The latest viral trend on social media is the frozen Kimbap from Trader Joe’s. Every Trader Joe’s has exhausted its stock, and it appears that some locations won’t see a restock until October! The sheer convenience of microwaving or quick pan-frying of this item played an important role in its surge in popularity.
The Kimbap sold by Trader Joe’s is more vegetarian friendly, offering a mix of sauteed greens, crisp root vegetables and savory braised tofu as fillings. However, the world of Kimbap fillings is wonderfully diverse, with options ranging from simple vegetables to juicy grilled pork bellies. The possibilities are endless.
Kimbap, traditionally, is known for its complex and time-consuming preparation, making it a dish often regarded as challenging. Creating a Kimbap involves several steps: first, the fillings are individually prepared and cooked. Then, with great care, you layer each component onto a sheet of seaweed and rice, before you cautiously roll everything together into the final product.
If all this talk of Kimbap is making you crave some but your local Trader Joe’s is sold out, here are some local spots that sell non-frozen, freshly made Kimbap.
6415 S Fort Apache Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89148
Monday – Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Newly opened in July, 2023, this charming spot is located conveniently adjacent to a popular KBBQ place. Inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of Korean delights, including bento boxes, side dishes (banchan), select meats, and an array of ready-to-eat meals. Their menu has a diverse selection of Kimbap options, priced between $7.99 to $9.99 (please note that prices may be subject to change). Ellen, the store manager, proudly shared that their Kimbap is expertly crafted in-house every day. To ensure that they are in compliance with health code standards, they have both morning and afternoon production schedules. That means you can enjoy fresh, delicious Kimbap any time of the day!
Dynamite Korean St. Food & Sushi/Grill
9711 S Eastern Ave. STE H07 Las Vegas, NV 89183
Open Wednesday -Monday 11:00AM – 3:00PM, 4:30PM – 10:00PM
Famous social media influencer Keith Lee, known as @keith_lee125 on Instagram, recently visited this joint and couldn’t help but rave about the entire restaurant experience. While not only for the Kimbap, Keith found something special about this place. On their menu, you’ll find an extensive range of dishes, from classic Korean specialties to sushi creations. While they offer a variety of sushi rolls, don’t overlook their signature ‘Kimbop’; a bomb of Korean street flood flavors, featuring spam, kimchi, radish, egg and sauteed spinach.
KUI – Korean Grill and Street Food
7400 Las Vegas Blvd. S Las Vegas, NV 89123 (Located in the Food Court of Las Vegas Premium Outlets)
Monday – Saturday 11:00AM – 7:30PM
Sunday 11:00AM – 6:30PM
A hidden gem inside Las Vegas South Premium Outlets! It occupies a spacious corner in the food court. Here, you can indulge in an array of Korean street food classics and discover captivating Korean fusion creations. Their current menu proudly features three distinct Kimbap options: beef bulgogi, spicy pork and spam & eggs. Each roll is freshly prepared to order, making it a convenient and tasty treat to enjoy while you shop.