Yongkang Lu evokes a lot of emotion in this city and for very good reason. If ever there was a street of two halves it would be this one. There’s the east side which much to the locals disgust has been invaded by loud – and often drunk – trendy young expats i.e. not us being neither young nor trendy though admittedly sometimes drunk. And then there’s the west side where we hang out. Watch the video in the link and you will get an idea of what the fuss is about.
The west side is where daily life carries on as if the east side doesn’t exist although even in the few months we have been here more restaurants have opened up close to the Xiangyang Lu junction. There’s still a small strip of dumpling and noodle shops with trestle tables on the pavements and a makeshift wet market sets up in the morning. Plane trees overhang the street, old people sit on chairs on the pavement and watch the world go by, the cobbler does a steady business on the corner and housewives pop out to grab essentials from the fruit and veg shop.
Park yourself outside Hungry Lung’s and you too can watch the world go by. I’m pretty sure I did a double take the first time I walked by and saw the name. I googled it when I got home and found this review. It’s now become a firm favourite and now we go at least once a month. There’s nothing fancy about Hungry Lung’s at all – it’s good old fashioned comfort food. Hangover food as the front page of the menu says.
This is normally Richard’s go-to brunch after a long run or a spin class. Or a hangover. The full breakfast (70RMB) also comes with a side serve of pancakes & syrup plus toast and a huge mug of tea. For some reason, this order always seems to come out first no matter what everyone else has ordered. I have no idea why but because I normally order something else I’m happy to dig in too. I keep asking where they buy their sausage from because they are the best I’ve had here and I never get an answer I can do anything with -it’s always too vague or random!
I had my first poutine (55RMB) here – chips and gravy smothered with melted cheese and topped with bacon for the rest of you. With a side of salad of course. Sorry to any Canadians out there but I asked for vinegar like the good Northern lass that I am. I also ran 15kms before I ordered this so kind of felt I had earned it. Haven’t run 15kms since mind you.
Service can veer from OK to the ridiculous and yet we keep coming back. Orders can get forgotten if you are in a large group and if two of the party order the same thing don’t expect your plates to come out at the same time. It’s almost as if the chef is cooking every single order separately. We only go at the weekends so we don’t mind a wait.
Everything we have ordered though has always been brilliantly executed – from the duck curry to the laksa to the lasagne. The daily specials on the chalkboard are always good and what I tend to gravitate towards.
The good thing about Hungry Lungs is that hangovers come in all shapes and sizes and you will always find something to feed it on the menu here. Whilst the young and trendy are over the other side drinking hair of the dog you can be filling your bellies with homely food and watching the world go by too.
In the wash up:
What’s great: Comfort food for hangovers and after workout fuelling up. Laksa, curries, classic fry-ups, pancakes there’s something for the whole family on the menu.
What’s not so great: Service can be erratic at times. Don’t be surprised if your order goes M.I.A.
English menu. English spoken. No smoking.
Address: 144 Yongkang Lu nr Xiangyang Nan Lu
Open: from 11am Monday-Thursday, 10am Friday-Sunday