In this special two hour, season two premiere, Tony's culinary journey takes him to the main hubs of Asian cuisine, Japan and China. In Japan, Tony visits Osaka where he learns all about the Hanshin Tigers-Yomiuri Giants baseball rivalry; to Japan's version of vaudeville, manzai; to kuidaore (eating oneself to ruin) where he samples takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and later sushi. From there, Tony meets up with an old friend, Michiko, where they travel to Kisoji for a water purification ritual; learn the exchange of meishi; and help celebrate Obon. Later, Tony attends a Hanshin Tigers game.
In China, a country Tony has never visited, he attempts to tackle as much of its cuisine and culture as he can in a short period of time. Beijing is Tony's first stop where he samples Peking duck, the nasty bits of a sheep, and a variety of noodles at a noodle house. Tony gets a lesson in Chinese calligraphy, and visits a doctor for some traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, fire cupping, and electroacupuncture. From there, Tony is off to Sichuan province, where he receive an unorthodox ear cleaning, visits the Jianfu Temple, center of Taoism during the Tang Dynasty, and samples Szechuan hotpot. Tony ends his visit, in a village outside of Chengdu for a family dinner that uses the old methods of Chinese cooking.