Now let's get to the entrees. I am obsessed beyond words and beyond belief with Handy's tofu. No matter what form you get it in, the tofu is the densest, most perfectly chewy and strong I have ever encountered. I don't know what they do to make it so superb. It's like it was pressed for years.
Another one of my favorites is the Garlic Sauce Tofu, which is perfect if you cannot handle the vast amount of chili oil and heat in most of the other dishes. This dish is kind of sweet and sour, with wood ear mushrooms, bamboo, ginger, garlic, and peppers. It's really delicious, as everything is here, and it's a great option.
However, my top recommendation is the Long Hot Pepper Style Tofu. Oh my gosh. This is where Handy's magic tofu shines brightest. It's a very simple dish, with the perfect long strips of tofu mixed with long green hot peppers in a very light stir fry sauce. It's only a spice level 3, but it seems a tad higher, and the taste is so perfect that it doesn't even matter.
There are plenty of vegetable sides in case you somehow didn't order enough food. My favorite is the bok choy with black mushrooms. Seriously, Handy has the most incredibly thick mushrooms I've ever had. They are perfection.
HAN DYNASTY, PHILADELPHIA (et al.)
Water speed: Great! It is a Chinese restaurant, after all!
Service: See above.
Bathrooms: There's usually just one, which kind of sucks because everyone is drinking so much water to counter the spice.
Food: The best Szechuan outside of China. Maybe in China as well; feel free to sponsor a test trip for me.
Bonus: The best tofu you've ever had in your life.