Hungry Lung’s Kitchen is situated in the low-key, Chinese part of Yongkang Lu, an outpost of the horde of expat bars and restaurants just east of it. Befittingly, it offers both Eastern and Western comfort dishes along with some fusion-y elements.
Small and cafe-like with high tables and wooden bar stools, a long couch traversing the right side of the room, and walls plastered with Warhol replicas. Tone is very laid back. Too laid back. It took nearly 40 minutes to get a measly order of sliders when the place was almost deserted, and 20 minutes for the couple next to me just to snag the waitress. The staff even seemed aware of their syrup-slow speed because they handed me a magazine as if it was a dentist’s office, of which the wait times are comparable.
When the food does finally arrive it is, well, comforting as comfort food should be. You’ve got laksa and red curry (60RMB) to console the homesick stomachs of South East Asian expats, shepherd’s pie for the British (70RMB), poutine for the Canadians (45RMB), tiramisu for the italians, and sliders for everybody (80RMB for three). They also offer all-day breakfasts for a bargain, including one with two eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, pancake and beans for 70RMB, and steak and eggs for 75RMB.
The Laksa with shrimp, in particular, broils with flavor. The coconut milk’s soothing cream presents the perfect yin to chili oil’s molten yang which would’ve zapped my throat like a tazer otherwise, and the shrimp are a nice crispy complement.
Hungry Lung’s misses slightly with its fusion dishes, however. Our beef, bacon, and Monterrey jack cheese sliders were juicy little parcels, but our lemongrass chicken slider tasted too tropically tangy and zesty for the tame white bun, and the BBQ duck and hoisin omelette was as unharmonious as it sounds.
Hungry Lung’s is like a very good international cafeteria crammed into a coffee shop: you can read, browse the web, or escape during the work week while also stuffing to your heart’s content no matter where you’re from. The staff just needs some adderall.
Hungry Lung’s Kitchen – 144 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu, Xuhui district (徐汇区永康路144号, 近襄阳南路). Hours: 11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-midnight Sun.
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].