Monkey Abroad

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

(VIDEO) Getting a Chinese Foot Massage in Shanghai

November 16, 2015 by Kevin Cook | 1 Comment

Foot reflexology, or foot massage, has long been part of Chinese tradition and culture. It is believed that a foot massage can not only maintain and promote health but also cure a variety of ailments. In this video, I get a foot massage to see if I experience any noticeable medical benefits.

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January 25, 2015
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) China 2014 Travel Video

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. 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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