Monkey Abroad

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


June 29, 2016 by Kevin Cook | 2 Comments

Jianbing 煎饼 is a simple, crunchy breakfast snack served all over China, and it’s my favorite Chinese street food. There are two vendors in my neighborhood, but there’s only enough room for ONE jianbing in my stomach! It’s time for a STREET FOOD SHOWDOWN!

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street food showdown

June 23, 2016
by Kevin Cook

STREET FOOD SHOWDOWN (new video series coming soon)

These two vendors live in my neighborhood in Shanghai and both cook my FAVORITE Chinese street food – 煎饼 (jiānbing), a delicious, crispy breakfast pancake. BUT… only ONE can be the CHAMPION jianbing vendor. Prepare yourself for this truly epic clash of culinary titans in the first ever STREET FOOD SHOWDOWN! Continue Reading →

Sichuan Peppercorn will NUMB your Mouth – 麻辣 málà (VIDEO)

June 19, 2016
by Kevin Cook

Sichuan Peppercorn will NUMB your Mouth – 麻辣 málà (VIDEO)

China’s Sichuan province is famous for its numbingly spicy food. We visited Chengdu, the province’s capital, to give the signature Sichuan spice (málà 麻辣) a taste test at an outdoor market. WARNING: Watching this video may cause you to lose all feeling in your mouth. Continue Reading →

travel Chengdu

June 14, 2016
by Kevin Cook

CHENGDU: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Episode 3 (VIDEO)

Can you travel Chengdu for 20 dollars (130RMB) per day? We visited Chengdu—the capital city of China’s Sichuan Province—with the help of Trevor James, a fellow YouTuber and food blogger. His passion for street food is impressive, and he showed us a ton of cheap local specialties to help make this the best episode of 20 Dollar Traveling yet! Continue Reading →

travel Hangzhou

May 17, 2016
by Kevin Cook

HANGZHOU: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Episode 2 (VIDEO)

Is it possible to travel Hangzhou, China for 20 dollars a day – including breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, and transportation? Thanks to the help of my local consultant, 高峻 (Neo), I was able to see a lot of the city, eat so much delicious food, and even get a haircut and shave, ALL for 20 dollars (130 RMB)! Continue Reading →

foreigners who speak chinese

May 7, 2016
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Can you 说中文?This Video is for You

Are you a 外国人 who can speak Chinese? Or a 中国人 who can speak English? This 视频 is for you! [Update: 5/16/16] On the Monkey Abroad Facebook page, this video has more than 250k views, mostly from students who are studying Chinese, it seems. Great support from folks who can appreciate the humor of the video!
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20 Dollar Travel

April 19, 2016
by Kevin Cook

20 Dollar Traveling! Video Series: 2016 Schedule

Holy Cow! 我的天啊!It seems like this 20 Dollar Travel video series might actually work out! The pilot episode of 20 Dollar Traveling (Shanghai) was relatively popular, especially in China. In fact, lots of opportunities have suddenly emerged after the video went viral on Chinese social media, which makes me very excited for what’s ahead. Anyway, check out this post to view a preliminary schedule for the upcoming series. Continue Reading →


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