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]
Craig LaBan makes the reverse commute to Mount Laurel, New Jersey to find a Chinatown chef is now offering Taiwanese and Sichuan dishes in a South Jersey strip mall.
the real reason to come are the genuine Taiwanese and Sichuan dishes that earned Chu (a Taiwanese native trained under Sichuan chefs) his well-deserved reputation. Sichuan food, of course, has found mainstream popularity in the region, and CHUlicious serves excellent renditions of familiar bellwethers: Chu’s vegetarian ma po tofu is my favorite, the bean curd cubes patiently infused with the fruity heat of a sauce made with three different chilies, then dusted with a finely ground haze of Sichuan peppercorns that numbs the lips. The crystal wontons are another must, the same chicken dumplings as in the soup, but mounded over a bull’s-eye of earthy chili sauce and spotted with garlicky sweet black soy.
Two Bells – Very Good
CHUlicious: At a modest Mount Laurel BYOB, hard-to-find Taiwanese and Sichuan specialties [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The former chef and owner of Four Rivers in Chinatown has brought his skills to New Jersey. CHUlicious, a restaurant serving up Taiwanese cuisine with Szechuan influences, may be the new kid on the block, but it’s already garnering up some positive buzz (5 stars on Yelp).
Some of the restaurant’s dishes include Dan Dan Noodles, Hunan Crispy Fish and Cold Cucumbers in a Chili Oil. The restaurant is located at 1200 S. Church Street, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.
Han Dynasty in Old City isn’t the only location of Han Chiang’s empire that is doing fun things. Han Dynasty in University City is hosting a beer dinner this Wednesday, December 4th with Stone Brewing. Each of the five courses (three different dishes per course) will be paired with a beer from the Southern California brewery including a couple of their most unusual.
The dinner is $60 plus tip and begins at 7 p.m. in the newly completed expansion of the restaurant. All of the dishes will be off-menu selections that have never been seen on the regular menu. Chiang himself will be serving up the dishes and Lee Marren from Stone Brewing will also be there.
Tickets can be reserved by calling Han Dynasty at 215-222-3711.
Stone Brewing menu at Han Dynasty »
Han Chiang has graduated, shutting down his beloved (if small) Han Dynasty in Old City and moving the Szechuan restaurant across the street into the enormous, opulent 180-seat space formerly occupied by Reserve steakhouse (among other operations). The bar manager from the University City location has come over to craft a cocktail program for the new space. The menu is roughly the same burn-your-face-off-spicy Chinese food that’s served at all of Chiang’s other locations (at the same price point, despite the upgraded digs), but he’s added a late-night menu inspired by Taiwanese street food, served fast and cheap across a small second bar on the main floor. Highlights include the dry pepper fried chicken wings and the pork belly buns, but be on the lookout for frequent changes as Chiang tinkers with the new board.
Han Dynasty [Foobooz]
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Red Kings 2 is now open at 1006 Race Street in Chinatown. Like the orignal at 933 Race Street, this one offers spicy Sichuan specialties like Dan Dan noodles and hard-to-resist soup dumplings. This location is offering long hours, open till 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Red Kings 2 [Yelp]
Photo via friedwontons4u
Han Chiang received a parking ticket while napping in his car yesterday. And his anger is resulting in free dan dan noodles for anyone who comes into the Old City Han Dynasty and shows the staff their own parking ticket.
From Han Dynasty’s Facebook page »
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.
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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.
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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.
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