These Seaweed Rice Balls are also known as Jumeokbap, made only with 5 ingredients in less than 10 minutes. They are good for lunch bento or snacks or as a side dish eaten along with spicy foods.
We all know that you cannot help but feel hungry while watching the amazingly delicious food they eat in K-dramas. If you are an avid K-drama watcher, you have most likely been familiar with these Seaweed Rice Balls or also known as Jumeokbap. Rice is usually served warm in a metallic bowl in restaurants. Guests can mix the layered ingredients together with a pair of plastic gloves before rolling their own rice balls. Koreans occasionally make Seaweed Rice Balls to ease the pain from eating spicy food as rice is one of the food items that can extinguish the fire in your mouth.
Korean rice ball is called Jumeokbap (주먹밥) in Korean, which literally translated as “fist rice”. The reason why it has that funny name is that this dish consists of hand-shaped rice balls, no matter the size, ingredients, or seasonings used. The humble beginning of Jumeokbap can be traced from the old days when Koreans did not have the luxury and had to prepare simple and easy meals for basic sustenance.
Jumeokbap is versatile because it is easy to make and take anywhere to eat. Nowadays, families use leftover rice with a few other ingredients, form them into balls using their hands for convenient travel food or lunchbox additions.
How to Serve Seaweed Rice Balls
These Seaweed Rice Balls are actually very versatile because you can play with lots of filling variations, not only limited to seaweed only. You can try adding vegetables or meat into these rice balls to make them more fulfilling and nutritious. This menu is the best on-the-go lunch for adults or kids. But in Korea, they are especially known to go along with spicy foods.
I have a low tolerance for spicy food but cannot help to fulfill my cravings for Korean food. We all know that Koreans love a good spicy dish and use chili peppers in a number of dishes, and one of them is Dakgangjeong. Dakgangjeong (닭강정) is a deep-fried crispy chicken dish glazed in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce. I made this dish after watching a Korean variety show called Youn’s Kitchen. Seaweed Rice Balls are basically a tongue saver to relieve the spiciness of the sauce.
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