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Philly's Han Dynasty Plans to Conquer Los Angeles

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

The mini-empire of Han Chiang, a prolific Philadelphia restaurateur, is planning to overrun the city of Los Angeles in the coming months with his popular Sichuan concept Han Dynasty. LA might not have an outpost of SF's Mission Chinese, but this might be the next best thing, or even better. At the moment Chiang is in the process of opening a location in NYC's East Village, but according to a tweet posted on July 16, LA is on deck.

Featured on a multitude of top restaurant lists, as well as Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, Han Dynasty could instantly be one of the best places for Chinese food in LA, especially if it opens on the Westside, where barely any decent spots reside. Bourdain says of Chiang in that Layover episode:

He will never dumb down his authentic Sichuan cuisine for Americans, and that he mixes up the Dan Dan Noodles tableside, because customers "are too stupid to do it on their own."
Of course, this city has plenty of great cuisine in San Gabriel Valley, so the location of Chiang's restaurant remains to be seen. Get ready for 20-course menus for $25. Cash, of course.
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