Bacon: While the veggie dishes may be top-notch, Han Dynasty has really mastered the art of meat preparation. They offer 10+ different ways to order your chicken, beef, pork, scallops… and even rabbit (if you’re into that – I’m still tentative). I went with a classic, chicken Kung Pao style. While it is rated as a 3 on the spicy scale, which Han Dynasty conveniently works into their menu, what’s nice about this restaurant is that you can adjust the heat level to your tastes. I went with the 3 just because I know that Han doesn’t mess around with their spice – and I wasn’t in the mood to have my taste buds destroyed anyway. I recommend following my lead; the Kung Pao chicken definitely still had some kick, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Served sweet-and-spicy with peanuts, celery, and chili peppers, this Kung Pao may be the best there is. Han Dynasty has the amazing ability to elevate all of their flavors and transform a relatively standard dish into an indescribably delicious experience. I also ordered the fried dumplings to go along with my chicken, because I really just can’t go to a Chinese restaurant and not get some. These dumplings also prove Han Dynasty’s masterful skill of this cuisine; they were perfectly crispy with just the right amount of pork on the inside. The sauce that comes with it also accompanies the dish perfectly by adding a slightly spicy tang to the already delicious dumplings.
Overall, if you’re in the mood for an authentic, incomparably delicious Chinese food experience, whether vegetarian or carnivore, Han Dynasty is definitely the move. While we may not be doing another Bacon & Broccoli review of the restaurant again anytime soon, we will definitely be frequenting this Asian food-lovers paradise more often. Side note: they have a great happy hour menu and deals that anyone can enjoy.
Address: 3711 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:30am-10:30pm; delivery: 11:30am-9:30pm
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