We've talked about the ideal hangover-soothing recipes for curing a headache at home, but let's be honest. If you really overdid it last night, the answer is to have someone else make breakfast. We've been seeking out the best options all around the country since the launch of SE Drinks in February 2011. Here are our favorites: the 18 most delicious dishes we've eaten in our hunt for a hangover's end.
'hangover cures' on Serious Eats
Drinking, at least once in awhile, leads to over-drinking. And in the morning, you need something to help pull you together. Greasy egg sandwich? Hair of the dog? SportsCenter and Chinese takeout? We asked 15 bartenders how they kick a hangover; here's what they had to say. What's your hangover cure?
If you get your kitchen stocked up in advance, you can be ready to face the morning (or, ahem, afternoon) with one of these comforting dishes, some spicy, some eggy, all soothing and delicious.
The older I get, the less certain the world seems. One thing that I can probably always count on, though, is the morning after, and oh how I suffer. Another of life's certainties? As long as there are hangovers, some quack will always want to sell you a hangover cure. These days, they're usually pills or powders. Time and method of delivery vary. As to their efficacy, I'm a devout skeptic.
A cube of fatty pork belly and several hunks of tender pork shoulder first spend several hours in a marinade of soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili oil. The meat next undergoes a long braise in a syrup of caramel, garlic, ginger, and chili paste before it's ladled on a bed of steamed white rice. The dish gets a touch of Portland (or is that Portlandia?) with the addition of chopped egg pickled in honey, soy sauce, and star anise. A second egg draped over the pork to allow the yolk to spill over everything beneath it completes the stew and helps nudge it a little closer to the breakfast end of the meal spectrum.
We talk a lot about Hangover Helpers here on SE: Drinks, but it's often just an excuse to seek out deliciously greasy breakfast plates, awesome-hot Mexican fare, and a reason to check out a new brunch spot and then be lazy for the rest of the afternoon. Do you take magic vitamins before you go out for a hard-drinking evening? Or do you drink coconut water or Gatorade before bed? Tell us your headache-healing secrets.
I wake up Friday morning barely getting over a cold from earlier in the week, get caught in meetings all morning before finally getting to start my real work in the late afternoon, don't get as much done as I hoped, and decide to say, "screw it, it's Friday, time for happy hour." Rather than grocery shopping, I get a cocktail, realize that New York Mart is now closed, acknowledge the grave error I've made in my meal planning, and send down another cocktail to keep the first one company. My wife ends up meeting me downtown for another cocktail, followed by dinner out (that's a bottle of wine and an after dinner drink), and since we've already decided to make a night of it, we might as well really make a night of it. Next thing I know, it's noon on Saturday, the dog needs to be walked, and I've got nothing but a bag of bok choy, a shallot, a few potatoes and a couple of eggs in my pantry to nurse us back to good health.
Bottom Shelf research director Emily and I have hit a couple of snags in our wedding planning. The first and relatively benign snag is that we have not yet pinned down just where and when this wedding will be, nor how we will pay for it. We know it will be in 2012 and in the right-hand half of the United States and will involve credit cards and wishful thinking, though, which is a good enough start to allow me to focus here on the second, rather more substantial snag: our differing opinions on the meaning of the phrase "no hard alcohol at the reception."