I was a fan of Bizzare foods when it first came out, then stopped watching as it started focusing on the 'gross out' factor instead of legitimately tasty, if somewhat offbeat, international food.
I saw a promo clip for the Chengu show calling Chengdu a paradise for hot food lovers, so I decided to give it a shot again, as I'm a huge chile-head. I was pleasantly surprised, it looks like AZ and Bizarre Foods might be getting its groove back.
I've never thought about visiting China before, but Chengdu seems like a pretty cool place, and all of the food looked incredible (save for the rabbit head, that one was a bit extreme for me, but since it's apparently 'girl food' in China, I guess I'm OK). Now I'm actually thinking about adding China, and Chengdu specifically, to my list of places to visit when time and money permit.
What were your thoughts on the episode? Anyone have experience with authentic sichaun cuisine similar to what was showcased? Down here in SW Florida the Chinese restaurants are pretty much of the super-Americanized variety, but I bet in NYC or other big cities there might be something approaching what was on the show.
For anyone who didn't see it, here is a clp:
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