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Han Dynasty Dinner

After the miracle berry tasting, we still needed some more food. We went to Han Dynasty, but with slight apprehension about our taste buds being messed up. But you know what? Hot liquid will negate the miracle berry’s effects. So we just doused our mouths with hot tea before the food came out. And oh yeah, don’t worry, that totally did the trick. K can’t do spicy food, like at all, so we asked for the food not spicy. Then Han came around just to make sure that we didn’t want things spicy. So basically, he made everything as not spicy as possible. But well, it was still spicy. But in the Han Dynasty world, it was not spicy. Here’s the dan dan mien. What hasn’t been said about these?They’re awesome.
And these spicy crunchy cucumbers. When I went to the monthly tasting awhile back, I remembered this dish as one of my favorites. I just love this. It’s just a bowl of cucumbers that are spicy and sweet and piquant. And when eaten with rice, it’s almost perfect. It’s almost confusing how flavorful a boring cucumber can become. Thanks Han!

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Chinatown Fail

After a pretty lackluster first friday and major fails with the parking machines, we tried to eat at Han Dynasty. That wasn’t going to happen without a long wait, so we ended up in Chinatown at Sang Kee Peking Duck House.
H/A always like to get the mayonnaise shrimp with walnuts, so he ordered that. Well folks, let’s just say that you shouldn’t order shrimp with walnuts at a restaurant that bills itself as a duck house. We think they used panko breadcrumbs, which is just wrong for this. And instead of coming with broccoli, it came on top of a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce. It was all just weird. And the oranges tasted like they were rotten. But one highlight – the walnuts were delicious! But overall, it was pretty much a fail. I think it’s a smart thing to stick with the duck or the roast pork or something at this joint.
I ordered one of the ho fun dishes… honestly, I don’t even know which one it is. I saw some guy at another table with it and I just pointed to it and said that’s what I want. So that’s what I got. And it was hot and delicious and noodley and meaty and we ate it all. This sure beat the shrimp dish… by about a thousand shrimp. We had some major communication issues that day. We asked for a couple of bowls of rice and we got a couple of empty bowls. Then we asked for a couple of bowls of rice and we got one little bowl of rice. Oh well.

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Beijing Home Style

Sometimes you just want to eat some americanized chinese food but don’t want to get take-out. So we went to Beijing Homestyle in Manayunk, which is quite an attractive restaurant. It’s large too, and the dining room is swathed in blue. Blue isn’t typically the color that might jump out at you when you think chinese joint, red and yellow tend to jump in my brain. But here’s a place that has blue all over the place. There are also tons of colorful photographs along the walls. The decor appeals to me quite a bit.
The Shanghai’s Famous Soup Dumplings. These are filled with ground pork, ginger, and spring onions and are served in bamboo cages after being steamed. These are good but there wasn’t very much soup in them. In fact, some had none. And the ones that did had very little soup. But these were still good dumplings.
Here’s the orange chicken. If you like orange chicken, you’ll like this! No complaints here!
Upon the recommendation of our server, we also go the Iron Pan Short Ribs. These are extremely savory yet sweet short ribs that come out on a sizzling hot plate. This was also quite good. Both these entrees would appeal to anyone who loves americanized chinese food.
This dessert sounded interesting, so we tried these moon drop things. It was basically a mochi type sphere filled with stuff, in this case, a sweet sesame paste. It came in a brothy type liquid, which didn’t really taste like much. It was just warm. The mochi was warm and chewy, and the sweet and nutty sesame paste inside was a nice contrast with the slightly salty broth. I’ve never tasted anything like this before and quite enjoyed it. Service was good. It was a nice dine-in chinese food experience.

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