Our dua jiao xiao bao, or spicy steamed pork buns, are filled with pork and salted chiles, a condiment unique to Hunan province.
Sealed tightly in a simple yeasted dough, the buns await cooking in the steamer.
Long-grain and glutinous (sweet) rice are toasted before being ground in the food processor.
The coarsely ground rice grains coat the white fish and are nestled in a lotus leaf for steaming.
Red chile peppers add color and a bit of heat to Hunan cooking.
The surprise favorite of the evening was an omelet filled with fine slivers of daikon radish.