Monkey Abroad

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

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 →

pigeon meat

August 12, 2014
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Roasted Pigeon

I love trying new food, especially when I have to travel to eat it. In the far west of China’s XinJiang province is a small city called Kashgar, where you can find an interesting Muslim Uyghur specialty: roasted pigeon. Click here to watch this three-minute video about my first experience with roasted pigeon. Continue Reading →

Karakoram Highway

August 5, 2014
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Journey Across China, Part 3 – Karakoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved road on earth. This mountainous stretch of highway runs between western China and Pakistan, and it’s one of the very few routes that crosses through the Himalayas. The mountains, pastures and lakes surrounding this region are absolutely stunning. You have to watch this video to believe what I’m talking about.

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Xi'an street food

July 30, 2014
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) The Best Xi’an Street Food

Hands down, my favorite part about visiting Xi’an was trying all kinds of new, delicious foods. Watch this special eight-minute video to see some of the street foods that I sampled during my recent trip to Shaanxi’s capital.

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