If you’re in Korea for an extended period of time, you will undoubtedly end up drinking some of these Korean alcohols. These Korean drinks can get you drunk pretty quickly, and if you wake up with a pounding headache, 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
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 soupThese 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)
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. 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.