Asian remedies that will cure your hangover

 

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Audrey Magazine (by Jianne Lasaten):

Sure, Asian glow is one thing to worry about, but what about those nights when things go a bit too far and you end up taking one (or five) more shots than intended? Hopefully you got home safe and sound (that’s what’s most important, after all).

But when you wake up the next day, you have to face an immediate problem. When the world is still spinning and you feel too nauseous to move, you know you’ve been hit with the dreaded hangover. For my friends and I, a comforting bowl of pho usually does the trick. But what helps everyone else?

Buzzfeed shared their list of interesting traditional hangover remedies from around the world. Below, we bring you the hangover cures, Asian style! We have to warn you though, you may have to be a brave one to try a few of these…

Philippines: Balut and Rice

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Ah, yes. The signature “weird” delicacy of the Philippines is also a well-known hangover cure. According to the Travel Channel, balut, which is a developing duck embryo, contains cysteine– a substance that breaks down alcoholic toxins in the liver.

 

China: Congee

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This rice porridge contains ginger, garlic and scallions. All three ingredients combined should help ease those headaches.

 

Japan: Umeboshi

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Umeboshi is a pickled sour plum that is well-known for its health benefits. It contains natural bacteria, enzymes, organic acids and alkaline. These help eliminate excessive acidity in the body.

 

Mongolia: Picked Sheep Eye in Tomato Juice

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Commonly known as the “Mongolian Mary,” this beverage is not for the faint of heart. Tomato juice contains simple sugars to boost your glucose levels back up as well as re-hydrate you after a night of drinking. The significance of the sheep eye? Well, that’s still a mystery.

 

South Korea: Haejangguk

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South Korea definitely came prepared because Haejangguk literally translates into “soup to cure a hangover.” Although the recipe differs in every region, this spicy beef broth usually contains pork, spinach, cabbage, onions and congealed ox blood.

 

Indonesia: Kaya Toast

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This traditional Indonesian breakfast will satisfy all of your sweet and salty hangover cravings (ladies, this would probably be just as helpful for that time of month). Warm toasted bread slices are served with salted butter and Kaya Jam, a sweet mixture of coconut milk, sugar, eggs, and pandan.

 

Bangladesh: Coconut Water

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We can’t argue with this one. Coconut water is known to have a significant amount of potassium and will keep you hydrated.

 

Thailand: Pad Kee Mao

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Nicknamed “drunken noodles,” this spicy dish is said to be a favorite among Thai men after a night of drinking. It usually consists of wide rice noodles, ground beef (or other meat), basil and other spices, onions and bell peppers.

Five delicious dishes to introduce you to Indonesian food

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Audrey Magazine:

So what is Indonesian food?”

This is the most frequent question I hear from friends whenever I bring up Indonesian food. And while it irks me, it’s a reasonably fair question to ask. Most people in America, even Asian Americans living in Southern California where Asian food is abundant, know nothing about Indonesian food. It’s not anyone’s fault, the truth of the matter is that Indonesian food is incredibly rare and hard to find, except for certain cities in the San Gabriel Valley (West Covina, I’m looking at you).

Therefore, I decided to write a list of the five Indonesian dishes I usually suggest when introducing anyone to Indonesian food. This may not contain the same dishes another Indonesian person may choose, and I don’t claim to be an expert on Indonesian food or culture by any means, but these dishes are definitely some of my personal favorites and are great “starter foods” to Indonesian cuisine.

 


 

1. Nasi bungkus

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A fast food of sorts, nasi bungkus is, in it’s simplest form, rice and meat wrapped in a banana leaf. While the contents inside can vary, nasi bungkus usually consists of coconut-flavored chicken, rice, a stewy beef rendang, a variety of incredibly spicy vegetables and fruits such as jackfruit, and a boiled egg topped with sambal (spicy sauce). It’s all very messy and often blends together, which only makes it more delicious.

 


 

2. Gado gado

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Gado gado is technically Indonesian salad but it is probably not very healthy. In essence, gado gado is a mix of steamed vegetables such as string beans, cabbage and bean sprouts with tofu, tempeh, a sliced boiled egg and Indonesian chips called krepek that are all doused heavily with fatty and sweet peanut butter sauce. It’s also a very filling dish and not for the faint of stomach or possibly heart. But for those who can make it to the end, it will be worth every bite.

 


 

3. Lemper

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As a child, I wasn’t very fond of non-American food, but lemper was one of two Indonesian dishes I enjoyed. Lemper is usually served as a snack or appetizer. Simply put, it’s sticky rice with a meat filling wrapped in a banana leaf. However, its deliciousness is in its simplicity and I often find myself craving a lemper when stressed out or writing (like right now, for instance).

 


 

4. Bakmi Ayam

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Bakmi ayam is a hearty, simple noodle soup with bok choy, chicken, and mushrooms that is somehow equal parts addictive and comforting. It can be eaten with or without the broth, so the soup is good all year long!

 


 

5. Pastel

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So here’s the second Indonesian dish I could eat as a kid, most likely because it’s fried. Pastels, which have nothing to do with colors, are fried meat pastries filled with glass noodles, peas, carrots, meat filling and eggs. Just like lempers, they are usually served as appetizers and/or snacks. And just like lempers, they bring the comfort that even the pickiest of children can enjoy.