If you’re partying in Korea, you will undoubtedly end up drinking some Korean alcohol. These Korean drinks can get you wasted pretty quickly and easily. Wake up with a pounding headache and you’ll need something to get you back on your feet. Good thing you’re in Korea. Many Korean foods (mostly soups) are natural hangover cures. There’s a wide range of foods to eat after a night of drinking in Korea, and most of these can be found at your local neighborhood restaurant or even on your hotel room service menu.
Haejangguk (해장국) – Pork-based Korean soup
This pork-based Korean soup is literally named “hangover soup,” and accordingly, it’s one of the most popular things to eat after a night of partying in Korea. Slurping up the rich and hearty soup warms up your stomach, and you can feel the nutrients seeping their way back into your alcohol-riddled system.
Tip1: Potato Soup (gamjatang / 감자탕) is usually sold wherever hyejangguk is sold. The broth is essentially the same, and it’ll have the same effect.
Tip2: As the word haejangguk (해장국) literally means “hangover soup,” there’s a plethora of Korean soups called haejangguk (해장국), all designed to cure your hangover.
Gomtang/Galbitang (곰탕/갈비탕) – Beef-based Korean soup
These two soups are popular Korean hangover cures because of their protein-rich broths. On top of that, there’s slices of beef (gomtang / 곰탕) or beef right off the bone (galbitang / 갈비탕) to help fill you up. It’s so good you’ll forget what you’re grandmother taught you about manners; if you’re hungover and hurting, you’ll find yourself slurping every last drop of soup.
Tip1: Seolleongtang (설렁탕) must be noted for it’s hangover curing properties. The milky broth has a certain heartiness that can’t be compared.
Tip2: Yukgaejang (육개장) is another beef-based Korean soup that’s great for curing hangovers. Spicy and meaty, a great combination!
Tip3: Other popular beef-based Korean hangover soups are: Cow head soup (someorigukbap – 소머리국밥), Oxtail soup (kkorigomtang – 꼬리곰탕), beef and rice soup (sogogigukbap – 소고기국밥)
Kongnamulguk (콩나물국) – Vegetable-based Korean soup
If you’re a hungover vegetarian in Korea, bean sprout soup is a simple yet effective way to get rid of that nasty hangover. Filled to the brim with bean sprouts, this Korean soup contains asparagine, which apparently gets rid of the acetaldehyde that forms in your body when drinking. This is a common hangover cure among Korean people. Even if you’re not hungover, Koreans claim it’s good for getting over colds as well. Comes in spicy and non-spicy varieties.
Jjamppong (짬뽕) – Korean-Chinese food hangover cure
Ever order some Chinese after a night of drinking in your home country? Korea is no different, except this is Korean-Chinese food (maybe it’s something about the oil). Do as the Koreans do and relieve your aching body with this spicy, seafood based noodle soup. The heat it brings to both your mouth and your stomach really helps offset the damage you did last night. It’s the order-in version of hangover cures!
Yuksu (육수) – beef broth – often found at Naengmyun (냉명) restaurants.
Odenggungmul (오뎅국물) – fish cake broth – street food vendors offer unlimited amounts of this (for free!) with any purchase.
Ramyun (라면) – instant noodles – a simple, quick and easy food found in convenience stores all over Korea.
- Look for any Korean food that ends in -gook (국), -gookbap (국밥), -tang (탕). Most any of these will help.
- Stews (jjigae / 찌개) are preferred by some, but not all, as popular hangover cures.
- 해장하다 (haejanghada) means to eat or drink in order to get over a hangover.
Got any Korean Hangover cures of your own? Share with us in the comments section!
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