Hangover cures from around the world
Instead of sipping on bloody marys or lying holed up in a dark room, why not do something different to cure your spring break, partied-too-hard hangover? Here are a few unique food-related hangover cures that span the globe. Bottoms up!
To learn more about what to eat to cure a post-spring break hangover, we turned to Douwe Osinga, a travel expert who has been to more than 100 countries and co-founded Triposo, a comprehensive travel app he created with his brother Richard and their friend Jon Tirsen.
First they mined the data from a World Health Organization (WHO) study of which countries drink the most wine, spirits and beer (respectively). They then went through the data and added up the totals for each alcohol category to find out which countries are the heaviest drinkers, and researched the top hangover cures for the morning after. "Some countries have specific foods that they believe help cure hangovers, while others simply specialize in certain cuisines that have properties that help lessen the effects of hangovers," Osinga explains.
If you happen to be in Luxembourg and have a few too many, you can try their go-to hangover cure: Something called verwurrelt gedanken. "These are in essence small sugar-coated doughnuts," Osinga says. "They're perfect for restoring the sugar that your body has likely lost from a night of heavy drinking," he explains. "It's popular during Carnival, a popular alcohol-fueled celebration in Luxembourg and can be hard to find during the rest of the year."
Austrians prefer to combat their hangover with a hearty soup. The hangover soup cure of choice is called rindsuppe, a beef soup with a clear, golden color that has excellent rehydrating properties, Osinga tells us. A good place to get it is Restaurant Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer in Vienna.
Like the Austrians, Czechs also believe soups are a particularly comforting way to relieve a hangover. "Czech citizens often use the Eastern European garlic soup to get over their headaches and get on with their day," says Osinga. He says that one of the best place to get it is in Olomouc, at U Andela. "Add some of the local cheese and promise not to kiss anyone."
In Germany, some locals swear by certain types of marinated fish to cure a hangover, Osinga says. These include rollmops (pickled herring filets rolled around a savory filling), brathering (fried herring) or Scandinavian-influenced heringsalat (herring with beetroot and mayonnaise). "The German seafood chain NordSee can be found in bigger German cities and is quite a good place to get rollmops," he advises.
A popular breakfast in Denmark also happens to be an excellent cure for hangovers. Get back on track after a night of drinking with smoked eel on dark rye bread, topped with scrambled eggs, herbs and a slice of lemon, suggests Osinga. If you're ever in Denmark, try it at Ida Davidsen in Copenhagen where he says they have an excellent breakfast buffet.
Lithuania is another country that looks to soup to remedy a hangover. "Raugintu kopustu sriuba is a sauerkraut and boiled cabbage soup popular for relieving hangovers," notes Osinga. "The best place to head with a hangover in Lithuania is Mano Guru run by former drug addicts. Just tea and soup here, no alcohol served."
Ireland's hangover cure of choice has spread throughout the world, and you've likely ordered (or cooked) it after a night of drinking. "The Irish breakfast is a well-known and highly effective cure, consisting of sausage, fried egg, bacon, white pudding, black pudding, toast, fried tomato and sometimes mushrooms, baked beans, liver or soda bread, all served with coffee or tea," says Osinga. He suggests having your Irish breakfast (in Ireland) at Bewley's Café, a place where Bob Geldof and Bono used to go to.
A hangover here is called "goma" Osinga tells us. "Guatemalans prefer to cure a goma with spicy food," he says. Most often they turn to caldo de pollo, chicken soup with hot peppers in it.
When they've had too much to drink Bolivians turn to fricasé, a spicy pork stew which is similar to chili. The dish is spicy and yellow in color with garlic and cumin-flavored pork and is typically thickened with crumbled bread, hominy and potato, explains Osinga. The mix of tongue-tickling spice and stomach-coating carbs helps give hangovers the boot.
The South Koreans have developed their own version of a "hangover stew" called haejangguk. This dish typically contains beef broth, with cabbage, bean sprouts, radish and egg, Osinga tells us. But there is one more addition to the recipe. "They add one extra-potent ingredient: chunks of congealed ox blood," he says. This one might not be for everyone but Koreans seems to think it works.
The Senegalese turn to a type of chicken stew called jassa to cure their hangovers. "Their version involves grilled chicken, onions, lemons and super-hot African chilies," says Osinga. The chilies help you sweat out your post-hangover pains.
What are your go-to hangover cures? Let us know in the comments below!