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Chengdu 成都, Sichuan 四川, China — The rabbit head odyssey began at Chengdu Mix Hostel, where “Mix” agreed to take a group of rabbit head eating rookies if there were at least five of us. I convinced the five at the table then managed to recruit a few more to indulge in the adventure. A few blocks away from the hostel, we arrived at an average looking restaurant and ordered eleven rabbit heads – all Sichuan spice flavored, but three.
The lesson began for how to eat rabbit head.
I chose the Sichuan flavored rabbit head.
Start with eating the meat off the cheeks. No problem here, it was more tender than chicken. Next, remove the bottom jaw and eat the tongue and the piece of skin from the roof of the mouth. Take the bottom jaw and pull the left side from the right. These two pieces become tools. Using one tool, scoop out the eyes from both sides. These didn’t taste strange at all; the eyes only felt like tender piece of meat, again.
Using the tool again, pry off the piece covering the brain. The rabbit brain was the size of an egg yolk and had the texture of a hard boiled egg yolk. The taste was comparable to a hard boiled egg yolk if not richer.
How was it, Shanti? 不错！Not bad! The Sichuan flavor was delicious and candy coated the experience. The textures weren’t so different from eating meat off a rib. If it weren’t for my bias towards eating anything with a face, I might eat this more often.