Monkey Abroad

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


January 18, 2016
by Kevin Cook

Shanghai Warriors are the AFLC Champions

You might be surprised to know that China has a full-contact American football league (American Football League of China) and it is growing in popularity every year. I joined the Shanghai Warriors team in 2014, and this year, I dedicated a lot of my time to practicing with and playing with the team. This past weekend, on Saturday, January 16th, we played in the national championship game, and WON 37-30. Continue Reading →

Chinese foot massage

November 16, 2015
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Chinese foot reflexology: cure-all or hoax?

Foot reflexology based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet, with the premise that such work can have a physical change on the body. 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. Continue Reading →


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 →


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