This past Sunday, my family and I treated my dad out for a special Father’s Day lunch. We celebrated him at Han Dynasty in Philly. Now, Han Dynasty is not your typical run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant. Oh no, it’s much more. The menu contains a variety of appetizers, soups, entrees, and a unique spice level scale. The spice levels range from 1-10, and each dish has a given number that can be altered based on the desired taste.
For an appetizer, I ordered the spicy crispy cucumber with a spice level of 5. Although the restaurant did not offer a gluten-free menu, the waiter was well informed and said based on what dish I chose, she would tell me if it was gluten-free, can be altered to be gluten-free, or simply not doable. The soy sauce from the cucumbers was removed so that it could be gluten-free. For the main course, I ordered the Garlic Sauce Style Lamb with a spice level of 5 as well. Since the restaurant serves the dishes family-style, I tried the Cumin Style Chicken that my brother ordered, with a spice level of 5. Both dishes were assured to be gluten-free.
I have to warn you, don’t let the spice level fool you. A level 4 or 5 is pretty spicy! (And I love spicy food). Sadly, there was no dessert on the menu, and I really could’ve gone for a cold, refreshing sorbet to cool my taste buds down. But we did make our way to Kiwi, a frozen yogurt (froyo) place just about two blocks away.
Hopefully all of your dads or you (if you’re a father) had a special and memorable Father’s Day!