Monkey Abroad

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

Chiang Mai: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day (VIDEO)

July 25, 2016 by Kevin Cook | 9 Comments

We travel Chiang Mai, Thailand for 20 bucks in this episode!

For 20 dollars (700 baht), we got a room in a Chiang Mai hostel, ate a bunch of amazing Thai food and Thai street food, rented a motorbike, visited the Chedi Luang Wat and a ton of other temples, went cliff jumping in the “Grand Canyon,” and bought a gift for a friend at a Chiang Mai night market! Continue Reading →

TAIPEI: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Episode 5 (VIDEO)

July 17, 2016
by Kevin Cook
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TAIPEI: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Episode 5 (VIDEO)

With the Help of my friend, Pei, we travel Taipei, Taiwan for only $20 (640NT)! We ate SO MUCH Taiwanese food and Taiwan street food, and saw a ton of cool places. Check it out by clicking here. [UPDATE: 7/29/16] Parts of this video were censored before being shared to Chinese social media and video platforms. You can view the censored version here: http://www.bilibili.com/video/av5532200/
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BEIJING: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Episode 4 (VIDEO)

July 9, 2016
by Kevin Cook
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BEIJING: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Episode 4 (VIDEO)

We travel BEIJING, China and saw Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Street, Houhai, Nanluoguxiang, the Capital Museum, and other places. We ate roujiamo, Beijing style noodles, and other delicious Beijing street food and beer, PLUS we rented bicycles and got a room in a hostel – ALL FOR 20 DOLLARS (130RMB)! Mao Zedong would be impressed. Continue Reading →

STREET FOOD SHOWDOWN – Jianbing 煎饼 (VIDEO)

June 29, 2016
by Kevin Cook
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STREET FOOD SHOWDOWN – Ep. 1: Jianbing 煎饼 (VIDEO)

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! Continue Reading →

street food showdown

June 23, 2016
by Kevin Cook
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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
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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 →

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