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What Are the Different Types of Hangover Soups?

Dan Harkins
Updated May 16, 2024
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The day after overdoing it alcohol-wise, a common reflex is to take aspirin and drink extra water to battle the effects of becoming dehydrated. Several hangover soups are reputed to go beyond mere rehydration and blood thinning, though. These soups resupply some of the vital nutrients and electrolytes you lost during your binge, while often delivering a distracting kick to your digestive system through the use of chiles or other heat intensifiers. Depending on where you live and which culture most influences your life, you may already have faith in a few of these hearty hangover cures. Menudo, patsa, haejangguk, and zurek are all different variations on hangover soups.

In the western hemisphere, tripe — the stomach lining of a cow — figures prominently in several countries' hangover soups. Mexico has menudo, which combines the tripe with two types of chiles, chile sauce, lemon juice, oregano and onions. In Puerto Rico, this soup is called mondongo and it frequently includes chopped vegetables with starchy qualities like potatoes, beats or carrots. These vegetables are credited with soaking up excess alcohol that still may be polluting your system. El Salvadorians called their tripe hangover soup sopa de patas, and the vegetables it uses are cabbage, plantains, squash, corn and yucca, a dense type of potato.

Cows aren't the only supplier of tripe, though. Across the Atlantic Ocean, sheep tripe is use in a few traditional hangover cures. Greece has patsa, that combines the lining with an acidic element from lemon juice or vinegar. Iskembe corbasi is a cream-based Turkish soup with sheep tripe that's recommended for consumption the night before a hangover even takes hold.

Spice — mild or fierce — figures prominently in many hangover soups. This provides a distraction for your system but also speeds the digestive process. Koreans slurp the fiery haejangguk, which is a stock made of cow bones and blood, cabbage and sprouts that throws black pepper, chili powder and other heat intensifiers into the mix.

Adding animal parts or excessive spice aren't the only options for hangover soups, however. A milder alternative is onion soup, sold in France. Other cooks swear by a simple mix of pumpkin and chicken or vegetable stock. Russians are familiar with zurek, a soup with a rye base that's often referred to as white borscht soup and which is customarily served to wedding guests so that fond memories won't be replaced with sour headaches the next morning. Miso soup from Japan, a simple stock with noodles and onions, also is hailed as a calming hangover soup that will gently restore some nutrients lost to battling all that alcohol.

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Dan Harkins
By Dan Harkins , Former Writer
Dan Harkins, a former military professional, brings his diverse life experiences to his writing. After earning his journalism degree, he spent more than two decades honing his craft as a writer and editor for various publications. Dan’s debut novel showcases his storytelling skills and unique perspective by drawing readers into the story’s captivating narrative.

Discussion Comments

By bear78 — On Jan 03, 2015

I don't think I could have anything hot and spicy when I have a hangover. Alcohol is quite hard on the stomach and when I drink too much, I usually end up sick with nausea. So I need something fairly bland. I drink whatever I can get at a nearby restaurant like broccoli and cheese or clam chowder. Tomato soup and grilled cheese is good too although the tomato soup can cause some acidity as well. Any soup that's cheese or cream based usually works just fine.

It would be nice if I could actually drink within limits or better yet, quit drinking, so I don't have to spend weekends nursing myself back to health.

By bluedolphin — On Jan 02, 2015

@SteamLouis-- Actually, tripe soup is great for hangovers. And it tastes quite good too. I had this soup when I was in Turkey. People there frequent soup shops late at night after drinking to settle their stomach and recover from hangovers. It also attracts regular hungry people who have a craving for this kind of soup.

The soup is very creamy as the article said. And it's eaten with the addition of vinegar and spices like cumin. Somehow, this combination was exactly what my tummy needed after drinks. And tribe tastes quite good too. It actually has a bland flavor to it. I was told that it is cleaned carefully and extensively and then boiled to make the soup. So there is nothing gross about it. It's delicious.

By SteamLouis — On Jan 02, 2015

I always have chicken noodle soup to treat a hangover. It seems to work great for me because it is my favorite soup and a great comfort food too. There are some great recommendations in this article though. I might try a few. Miso soup sounds very good. I don't think I would try tripe soup though. That could make me even sicker.

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