Han Dynasty owner Han Chiang is not exactly apolitical. He has strong opinions on how things in this country are going and even stronger ideas about how people should look out for each other when times are tough.
So when it came time to figure out how to celebrate Han Dynasty’s 10th anniversary (which happened this past Sunday), he decided to do something good for the community. Namely, to give free dan dan noodles to those who really need them — in particular, those with no health insurance. This is how “DanDanCare” was born.
He announced it late last week via his Facebook page. And now he’s looking for your help.
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Han Chiang on the line. Photograph by Gene Smirnov.
Everyone who walked through the door on the night of the first-ever meeting of Han Chiang’s Kung Fu Cooking Club was handed a release. It was a single page, full of somewhat slapdash legalese, but the best part was toward the bottom:
“I acknowledge that Han says crazy shit. I will not be offended by what Han says. I agree not to sue Han for whatever crazy shit he says. This is America, you can say what you want. It’s the first fucking amendment!!”
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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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Tonight, Friday, May 6th, Han Chiang will be at the grill of Pat’s Steaks cooking up cumin pepper steaks. The Han Dynasty owner will be turning out his steaks from 9 p.m to midnight this evening.
Chiang’s appearance is part of Pat’s Steaks continuing Guest Chef Series. Owner Frank Oliveri has been inviting chefs to come up with their own twists on the cheesesteak. Participants have included Marc Vetri, Jose Garces and even vegetarian cheesesteaks from chef Sally Eisenberg.
Pat’s Steaks [Foobooz]
We’re going to venture a guess here and assume that Chinese dynamo restaurateur Han Chiang is NOT a Jew (in the words of the immortal Adam Sandler). But he’s clearly versed enough in the ways of Christmastime cooking to know the stereotype of the Jew on Christmas: Chinese food and a movie. Well this year, he’s actually preparing a feast for Hanukkah and throwing in some Christmas craft beer for fun.
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Scary moment for Han Chiang of Han Dynasty. The owner of six Han Dynasty locations in the Philadelphia area plus another two in New York (upper West Side has softly opened), narrowly avoided tragedy when a driver crashed through the storefront of his Royersford location. According to a Facebook post, Chiang was napping a foot from the impact. Luckily Chiang was uninjured and the driver was apprehended.
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Munchies has another “Chef’s Night Out” videos, and this time they’re hanging out with Han Chiang, some of his crew from Han Dynasty, and a bunch of other Philly notables. It takes all of 49 seconds before the director shows the Rocky statue for the first time, but after that, things settle down into a kind of pinwheel of debauchery in which Han and his crew drink, talk Szechuan food, drink, talk shit, do shots, talk with Ben and Christina Miller from Barbacoa, eat some testicles, do more shots, eat a lamb eyeball taco, go to Amis, decapitate a pig, drink more, go to Prime Stache for wings (and more drinks), then head back to Han Dynasty for Szechuan hot pot and a philosophical walk-off where Han talks about playing Clash Of Clans and wonders where all the strippers are.
Really, it’s the kind of thing you have to see for yourself.
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Photo via Drexel University
The Drexel University men’s basketball team is travelling to China to play four games against Chinese University and professional teams. To get the team ready for Chinese culture, the school invited the occasionally foul-mouthed and bombastic Han Chiang, owner of seven Han Dynasty restaurants, to come in and give them food to try and also offer some tidbits to avoid culture shock.
Among Chiang’s tips:
- Never hold the door open for someone
- Never let someone pay for the bill without fighting for it
- Don’t waste food
- And take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity
Han Dynasty Owner Gives Drexel Men’s Basketball Team a Taste of China [Drexel University]
Han Dynasty – University City [Foobooz]
Tonight’s monthly industry night at Amis will feature chef Brad Spence and co-conspirator Han Chiang of Han Dynasty creating a free feast centered on the “holy trinity” of pork, pickles and chicken wings.
Chiang promises to show off dishes that have never been seen at any of his Han Dynasty locations. Discounted drinks, including Yards Pynk, Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA and Tsingtao will be available. Beverage Director Steve Wildy will also be getting in on the fun with Tapioca Milk Punch, spiked Watermelon Cooler and Amis punch.
As always, bring a pay stub and valid ID for admission.
Han Dynasty – Old City [Foobooz]