Ostrich Egg Omelette, South Africa
Eggs may already be your go-to hangover breakfast, but South Africans go next-level with the breakfast staple, using a massive ostrich egg (roughly equal to a dozen chicken eggs) to make an omelette. Hope you’re hungry.
Ciorba de Burta, Romania / Menudo, Mexico / Iskembe Çorbasi, Turkey
Whatever you call it and wherever you get it, tripe soup is a surefire curative for anyone brave enough to stomach it (get it?). If you have a taste for entrails, there are few fatty stews more capable of coating your own belly with a restorative food hug.
A burek is cheese or meat wrapped in a pastry. It’s simple and delicious—the breakfast sandwich of hangover champions.
Buffalo Milk, Namibia
Buffalo milk sounds innocent enough, but within this common hangover cure in Namibia lies a whole lot of booze. The frothy milkshake of a cure is spiked with dark rum, spiced rum and cream liqueur. It sounds more like a way to get the night started than a cure for the morning after.
Lemon Arm, Puerto Rico
While its medical use has some scientific merit when imbibed in a Hot Toddy, there is no evidence that rubbing lemon juice in your armpits will prevent a hangover, as some Puerto Ricans are wont to do. The dubious claim suggests that a quick squeeze beneath the armpit of your drinking arm only somehow helps with dehydration. We recommend sticking to the Toddy.
Full English Breakfast, U.K.
The English may not be renowned for their national cuisine, but they sure know how to start the day right. No hangover could possibly withstand the weight of the full Monty, which includes bacon and sausage, beans, eggs, tomato, lard-fried bread, potatoes, maybe some white or black pudding (that’s blood sausage for the uninitiated) and possibly some sort of smoked fish—oh and tea, of course. If you manage not to pass out at the table, the filling meal should at least help get you to lunch.
It may not look as appetizing as your go-to breakfast sandwich, but the Chinese rice porridge congee is a perfectly comforting bowl of sustenance that will go down easy no matter what. If your stomach can stand it, take the next step and top your congee with any variety of sweet or savory ingredients, from fruit to meatballs to funky preserved eggs.
Known as “Scotland’s other national drink,” this orange soda, pronounced “iron brew,” helps over-indulgers steel themselves against the inevitable scotch hangover. The pronunciation confusion isn’t just a product of the Scottish accent but rather a clever way to avoid a mid-century law that denied the beverage maker use of the word “brew.”
Dried Bull Penis, Sicily
It’s hard to turn down salty, chewy jerky—unless that meaty strip is made from a bull’s nether regions. The reasoning behind this old school meat cure is a little muddled, but it somehow links increased virility to overcoming a hangover.