123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
You know what? I walked into Han Dynasty and I saw what looked like an old congressional building turned bar, turned Chinese restaurant. The place is gorgeous inside and the decor is real modern and corny Chinese. I saw the clientele and I saw most of the staff and when there was not a single Chinese person in sight, I started to worry. "Is the food going to be good??" Even when looking at the menu, you'll see lots of the Northern style Sichuan options, but I was wondering if this was going to be legit Chinese food or just Chinese food to satisfy the masses.
We ordered their popular Dan Dan Noodles ($7.95), "Hot Sauce" style Pork ($13.95), and Fried Dumplings ($6.95). The Dan Dan Noodles are brought to the table first where the server will then mix the chili oil, sesame paste, and minced pork together for you to really spread the love. I thought the warm noodles were done so damn well. Every "slurp" had a nice mix of chili oil and sesame paste, and the minced pork was good too.
The Hot Sauce Style Pork was slices of pork tossed with sichuan peppercorns, veggies, and chili oil. The pork slices were so incredibly tender and tasty. I loved the pork slices and they really soak that sauce up nicely.
The fried dumplings were OK. The skin is very thick, while the meat was merely alright. The exterior wasn't as crisp as one would hope and more doughy than anything. Excessively oily and easily my least favorite of the night.
The food here, though not the most authentic, was mostly downright delicious and with large portion sizes. It needs to be noted that they offer quite a variety of menu options that I'm sure you won't find at many places in Philadelphia. The service was incredible as your greeted with genuine care and friendliness. Despite my initial concerns and expectations, I really enjoyed my visit at Han Dynasty and would certainly come back.
Ambience: A | Service: B+ | Price: B | Food: B+