did you sleep as well as I did? If not, I know a good way to cheer you up: home-made food! And even better: home-made Korean food! I love to cook and after moving countries forever I of course picked up a lot along the way. Most of my friends in Japan were actually not Japanese but Korean exchange students which is why I have a lot of friends now since I moved to Korea :) I personally think it's most of the times easier to be friends with Koreans than Japanese because they are much more direct and open. Although I lived in Japan for almost 2 years I don't really have very close Japanese friends - but I have at least 10 very good and close Korean friends!
One thing my friends love as much as I do is cooking. I love how, in Korea, people are always gathering to enjoy some food together. I did a lot of cooking together with my Korean friends in Japan and everyone in my dorm is surprised that I can cook Korean. It's really not that hard if you learn the basics (which is: everything needs to be fried in sesame oil, use honey instead of sugar and get your hands on gochujang, Korean chili paste.) The rest is just doing what you'd usually do. So are you ready for a dish that is perfect for the end of summer? Refreshing and fiery at the same time, this is a treat when the seasons transfer from hot to chilly temperatures.
Bulgogi is, hands down, my favorite dish of Korean cuisine. I like marinated beef and I love the mixture of a tad spicy and sweet. This Bulgogi in a bowl dish was created because I don't own any plates so I always eat out of that one bowl I brought from Japan. So in order to cut on dishwashing and time I squeezed the bulgogi meat, a fresh salad and rice together in a single bowl and voilà: created was a wonderful dish. It's at the same time hot & cold, spicy, salty and sweet. I love it. Oh I also love bulgogi because it is superduper easy to make yourself at home! You don't even need much fancy sauces. Sesame oil and soy sauce should be sold at every major supermarket now and gochujang in Asian corners or Asian markets of your local town. If you can't get your hands on the Korean chili paste don't worry: You can also use fresh chillies or even chili powder.