Monkey Abroad

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

(VIDEO) China 2014 Travel Video

January 25, 2015 by Kevin Cook | 2 Comments

2014 was a year spent almost entirely in China. I traveled to 11 cities in five provinces in the PRC and filmed way more footage than was necessary. This video is just some of those extra shots compiled in no particular order, just for fun. Enjoy the randomness.

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cool panda

December 20, 2014
by Kevin Cook

I’m Bigger in China

The contextually ambiguous title is actually 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 →

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 →


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