Shanghai eats: Hungry Lung’s Kitchen

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in eating out, shanghai | 22 comments

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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


  1. What an awesome range of food, really is something for everybody. BTW loving your last photos (all your photos are great), but just love the capture.
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    • Thanks Sarah. We were just siting there and he came out of the door. It’s a gorgeous street and a great place to hang out.

  2. I think these old streets with their original way of life are precious. Places where the old can watch the world go by and socialise are very important. I know it’s inevitable that time moves things on. Perhaps all will be well with the road to divide the generations. GG

    • I hope so but I read yesterday the whole block is being ‘renovated’ in 2014.

  3. Gotta love a cafe in Shanghai that can turn out a good fry up alongside poutine and duck curry for good measure. My goodness! A cafe purporting to do that in Oz would be avoided on the assumption that the chef is a jack of all trades and master of none. Sounds like your chef is master of everything!!
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    • I know you would stay well clear wouldn’t you but here it seems to work and the food is great.

  4. I would never have thought of poutine in China. Just goes to show I know nothing. Interesting about the East and West sides.
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    • You can get whatever your heart desires here Maureen. There’s even an Australian restaurant here called Kakadu where you can order emu burgers and crocodile steaks :)

  5. I can’t believe you can get poutine there!! As a born and raised Canadian, I can assure you that adding vinegar to your poutine is just fine. :-) I do the same!
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    • I’m in good company then :)

  6. Hehe what a great name! It’s certainly memorable :P And poutine with vinegar? Interesting! I love poutine I must confess :D

    • I know I’m a heathen but I’m from Manchester and you have to have vinegar with your chips no matter what!

  7. Love the makeshift wet market. Those are some of my favorite places to shop if it’s usually the same vendors. I like getting to know the folks – by which I mean becoming a regular – it’s probably difficult to actually get to know them.

    Tonight I’m headed to KL for 9 days to visit friends and I can’t wait to be back in the nitty gritty of Asia. A big bowl of laksa will be first on the agenda!
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    • Enjoy that first laksa. I bet yours will be a lot hotter than ours. I’ve never been to KL but a good friend lived there for a couple of years and only has good things to say about it.

  8. Love the name! Old or young, I’d be pretty annoyed if I was disturbed by a bunch of drunken yobs.i don’t blame the old people at all for being upset.
    But this place sounds like grant place to people watch and enjoy a great meal. Love the look of the fry up!

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    • It’s a good fry up – there are fried potatoes underneath too.

  9. You are too funny! I love the name of the restaurant! And that serving of fries! As fries don’t have enough calories and then they pile everything else on top! But if I ran 15kms I’d definitely be ordering this too. And I super-impressed that you did that! xx
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    • I actually had food envy that day – Rich ordered the duck red curry and I kept diving into his bowl. In training for the next half marathon in December so hopefully there will be a few more plates of chips & cheese coming my way :)

  10. The video clip made me want to go and shake all those drunk kids. No wonder the residents are pissed! Glad you found a spot in China to eat Canadian chips! :)

    • And by pissed, I mean pissed off, not drunk like all the revelers! :)

    • The problem is that mainly old people live in the flats over the bars so it’s totally understandable they get upset and annoyed. We were there on Sunday for the first time and it was a bit surreal we could have been in Melbourne on Chapel Street.

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