Here’s an inventory of some creative “katerfrühstück” (hangover breakfasts):
Tripe soup – Turkey
This is a thick soup that cooks up stomach of livestock with garlic and cream. The soup is known for both preventing and curing a hangover, so line your stomach with some stomach and you should be able to drink through the night like a seasoned sultan.
Deep fried canaries – Ancient Rome/ Greece
Known for exorbitant lifestyles and debaucherous feasts, it’s hardly surprising that the hangover cure of choice for the Romans was deep fried canaries. The small bird was deep fried simply with oil, salt, and pepper and munched on whole.
Pickle juice – Russia/ Poland
Maybe if you were sipping on the juice from the jar as you were layering slices of pickles on a burger you were about to devour this could work. That said, the key ingredient in pickle juice is vinegar, which allegedly has naturally occurring antioxidants, healing salts and minerals.
Prairie Oyster – UK/ USA
There are many variations on this morning after drink, but they all include a whole raw egg mixed up with some Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and salt and pepper. I’d suggest holding the egg, adding some vodka and tomato juice to the Worcestershire, a stick of celery and some black pepper.
Rollmops – Germany
While suffering what Germans describe as “the wailing of the cats” Germans swear by rollmops – raw, pickled herring wrapped around pieces of gherkin and onion. Just what you want in your mouth first thing when youre feeling queasy – some potent raw fish.
Dried bull’s penis – Sicily
Sicilians with hangovers don’t mess around with raw fish, eggs or extravagant cocktails, they just go right in for the kill and gnaw on some dried bull penis. The assumption is that it restores your virility.
Cocktail of pickled sheep eyeballs and tomato juice – Mongolia
Nothing really more to say about this one apart from I’m surprised people even still drink in Mongolia.
Pickled Plums – Japan
The Japanese hangover “futsukayoi” (second day drunk), is commonly alleviated with pickled plums (ume boshi) steeped in green tea. Don’t be fooled by the ‘plums’ part, these sweat-inducing piquant shrivelled numbers look almost as menacing as they taste. These allegedly help replenish depleted electrolytes, so there may be some chemically redeeming factors with this remedy. Mushroom soup, raw egg, miso soup, and of course more sake are also popular cures.
“Soup to remove a hangover”– Korea
Haejangguk, literally translated as “soup to remove a hangover”, is a soup sold out of street carts made from coagulated ox blood, cabbage, cow bones, pork spine, and vegetables.
Fricasé – Bolivia
Not fricassee the lettuce (thankfully), this hearty stew is also aptly named “levanta muertos” (raising of the dead). It’s a spicy concuction of yellow chili, garlic, and cumin-infused pork, thickened with crumbled bread and potato.
“Drunk Man’s Noodles” – Thailand
Thais are big on the soup remedy too, brewing up a broth of boiled rice, small pork meatballs, garlic and coriander. For particular over-indulgers, “phat khi mao” (drunk man’s noodles) are prescribed – thick rice noodles, fish sauce, soy sauce, bean sprouts, meat or tofu, and a hefty dose of spice.
Turnip juice and kokoreç – Turkey
Kokoreç is a fast food or streetcart dish consisting mainly of offal, including sweetbreads, hearts, lungs or kidneys, encased in lamb or goat intestines (preferably those of a suckling lamb), served atop some toast.
Pellet tea – America
This is a nicer name from what could otherwise be called shit tea. In the Old West, hungover cowboys would brew up a cuppa of rabbit droppings steeped in hot water.
Swallow Beaks & Myrrh Oil Potion – Ancient Assyria
Ancient Assyrians made a specialised potion from the beak of two birds and the oil of the wood of the Myrrh tree.
And if none of this works, spear 13 black-headed pins into the cork of the perpetrating bottle/s and seek vengance Haitian style.