Posted by Arthur Etchells on February 20th, 2013
Last night Han Chiang hosted a beer dinner at Han Dynasty with Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal. The dinner featured five-courses and 15 or so plates of Han’s fiery food paired with Stillwater beers. Strumke, a gypsy brewer specializes in farmhouse style beers which pair especially well with spicy food.
Chiang was his bombastic self, stating “any American food, I can do better.” He made this statement as he dropped off a plate of sichuan French fries which were a compelling reason that he might be right. Chiang also stated he wants to do a food truck. No timeframe but he wants it to operate at Temple, where “there are no rules.” Chiang has also been scouting locations for a Han Dynasty in the East Village of New York.
Posted by Foobooz on January 30th, 2013
The first Monday of every month is Han Dynasty’s ridiculous monthly tasting dinner in Old City. The multi-course feast is hosted by Han Chiang himself and features everything from spicy beef jerky to Stir Fry Triple Shreds (pictured). The dinner is set for February 4th at 7 p.m. for just $25.
Call (215) 922-1888 for reservations.
Posted by Foobooz on November 28th, 2012
Tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, Han Dynasty in University City is hosting a beer dinner with Meadville, PA’s Voodoo Brewing. Han Chiang and Voodoo’s master brewer Matt Allyn will both be there, as will their collaborative Szechuan Imperial Russian Stout. The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes four-courses and beer pairings for $55.
Posted by Foobooz on October 29th, 2012
It’s a tale of two chefs at Spice 28. Chefs Danny Teng and “Mister Ma” churn out Sichuan and Asian-fusion fare. Trey Popp likes the price point and Mister Ma’s Sichuan specialties.
I’ve liked the Sichuan side of things the best. Dry-pot lamb was electric with ginger and Sichuan peppercorns. That ma la tingle also permeated one of the best (and prettiest) ma po tofu presentations I’ve ever tasted.
But Sichuan is more than just hot-and-numbing, and so is chef Ma’s cooking. The sourness of his quick-blanched, chilled potato shreds was bewitching. The sweet-hot cucumber salad? It’s on par with the version served at Han Dynasty.
Two Stars – Good
Posted by Trey Popp on September 5th, 2012
Remember all that nonsense a few years back about water sommeliers? How there were thousands of brands of bottled water out there, and pretty soon the world’s Michelin-steered gourmets would be perusing water menus to slake their thirst?
I know what you’re thinking: turns out the Great Recession had an upside, after all.
Anyway, I thought I’d forgotten about those H2O evangelists (and their unlikely apologists) for good—until a clear sip from a cold glass at the new Han Dynasty brought the memory gushing forth.
Posted by Arthur Etchells on June 25th, 2012
On Friday night I checked out the newest location of Han Dynasty even as the heavens dropped a deluge that turned much of Market Street in University City into the mighty Yellow River. This location of Han Dynasty has comfortably taken over the MidAtlantic space without much of a redo. And for the many of fans of Han Chiang’s restaurants, the food is every bit as good as his Old City location.
One new thing is the addition of Katie Loeb’s cocktail list. Inspired by the drinks of old-school Chinese-American restaurants, but done right with housemade batches of grenadine, passionfruit syrup and ginger beer, these drinks were a fun way to start off the night but really stood out when the spicy Sichuan fare arrived. The kick of the dry pepper infused Sinorita softened when paired with spicy cucumbers. The tartness from the lemon juice in the Port Light mellowed when it washed down the dry pot.
Loeb’s menu includes tradtional drinks like the Scorpion Bowl and Port Light as well as original creations like the Sinorita and Chengdu Mule. The drink list is quite reasonable, ranging from $6 to $9, the only downside, no giant bowl to share among 4-6 of your friends.
Posted by Foobooz on May 17th, 2012
A little birdie tells us that Han Dynasty has opened its doors at 38th and Market. This Han Dynasty replaces Daniel Stern’s Midatlantic. It is the fifth location of Han Chiang’s expanding empire.
The University City location of Han Dynasty will feature a cocktail program devised by noted local bartender (And now author) Katie Loeb. Expect kitschy drinks like the Scorpion Bowl and Flaming Volcano.
Posted by Foobooz on February 14th, 2012
Han Chiang’s Han Dynasty has legions of fans and now one of them has written and recorded a rap song professing his love for the Emperor of Sichuan. Musician Brad Podray has a rap song that pretty much perfectly describes the Handynasty experience.
Han dynasty Han dynasty
We goin to feast at han dynasty
Sichuan style So worthwhile
Let your mouth feel the heat
Bounce yo ass to the beat
Vietnamese sausage is good for your health
But where’s the general tso’s?
Hey go fuck yourself
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