Monkey Abroad

A blog about living in China and eating Chinese food. Videos, stories, photos, advice, and teaching ESL.

cool panda

December 20, 2014
by Kevin Cook

Statistically, I’m More Cool in China

This assumption is based on the number of views my videos receive in China compared to the west. A single video of mine, shared to Chinese social media and on Chinese video streaming websites like, and, received more total views in one day than all of my videos on YouTube combined. Chinese people like my stuff more than westerners, it seems. Continue Reading →

December 10, 2014
by Kevin Cook

Why I’m Glad Someone Stole my YouTube Video

Yesterday someone downloaded one of my videos from YouTube, then proceeded to re-upload the video to a Chinese video stream website called, all without my permission. At this point, I have two choices: 1) report the video as a violation of file sharing laws and have it removed, or 2) do absolutely nothing. Here’s why I’m choosing option #2… Continue Reading →

Chinese dumplings

December 7, 2014
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) 4 Best Chinese Dumplings

Dumplings are a central part of Chinese cuisine. Typically a dumpling consists of ground meat or vegetable filling wrapped up in a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is sealed shut by a dextrous pinch of the fingers. But that’s not to say that all dumplings are the same. Join me as I sample the 4 best types of Chinese dumplings served here in Shanghai. Continue Reading →

Uyghur ice cream

August 31, 2014
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Eating Creamy Uyghur Ice Cream in Kashgar, XinJiang

In the illuminated night market of Kashgar, one scent in particular is so sweet and alluring that I can’t resist. It’s the smell of creamy Uyghur ice cream, made fresh by Uyghur Muslim street vendors. Watch them churn up delicious homestyle ice cream using a cool roadside cart in this video. Continue Reading →

Shanghai High School International Division

August 25, 2014
by Kevin Cook

New Teacher on Campus at Shanghai High School International Division

After two months of traveling and relaxing in China, I’m finally settled in Shanghai and have all my crap moved in to my new apartment on-campus at SHSID (Shanghai High School International Division). It’s time to deactivate vacation mode and reboot into teacher mode, and I couldn’t be more excited. Continue Reading →

Grilled Squid

August 23, 2014
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Grilled Squid on the Beach in Weihai, Shandong

The only thing better than watching a Chinese street-side vendor cook is watching a beachside vendor cook. Feel the sand under your feet and the salty sea breeze in your hair as you enjoy this short video about cooking and eating squid on a stick. Continue Reading →

street food in China

August 19, 2014
by Kevin Cook

Is it Safe to Eat Street Food in China?

I’ve been receiving comments and emails lately warning me about the safety of the street food that I eat in my videos. It’s old news that food safety scandals are afoot in China, but it’s definitely not as bad as the media makes it out to be. As somebody who eats Chinese street food almost everyday, I want to shed some light on this gutter oil and rat meat sensationalism and restore foreigners’ courage to try street food in China. Continue Reading →


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