The various dishes are chosen by the host....sometimes we play a part in the choices. The server starts bringing the bowls, platters and baskets filled with food. There is often a whole fish, several kinds of vegetables, pork, chicken, beef and occasionally frog. It is good when someone can identify what it is that you are eating! Some dishes are very spicy..made with red/green peppers. You NEVER eat the peppers, although someone usually does and is sorry for it!
At one very formal dinner we were served a chicken dish with the chicken's comb and feet.