The food that was laid out was very attractive and most appealing. Out came a bottle of wine and that began our 1st round of the famous Chinese toast " Kan-pei! ". There were many that night. The dishes came fast and furiously and almost all were decked with green or red hot chillies. Even the soup did not escape the "hotness".
Our host graciously asked if we were ok with spicy food. I replied that we eat a lot of food with some chillies back home but definitely not as much as they do here. The food was literally swimming in chillies...and they were really hot!
There were several interesting vegetable dishes that we tasted for the very 1st time...such as the root of the lotus plant [ Bottom picture - centre dish ]. Never realised they can be cooked and eaten. The taste? My verdict? Not to be missed !