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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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Sky Cafe – My Favorite Indonesian

I absolutely love Sky Cafe, but I hadn’t been there since last summer. And how did I know it had been so long? Because Betty remembered! Yeah, she knew me the second time I came in, and she still knew me, months later! Yet another reason to love this place, aside from the tasty food. And what more can I say about these fried dumplings. They’re the best, just the best. I could just eat these all day long. They’re hot, meaty, magical.
In addition to the dumplings, which are a must, the other standout item on their menu is always the tofu salad. It’s hard to describe this sauce, other than the fact that I would put it on everything if I could. The salad is just pretty much iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, sprouts, fried tofu, peanuts, and then the SAUCE. It’s slightly spicy, sweet, peanut-ish, and you just want to drink it up. I don’t know how they fry these tofu cubes to be so delicious, but they just do it right. Anything would taste amazing with this sauce, but these tofu bits just go beyond. Even when my mouth burns from the spice I can’t stop eating it. It’s a must for you vegetarian folks!
This is the mie komplit. Sounds kinda french, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. It’s a bunch of noodles with pickled eggs, more fried dumplings(!), veggies, pork, and fried shallots along with a bowl of chicken broth soup. The broth was pretty meh. The noodles were much better and more exciting.
I forget the name of this one but it’s a wide flat rice noodle and seafood dish with gravy. Yum. I love wide flat rice noodles, seafood, and gravy, so how could I go wrong with this? And even though it was seafood, there was some sausage in there too, surprise! This is definitely my favorite indonesian restaurant in philly, and one of my favorite restaurants in general. It’s like an adorable hidden gem, only I wish it weren’t so hidden so that everybody could go here! And you know it’s super cheap… like crazy cheap. I promise to be back more this summer!

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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