21 Traditional Hangover Cures From Around The World
First things first, drink some water.
United Kingdom: Full English breakfast
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A long time British favourite, a traditional full English breakfast includes bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding (a type of blood sausage), fried bread or toast and plenty of baked beans. Many think that the grease in the food helps to absorb alcohol.
Peru: Leche de Tigre
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Also referred to as tiger’s milk, the name derives from the colour and supposed energising properties of the cocktail – containing lime juice, coriander, garlic, onion, chillies, salt, pepper and lastly, fish. Warning: it’s also believed to act as an aphrodisiac.
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Usually consisting of marinated herring (rollmops), pickled gherkins or similar sour-tasting food, this is often the first meal of the day after an alcohol filled night in Germany, due to the fact it’s believed to restore electrolytes.
Poland: Pickle juice
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This morning-after remedy, popular in Poland and surrounding countries, consists of nothing more than plain pickle juice. Containing vinegar, water and sodium, pickle juice is a great way of rehydrating the body after a heavy night out.
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A Mexican tripe soup (soup containing the edible offal from the stomach of a farm animal) consisting of beef stomach (the tripe) in a broth with a red chili pepper base. It’s believed to stimulate the senses and clear your head.
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Keeping it simple, the hangover choice of many Italians is to drink several cups of strong, homemade espresso. The thought behind this one is that caffeine dilates blood vessels, which helps get rid of headaches quicker.
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A popular food in Canada, and slowly spreading to other countries, poutine is made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds. Another greasy national dish that’s believed to help absorb up the alcohol.
Ecuador: Oregano tea
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Mongolia: Pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice
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Jokingly called a Mongolian Mary, this drink goes back generations in Mongolia. Tomato juice has been shown to help the liver expunge alcohol from the body, although the logic behind the eyeballs remains unexplained. Not one for the weak stomached.
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A traditional hangover cure in Croatia, burek is made from pastry and a combination of cheese or meat. Its abundance of oils and carbohydrates are believed to help soak up and slow down the absorption of alcohol.
South Korea: Haejangguk
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Haejangguk means “soup to chase a hangover” and refers to all kinds of soup eaten as a hangover cure in Korean cuisine. Usually consisting of dried Napa cabbage, congealed ox blood, and vegetables in a hearty beef broth, the dish dates back to the 14th century.
United States of America: Prairie oyster
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This morning after cocktail gets its name from the oyster like texture of the unbroken egg yolk that lies at the bottom of the drink. As well as a hangover cure, it’s believed by some to be an excellent hiccup fix.
Indonesia: Kaya toast
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This national Indonesian breakfast food is prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs.
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Keep drinking is the thinking behind this traditional hangover remedy in Denmark. Reparationsbajer roughly translates to ‘repair beer’.
Czech Republic: Utopenci
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This Czech breakfast consists of pickled gherkins and sausages called utopenci, which translates into English as ‘drowned men.’ This dish works on the basis that pickle juice is a great way of rehydrating the body.
Thailand: Pad kee mao
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Appropriately nicknamed drunken noodles, this spicy dish is normally made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, meat, seafood, bean sprouts and various seasoning.
Bangladesh: Coconut water
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The thought behind this one is simple: it’s hydrating. Coconut water is also high in potassium and contains many helpful ingredients such as antioxidants, ascorbic acids, and magnesium.
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The hangover cure of choice in Norway, lutefisk is a dried fish and lye. It’s consistency and excess of fish oil, is thought to make it ideal for soaking up any leftover alcohol floating around your stomach.
South Africa: Ostrich egg omelette
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A traditional hangover cure in South Africa is to crack open an ostrich egg and make yourself a very large omelette.