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Kimbap from E-Mo tastes like Korea
February 28, 2011, 8:20 am
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When I think of kimbap, I think of my childhood. My mom used to make what can perhaps best be described as Korean sushi sans raw fish (basically, rice, pickles, veggies, and some sort of meat stuffed and rolled up in dried seaweed) for all of our road trips and picnics. It is the quintessential to-go Korean food item. When I lived in Seoul, we’d pick up some kimbap before heading off to the mountains to hike, and they would be just as tasty four hours later as right when they were made.

E-Mo is a takeout kimbap joint in Koreatown, and it’s just about as authentic a kimbap experience as I’ve ever seen in the States. Like its Korean cousins, the ingredients are true to Korea (they even use shisho leaves, American cheese, and canned tuna among other things – just like Korea), there is just a little counter at which to stand and eat, it’s cash only, and the kimbap is inexpensive – $5.50 or $6 a roll, plus 50 cents if you want brown rice instead of white rice – and served with a side of odeng broth.

This is the spicy tuna kimbap – I got mine with brown rice, and it came stuffed with tuna spiced with either sriracha or gochujang, pickled sweet daikon, sesame oil dressed spinach, julienned carrots, and this other pickled veggie that I don’t know the name of in English. It was  good ratio of rice to veggies to meat, though a tad dry, but that’s what the soup is for. If you’re looking for a quick bite or something to go in the Koreatown area, I recommend you give it a shot. This place will likely become a lunch staple for me once I start my new gig in March.

Eat: E-Mo (Koreatown/Midtown West) 2 W. 32nd Street between 5th Ave. and Broadway, New York, NY 10001. (212) 594-1466. Open Monday – Friday 8:30am-8:30pm, open Saturday 8:30am-7:30pm. See menu here – note that they are now also offering odeng ggotchi (fish cake skewers) for $2.50 apiece.


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