Connecting Through Food Project

two students cooking in the Segundo Dining Commons for a cooking competition

UC Davis Connecting Through Food Project aims to collect and distribute beloved recipes from our community so that everyone can learn and enjoy.

Food is culture. Food is memory. We all have recipes that we cook at home or eat with people whom we love. Sharing a meal together can be a practice self-care and celebration of community. Showcase your culture, whether local or global and special memories by submitting your favorite recipe and/or backstory.

Share your recipes and stories with us! 

In this survey, you will be asked to share your recipe and a little story behind it, in either text or media form. Please check out our example submissions for help.

View the amazing recipes submitted by our community members! Many of these recipes are family traditions passed down for generations. 

View recipes by the community!

Watch for our campaign to feature the stories and recipes! Participants will be entered into a raffle for a special prize. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Example Submissions:

  • Dabin’s Story on Jeyuk Bokkeum 
  • The recipe called spicy pork aka “jeyuk bokkeum” is from my mom in Korea. When I was back in Los Angeles, I often went to Korean restaurants to enjoy something spicy because that is what I have enjoyed eating since young. Moving to Davis, I indulged in lots of good foods, but I sometimes missed some spicy foods back in Korea. This recipe is one of many popular Korean BBQ dishes. It is really easy and does not take up a whole lot of time for me to make. I cook this recipe about once a week.


    300g pork shoulder
    1 tbsp red pepper powder
    1 tbsp sugar
    1⁄2 white onion
    1⁄4 cup green onion
    1⁄2 tbsp sesame oil
    1 1⁄2 tbsp Gochujang
    1 1⁄2 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp minced garlic
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (optional) 1 green chili pepper (optional)
    1 tbsp sweet rice seasoning (optional

    Recipe Procedure:

    1. Prepare a bowl to make the sauce. Put 1 tbsp red pepper powder, 1 tbsp sugar, 1⁄2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 1⁄2 tbsp Gochujang, 1 1⁄2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp black pepper, and 1 tbsp sweet rice seasoning (optional).
    2. Mix them well together and set them aside
    3. Prepare 300g pork shoulder and cut them into bite sizes.
    4. Put the pork into the bowl with the sauce and mix well.
    5. Set them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This step makes the sauce absorb into
    the pork.
    6. Meanwhile, slice 1⁄2 white onions and 1 green chili pepper.
    7. After 30 minutes, take out the bowl from the refrigerator and mix with onions and green 
    chili pepper.
    8. Turn heat to medium-high and put 1 tbsp of olive oil. 1 tbsp water can substitute for the oil. The reason for putting oil/water is to prevent the sauce from sticking on the pan.
    9. Put everything on the pan and stir well.
    10. When the meat starts to turn brown, add 1⁄4 cup of green onions.
    11. Stir well since the sauce easily gets on the pan.
    12. The dish is done when the sauce gets sticky on the pan and the meat is fully cooked.
    13. Serve with rice or salad.

  • Check out Dabin's recipe stories and video inspirations! (Please note that video submissions are optional.)


About the Sponsors:

At Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being and Global Affairs, we believe that making connections are essential to health and well-being. Through food and our stories, our local and global cultures and memories live on. Food is the perfect vehicle to bring everyone together around a table.

At Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being, we believe individual health and well-being includes awareness, commitment and open-mindedness. Community health and well-being includes collaboration, integrity and inclusion. Learn more about the mission, vision, and values of our program by visiting our About Us webpage

The mission of UC Davis Global Affairs is to inspire global curiosity, understanding, and engagement. Global Affairs makes transformative opportunities a reality by supporting the thousands of students and faculty learning and researching globally—and by facilitating collaborations that tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through more than 150 global partnerships. Learn more about Global Affairs on their website.