Han Dynasty [Twitter]
Han Dynasty Old City is celebrating its one-year anniversary at 123 Chestnut, and it’s doing so by giving away free Dan Dan noodles this week through Tuesday, October 21st (Lunch is included). All you have to do to get the delicious dan dan is this:
Step 1: Go to said Han Dynasty.
Step 2: Post “Happy Hanniversary” to any social media (Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Myspace, whatever you’re into) in front of a manager or server.
Step 3: Order an entree to go with the noodles.
Step 4: Receive and eat dan dan noodles at Han Dynasty.
But don’t bring your friends, or too many of them. The deal is only one order of noodles per party.
Han Dynasty [f8b8z]
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.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25th, Han Dynasty in Old City and Sixpoint Brewing are collaborating on a special Taste the Seis dinner that will showcase Sixpoint’s SEISon Farmhouse ale. The five-course, five-beer dinner is $50. Only a few tickets are available so call (215) 922-1888 for details.
It’s been a little while since the last time Han Dynasty did one of their “First Monday” tasting dinners–as a matter of fact, the last one I can recall was in the former Old City location, prior to Han’s moving on up to his new digs in the old Reserve Steakhouse at 123 Chestnut.
But now that things are (somewhat) settled at the new address, the parties are starting up again. So on Monday night, February 3rd, at 7pm, Han Chiang himself will be back to host the inaugural dinner in the new Old City space–a 10-course feast full of lobster, abalone and Szechuan-style sausages.
Seats are $50 per person. And yes, reservations are required. Undecided? Check out the night’s menu after the jump.
In this month’s edition of Philadelphia magazine, I talk with Han Chiang about Szechuan food, weed, his upbringing, his early days as a restaurant owner, New York City, his plans for the future (next stop: Beverly Hills) and what to do when you find an unconscious food writer in your bed on opening night.
Han Dynasty owner Han Chiang is taking over [Philadelphia Magazine]
We already knew that Adam Platt, critic at New York magazine, was a fan of the new Han Dynasty that opened last year on 3rd Avenue in New York. He gave it three glowing stars in his early review and gushed over everything from the ubiquitous dan dan noodles to the hot pots.
In any serious food city in America, there exists a cadre of chefs and restaurateurs who are the Big Dogs. The guys (because, yeah, it’s almost always guys) who, by the weight of their presence on the scene, tend to define the scene—particularly to those from outside the scene, who don’t live and breathe the scene, who, maybe, just eat out a few times a month and don’t track, with OCD fanaticism, the movements of every chef and investor within the scene.
Think about Charlie Trotter in Chicago (RIP) and the upstarts who’ve been siphoning off his ink for the past decade. Think about New Orleans, with its deep reverence for tradition, age and Emeril Lagasse; Denver, with its magnetic pull on the young and wickedly talented; or Seattle, where they worship at the altar of the farm-to-table movement but still flock to the restaurants of Tom Douglas, who, with 15 spots in a city genetically opposed to chain restaurants, is like a mini-chain-emperor unto himself.
In Philly, we have Stephen Starr, Marc Vetri and Jose Garces—our culinary trinity, each of them big for different reasons, each of them representing an aspect of ourselves. There are chefs in town who have more restaurants than Vetri, but no one who has brought such high-gloss glory to our Italian roots. Jose Garces isn’t the most critically beloved of Philadelphia chefs, but he’s on TV. He’s Iron Chef Garces, and with his ever-expanding roster of addresses both here and elsewhere, he speaks to something in our immigrant hearts with his Cuban sandwiches, Irish whiskey, Spanish tapas, tacos, dumplings, noodles and Chicago deep-dish pizzas. And Starr? He’s got money. And connections. With his older places, he’s feeding tourists and rubes, keeping the flame of wasabi mashed potatoes alive in the hearts of the culinarily backward. And with his newer locations, he’s become our most brilliant producer—bringing in major talent, giving them a place to work, then sitting back and watching them go. He’s the Phil Spector of the Philadelphia restaurant scene, only, you know, without the crazy Afro and the murder.
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