There are many delicious and diverse liquors worldwide - Tequila from Mexico, Ginjinha from Portugal, Lambanog from the Philippines, just to name a few. They may all have different tastes, but when you’ve had one too many of these drinks, the hangover is universal, no matter where you’re from in the world. We all know the feeling of a hangover — earth-splitting headache, nausea, dizziness, and a deep sense of misplaced regret of having drunk too much the night before. The good news is you can eat your way through to recovery. Wherever country you may be in, we got you covered with the best hangover food worldwide.
When Filipinos have too many drinks, they turn to Bulalo or beef marrow stew to cure their hangover the next day. The clear soup is full of soft, delicious meat, corn, and vegetables. The broth will help with the dehydration, and the meat and vegetables give your body the energy it needs to recover. The clean taste of the hot, refreshing soup will get you up and running in no time.
Rice Porridge is a typical breakfast in Asia. Congee is the Hong Kong version of this rice porridge. The thick consistency of congee makes it a great hangover food to soothe your stomach. The ancient Chinese have been drinking for centuries and eating congee the next day. You can’t beat this ancient knowledge.
When Australians have a hangover, and the headache is too much even to cook anything, they turn to toast with Vegemite. These hot toasts are spread with Vegemite, and the high yeast content of vegemite helps chase away the hangover. If you can, you can upgrade the toast by putting cheese on top to make Tiger Toast. The cheese helps the sandwich taste more palatable, especially to those who are not used to Vegemite.
An English breakfast consists of a massive plate of bacon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, and baked beans. This gigantic and admittedly not-so-healthy breakfast has all the protein, fat, and carbohydrate boost that your body needs to get out of the hangover.
When the Dutch have one too many drinks, they turn to Haring Met Uitjes to help them with their hangover the next day. Haring met uitjes is salted Herring. And if the smell of salted fish is not enough to get your stomach revved up, they eat it with a side of onions. It works for the Dutch, but the smell of salted fish and onions may not work for the rest of us.
Pho (pronounced “fhu”) is a clear soup full of beef, rice noodles, lime, greens, and bean sprouts. You can add sriracha, a spicy sauce, or jalapenos if you want a spicy kick out of it. The tasty broth helps your body fight dehydration, and the beef gives your body the energy it needs to recover. It’s delicious, it’s healthy, and best of all, it’s easy to remember.
If you’ve drunk too much Tequila the night before, the Menudo in Mexico will do wonders in helping your hangover. Menudo is a spicy soup made from tomatoes and tripe. If you’re worried about eating tripe, the spicy chilies in the soup will be enough to make you forget you’re eating the chewy tripe. The soup will help your body fight dehydration, and the chilies will help you sweat out the toxins. Don’t worry, with your headache, and you won’t even care that there’s tripe in the soup.
Turkish people turn to a famous sandwich with kokoreç filling. This popular and delicious street food is made from chopped sheep intestine roasted gyro style with tomatoes and peppers. It’s greasy and delicious, and there’s just something about animal intestines that sobers you up right away.
The Slovakians, thankfully, don’t go for the animal innards or pickled fish to help cure their hangover. Instead, their practicality makes them turn to chicken soup for a hangover.
The familiar and delicious taste of chicken and vegetables in a clear broth can be a godsend to help you when you're under the weather. Chicken soup trumps pickled herring even without a hangover.
Canadians who have one too many drinks turn to poutine to help them drive their hangover away. Poutine is thickly cut french fries topped with cheese curds and a generous helping of gravy. And if it’s not greasy enough to stave off your impending doom, you might want to add bacon bits for good measure. It’s fatty, it’s delicious, and it will taste the same even when you’ve recovered from your massive headache and nausea.