Foods Locals Eat to Cure End-Year Party Hangover

When hair of the dog is not the solution

Clink your glasses and toast to whatever celebration that descends upon you this festive season. A little bubbly here and there, drinks to go with a delicious feast sounds just about right – until morning comes and your head feels like it’s been nailed to a wall. Thankfully, every culture has a type of food that helps stave off those horrible morning-after feels.


Soups and stews of any kind are greatly welcomed by Koreans and tourists alike, ranging from mild and savoury to hot and spicy, there’s something for everyone – even those who are recovering from the previous night’s festivities after overindulging in soju or makgeolli. Haejang-guki (or sulguk) means ‘soup to chase away a hangover’. It is a hearty beef stew filled with delicious ingredients — mainly dried Napa cabbage, bean sprouts and meat in a beef broth


There’s a Filipino dessert that is sure to soothe a night of partying by being sweet and palatable to an empty stomach. Taho is made of fresh silken tofu, topped with arnibal and sago pearls, which is easy to digest and warms you from the inside out. This staple comfort food can be found peddled all over the country; with equivalents being enjoyed in Malaysia and Singapore (tau foo fah) as well as Indonesia (tahwa).


We’re sure by now you can hear the song we’re singing with these hangover cures. What better way to wash away a night of sin than a sinfully delicious, piping hot bowl of pho? Made differently in the North and the South, this Vietnamese soup dish is well loved the world over. Its flavourful broth, smooth rice noodles and tender cuts of meat are sure to boost your appetite and get your day going just fine.


Locals from the Land of Smiles eat a rice soup with chicken, chicken liver and egg, called khao tom gai, which is filled with valuable iron and protein to kick out those horrid post-drink feelings. This dish can be found at street vendors in the early morning, accompanied by sweet Thai iced tea to get your system going again.


Known for its drinking culture and famed for their local breweries that bring the world Asahi, Kirin, and Suntory, the Japanese are sure to have some tricks up their sleeves to combat a hangover. Ochazuke, meaning ‘to submerge in tea’, or in other cases just boiling water or dashi stock over white rice, makes for a comforting meal after you’ve spent the night boozing. Topped with various ingredients such as pickles, seaweed, mentaiko, or salted salmon, this traditional dish helps to incorporate some much-needed nutrients back into one’s body.

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