Han Dynasty’s Han Chiang is an immigrant. He hates Trump, too — even the mention of the president’s name could get you kicked out of his restaurant. He just wants everyone to get along.
South Philly Barbacoa’s Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez? They’re activists, mouthpieces for the city’s working immigrant community, the brains behind the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers Rights.
And tomorrow, the three of them will be making dumplings together.
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Han Chiang is a good guy. He’s one of those guys who, if we didn’t have him (and his Han Dynasty restaurants, but mostly him) here, in our restaurant scene, we’d be pissed that someone else had him. He’s a minor legend in the dining room. Is known for saying some really odd things (like when he claimed he was going to open a hundred Han Dynasties across the country in four years). And he’s got one of those social media presences that you just have to pay attention to because, sometimes, the attention pays off.
Like today. When he announced, apropos of nothing (or maybe of just the mood in the room, the city, the nation), that he was going to be starting “Han’s Kung Fu Cooking Club”–the stated goal of which is to have Han teach you how to cook while everyone hangs out watching his favorite Kung Fu movies.
Oh, but wait. It gets weirder.
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Orange Chicken Special at Han Dynasty
Han Chiang, the bombastic owner of Han Dynasty or Handy Nasty if you prefer, is preparing to “make Americanized Chinese food great again.” For a limited time, Chiang is serving an Orange Chicken dish on the menu of his Old City location. To go with the dish, he’s released the accompanying poster, which features a patriotic Chiang chasing a very orange caricature of Donald Trump as a chicken, with the headline; “Orange Chicken (white meat only)” on it.
Because Chiang usually shies away from American Chinese dishes, you won’t find General Tso’s chicken or pork fried rice at Han Dynasty. Instead, Chiang prefers the authentic heat of Sichuan cooking but he is offering this dish for a limited time. The orange chicken is listed at $12.95.
Han Dynasty – Old City [Foobooz]