Han Dynasty Offers Free Dan Dan Noodles to the Uninsured

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’s Kung Fu Cooking Club

Han Chiang on the line. Photograph by Gene Smirnov.

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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Get in On These Han Dynasty-South Philly Barbacoa Collaboration Dumplings

Han Dynasty South Philly Barbacoa Dumplings for Caviar

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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Here’s the Strangest (and Maybe the Best) Food News You’ll Read All Day

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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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Han Dynasty Running a Trump Special

Orange Chicken Special at Han Dynasty

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.

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Han Dynasty at Pat’s Steaks

han chiang pats steaks 400Tonight, 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]

Celebrating HAN-ukkah with Han Chiang, Bell’s and Terrapin

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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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Driver Crashes Through Han Dynasty Window

han-dynasty-royersford-940Scary 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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Han Chiang Decapitates A Pig For Munchies

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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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