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a szechuan gold mine in {philly}…





Since I moved from Philly to California two years ago, so many new and great places have popped up in my hometown that I have yet to try. While home this past weekend, I knew I had to visit Han Dynasty. I’ve been hearing the best things about their Szechuan food {mostly from my awesome cousin and her boyfriend} and knew it would satisfy my spicy food cravings as well. It was honestly some of the best Chinese food {maybe the best} I’ve ever had. My favorites were the Dumplings in Chili Oil, Spicy Cucumbers, and the Dan Dan Noodles. I’m craving it already and making an outing with some friends in search of some good Szechuan in LA this weekend… — Joy


  1. Thx for the tip! Moved from Koreatown NYC to Philly last year and am psyched to not have to trek back there for good eats.

  2. Ohhhh Joy, don’t you mean your awesome cousin and her amazing boy friend told you that you had to visit Han Dynasty? 🙂

  3. oooh I love Han! Word of warning: So not a date spot. That sweet/garlicy/spicy smell lingers for days. PS- It’s all about the cold pork belly in chili sauce….

  4. nom nom, what an awesome post! time to get my craving of dan dan noodles again! we’ll eat for cliffla too.. 🙂

  5. If you are ever back down in San Diego and craving Szechuan, check out Ba Ren. Their dan dan noodles and anything with their spicy sauce is pretty much crack.

  6. These photos have got me drooling! On a funny side note, while you were tweeting about this I kept wondering why someone would name a restaurant “handy nasty”!! I’m so glad to be corrected 🙂

  7. I adore this place! So glad you finally got to go! How was the wait? I usually have to be an early bird there, even with a reservation. 8 mos preggo at the moment and I can’t wait long to eat 🙂 Those dumplings are my favorite.

  8. Kate,
    We went right when they opened on a Sunday so no was perfect! Id have a problem waiting too. and yeah, those dumplings are just SO good!
    Best to you during the rest of your pregnancy!

  9. Thanks for the great tip! I lived in Philly for 4 years (now also in LA) and miss that extensive Chinatown neighborhood (+ the $10 buses to NYC!). I’ll check this place out when I’m back in Sept…also for a family wedding 🙂

  10. I work on Second and Chestnut and regularly bemoan the fact that I can’t think of anyplace to get lunch, even though we’re surrounded by restaurants (kill me if I ever have to eat another cheesesteak…). Thanks so much for this fab recommendation; I’ll check it out tomorrow!

  11. Sabra,
    Yes, you must! Its best to go with a small group so you can try a bunch of things and share. Let me know what you think!


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