Since I've been here, I've tried my hand at multiple kinds of Korean food that I've never made before (simply because my mom would always make the food and she truly cannot be beat). I think I've had many successes with simple dishes like a pared down version of bibimbap (rice bowl served with veggies, fried egg, sesame seed oil and spicy chili paste) and Hobak Buchim (a savory zucchini pancake).
Perhaps the most exciting part of making Korean food is sharing the experience with friends. The foods are a reminder of home and family, whereas my friends haven't had the pleasure (and tasty goodness) of eating Korean food before. It's genuinely a wonderful thing for me to share my bit of culture with other people.
It isn't even necessarily just Korean food, but sharing a meal together in general. Cooking for friends is something that perhaps we don't do as often as we should. It's different from going out to eat together. Cooking for people is a way to show you care without actually having to say it. It's sharing, it's caring, it's coming together to not just eat, but enjoy each other. I also like the compliments when I happen to make something delicious. Haha.
It's a shame I didn't think to take more pictures of the food, but you'll just have to trust me that food has been made, shared, and eaten.