We also learn that the people in Sichuan like to eat bunny heads. Yes, bunny heads. Bourdain also happens to enjoy this street-food delicacy, going into detail about how great rabbit brains taste while singing a perverted version of "Peter Cottontail" and threatening to make the dish next Easter. After, there's more offal, more spice, and more friends. Bourdain, Ripert, and their dinner-mates crowd around a hot pot and indulge family-style as, once again, Ripert quietly wants to die. Even Bourdain's drowning himself in lager and gasping for breath. And, unfortunately for their gastrointestinal tracts, the episode's barely 20 minutes in.
The fancy stuff
The section opens with Bourdain ditching the selfie-happy Ripert for a solo noodle adventure while Ripert continues to happily get mistaken for Tony around town. Then we get a super-cool cooking montage that moves from a kid selling prawns in the street to a chef rolling out noodles old school-style in a gorgeous, wood-laden kitchen. A fine-dining restaurant changing the face of Sichuan cuisine serves as the episode's highbrow nod and the food -- hand-cut noodles with duck egg yolk, delicate ribbons of marinated carrots, braised beef shank with chili oil, all plated and served with a sense of elegant simplicity -- looks incredible. For once, Ripert's right at home.