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Han Dynasty -- What to order; what to avoid...?

I really feel like I'm missing something here. Based on all of the great write-ups here on CH, I visited Han Dynasty in Exton about a year ago. I knew, going in, that we should ask for the Chinese menu and avoid all of the "typical" Chinese-American dishes. I thought I was doing everything right, but to say I was totally underwhelmed by the dining experience would be an understatement.

As I said this was about a year ago, and I haven't been back since, but I LOVE Asian food and I'm ready to give Han Dynasty another try. I really don't remember much of what we ordered, except for some huge, bland-tasting, ugly-looking meatballs that tasted as if they were all filler with very little meat. I'm up in Exton quite often, and I drive by Han Dynasty all the time. I need some guidance -- some specifics -- for my next visit there. More specifically, I'd like recommendations for (1) appetizers, (2) a soup, (3) a chicken dish, (4) a shrimp dish, (5) a pork dish, and (6) a noodle dish. Tell me what you love at Han Dynasty. And tell me which dishes should be avoided. What's the secret to getting a great meal there? Maybe we should organize a CH meet-up so I can sample the best of what Han Dynasty has to offer.

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  1. I've never been there, but I have been drooling over Philadining's photos and writeup of their Royersford location for some time now:

    http://philadining.blogspot.com/searc...

    That should at least give you some ideas.

    1. We go to the Royersford location often and really dig the chicken with hot dry peppers and dumplings with hot chili oil. From the Exton restaurant I'm partial to the noodles with meat sauce. Wish both locations had the same stuff on the menus!

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      1. I go to the Exton location. My three favorite things on the menu: Cold Sesame Noodle app; Wonton in Chili Oil app; Lamb Hot Pot. I wanted to order the Lions Head Meatballs once; the owner talked me out of it; he candidly admitted he didn't think they were that good.

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        1. re: Rondo

          I think those are the meatballs I had! And I'm fairly certain I ordered them because they'd been written up favorably here on CH. Thanks for your recs.

        2. This is what we love in Royersford and they appear to be on the Exton menu online at least:
          both the wontons and the dumplings in chili oil, cold green bean noodles (they are strange but addictive), xia xiang noodle (spicy noodles with minced pork), three cup chicken, deep fried shredded beef, chinese bacon with hot peppers. My husband loves the tea smoked duck, but it is too smokey for me.
          My absolute favorite are the dumplings in hot chili oil and the xia xiang noodles

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          1. re: thehungrything

            Ate at the Royersford for a Sat lunch last month. Only non-Chinese person in there, which gave me hope. I ordered the tofu with pork in chili oil, the string beans and the stir fry baby bok choy. I took leftovers home and felt that I was very lucky to have such a great Chinese restaurant out here in the burbs.

          2. You need to track down Han and have him to recommend dishes for ya. I've never got a bad meal from Han's recommendations.