You’ll need one of these if you’re going to roll gimbap, although as I show you in the video they are not essential. Your gimbap will be a lot tighter when rolled with one though.

Bamboo gimbap mat

You can find them in the kitchenware section of Asian grocery stores, near the sushi-making ingredients in the supermarket, or on Amazon. They’re usually around $2 if sold alone, but often are sold with other accessories like rice paddles.


  1. eeng.. could u give me the hangul version of “kimbal”? my kor friend doesn’t seems to know what it is even though i explained it..

  2. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

    oh, I am too busy to update kitchenware section. I will try do it later. I clean it in runny water. Fold it in half and rub it together. I also sometimes use a soft brush. Thank you!

  3. InMySeoul& has 3 comments

    Oh also,
    How do you clean/wash your bamboo mats? I tried making kimbop the other day and I got sticky vinegar rice all inside of the bamboo…maybe it will just be easier to buy a new mat?

  4. InMySeoul& has 3 comments

    Just a suggestion, how about the stone pots/bowls that you use for jigae? :)

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