cucumber.
  6. Now we are ready to roll. Starting from the end nearest you, roll the nori with all the fixings towards the end away from you. Leave about an inch open and wet this part with water to seal it.
  7. Once you're done rolling, you can choose to store it in the fridge to save it for later, or put it in the microwave or steamer to heat it up before eating.
  8. Enjoy!
You can even pack it as lunch or snack!
You can even pack it as lunch or snack! | Source

The Perfect "Baon" / Packed Meal

For Asians, rice rolls like kimbap or sushi are probably the most convenient meal we can take along with us to work or school. This is because we are rice eaters. We eat rice with meat or something else and the kimbap is perfect for that because it is small but it packs everything in there. It has meat, may it be beef, chicken, pork, squid, crabsticks, etc. It also has the fruits in vegetables: legumes, cucumber, spinach, etc. It also has the dairy if you add cheese! It's one complete meal!

So, aren't you convinced yet?

Some Variations

The kimbap is a very flexible and convenient recipe and can be made with almost any ingredient at home. Some other variations of the recipe are listed below. Feel free to explore.

  • ham and cheese
  • tuna
  • veggie
  • beef bulgogi/teriyaki
  • chicken teriyaki
  • crabsticks

...this list can typically go on forever! The key is to explore and adjust to your preferences. I've even tried using fried rice once. It wasn't as sticky but it was still yummy. So do not be afraid of trying out new things. We would not have all these delicious food in the world if the people just stuck to what they knew and were familiar with. Be bold and have fun! After all, that is what life is all about.

If you have some other recipe variations in mind, go ahead and try them and then let me know how it went in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

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