I’ve mentioned before how I like the kimbap shop Kim Ga Ne (I recommend the spicy anchovy and chilli kimbap). But recently I tried Teacher Kim’s kimbap (김선생) and oh, this kimbap is so good….
It was 5pm and I wasn’t really hungry as I had had a late lunch. But I was walking past the Kim Seon Saeng shop, and it looked very inviting so I though I might as well get a couple of kimbap and SAVE THEM FOR LATER. But when I got home, I opened the box JUST TO TRY ONE SLICE and ended up eating EVERY BIT OF KIMBAP IN THE BOX. I usually go for something spicy, but this time I tried the basic vegetable kimbap. (2,900 won) It has less rice and more crunchy vegetables than usual, so the texture is light and fresh. The vegetables are finely sliced rather than chunky which I really liked too. Divine. 김선생 Kim seon saeng are here on Facebook.
I was attracted to this kimbap shop because it looks so clean and modern. It has a large window that looks out onto the road and you can see the cooks at work through the window – always a good sign.
It’s only a small shop with about 6 tables for 2. But I expect most of the business is po-jang (take-out). One lady was eating in when I arrived, and then three of us were waiting for po-jang. The shop is new and clean with wooden tables. Everything has a natural feel. Bottles of in-house sesame oil are on sale at the counter.
According to the menu, the ‘hit’ kimbaps are 크림 치즈 김밥 cream cheese kimbap and 매운 제육쌈 김밥 spicy pork kimbap. But next time I think I will try the 튀김 김밥 fried prawn and squid kimbap.
Apart from the nicer shop interior and in-house sesame oil for sale, another sign that this kimbap is posher than normal kimbap is that it is served in a bag with the shop’s name printed on it. In your average shop the kimbap will come in a black nameless bag.
The service was great with friendly and helpful staff who suggested I order the vegetable kimbap (since I’m trying not to eat red meat). I usually have to specifically ask for kimbap WITHOUT HAM. But then when I get home the kimbap may well have ham in it, anyway. (That’s happened more than once. I think they just make it without thinking as in some shops ALL kimbap seems to have ham in it.) Once when I was eating in the shop I pointed out to the server that I had ordered the kimbap without ham and he replied, ‘well you can pick it out.’ Thanks. luckily I’m not a strict vegetarian.
Here each kimbap comes in its own box with information on the box in Korean emphasising the natural ingredients that are used and reminding us that we should eat our kimbap ideally within one hour of purchase as the ingredients are very fresh.
The kimbap has a thin layer of rice and the centre is packed with finely sliced cucumber, carrot, and burdock. Also egg (not too sweet) and radish. I usually don’t like the radish in kimbap – it’s too chunky and the colour is too luminescent yellow – it worries me. But this radish looks more natural and is not too sweet (or chunky) either. I ate all of the above kimbap like I was in some kind of speed eating competition – AND I WASN’T EVEN HUNGRY! 😀
According to their Facebook Page they have just opened some new restaurants. One is near Seoul National University Station (line 2) exit 2. Go straight past the KB Bank and it’s on the left.
Another one has opened near Yeoksam station (line 2) in Gangnam. Exit 2 or 3 by the Gangnam Finance Centre (강남 파이낸스센터)
For the Mapo branch take exit 1 Mapo subway station (purple line 5) and go straight towards the Mapo Ramian apartments. See below.