Hungover? Try These International Remedies
You know the feeling. Your limbs feel like they’re filled with slime, your head is pounding, and you’re overcome with nausea. After a long night of drinking, morning—the harbinger of the full day ahead—has come too soon. You can slam a cup of coffee, maybe chow on some eggs and sausage, or mix some ibuprofen into your Gatorade.
But these methods don’t always work.
So we consulted our international neighbors for some advice. Although the following hangover cures are not for the weak, they are supersaturated with nutrients, which are essential in helping you make it through the day
Made from the digestive system of a cow or a pig—often the intestines—you’ll find this hangover cure in many cuisines. In Mexico, it is called menudo; in Poland, it’s referred to as flaki or flaczki; and those in the Philippines call it dinuguan.
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Why it works: So many cultures put tripe at the top of their list of hangover foods. They all can’t be wrong. Rich in zinc and B vitamins, tripe soup returns most of what you lost while drinking, if not your pride. High levels of fatty acids and protein help shore up queasy stomachs minus the food coma associated with a hearty American breakfast.
Where to get it: For menudo, try El Gringo in Hermosa Beach, California, or El Palmar in Chicago. Flaczki is served at Barbakan in Chicago and New York’s Johnny’s Cafe, while dinuguan is on the menu at Chicago’s Isla Pilipina and San Francisco’s Inay Filipino Kitchen.
This German dish consists of a fillet of pickled herring, usually stuffed with some type of veggie.
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Why it works: Though fish might be the last thing you want to eat when your stomach feels like a waterbed, trust us on this one. These hors d'oeuvres are able to abate lethargy thanks to their inherent nutritional benefits. They’re high in protein and sodium—the result of pickling. Depending on the veggies, they may be rich in minerals, too, making rollmops a great hangover food.
Literally translated from the Korean as “hangover solution soup,” it’s a spicy mix of cow intestines, cow or ox blood, and noodles.
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Why it works: As mentioned above, cow intestines are dense in the minerals your body craves after a night out. This soup also contains blood, which is full of protein that gives the body sustainable energy. It’s also high in the vital minerals sodium and iron, as well as vitamin C.
Popular in the Philippines and Vietnam, this dish is made up of an egg containing a partially developed duck embryo.
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Why it works: Balut is extremely high in cysteine, which helps break down the toxins that alcohol leaves behind. The high fat and protein content and salty broth help restore the body’s electrolytes. Balut is also filled with tons of energy-boosting minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, which might be why many nutritionists call balut a superfood.
Where to get it: New York City’s Jeepney and Maharlika cohost a balut-eating contest every year. Balut is also available in Filipino Home Baking & Grocery in Wheaton, Maryland, and Tai Nam Market in Chicago.
Though Aimee stays up to date on the latest food trends for the Guide, most of her meals are served cold and cut into tiny, toddler-sized bites.