13 best hangover cures from around the world

If your usual go-to remedies aren't helping after a long night partying, try these cures from around the world.
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Panadol, instant coffee or cold showers not working for your headache and nausea lingering from last night's revelries? Skyscanner brings you our favourite hangover cures from around the world that are not only effective, they're delicious too! From a calming green tea to the weird and wonderful duck embryo, these remedies have been tried and tested by other cultures. You'll be functioning and feeling human again in no time.

1. Haejangguk - South Korea


A steaming hot bowl of Haejangguk will soothe your head while filling up your tummy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Aptly named 'the soup to cure a hangover,' South Korea's remedy of choice is the mouth-watering (and very satisfying) Haejangguk. The soup comprises of beef broth, congealed ox blood, dried napa cabbage and other vegetables - ingredients widely believed to be effective in combating unpleasant effects of the morning after.

2. Pocari Sweat - Japan


An all-purpose remedy for everything that ails you. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

After a night of drunken karaoke, the Japanese rely on Pocari Sweat to replenish the body with electrolytes and minerals. Despite being marketed as an energy drink for athletes, Japan has refashioned it as an all-purpose remedy for an assortment of ills, from the common cold to chronic exhaustion. It helps that Pocari Sweat is slightly sweet and deliciously grapefruit flavoured - definitely less painful than regular medicine!

3. Prairie Oyster - USA


Knock back this potent shot for a quick hangover relief. Photo: Screengrab from Skyscanner

While it may seem like a bad idea at first, some Americans swear by the Prairie oyster - otherwise known as a Bloody Mary on steroids. It's made up of raw egg, tomato juice, ground black pepper, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. The trick is to swallow it all in one shot, and avoid breaking the egg yolk. Bottoms up!

4. Green tea - China


Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that's also good for your health. Photo: ST

Green tea is good for you in so many ways; from clearing up your skin to speeding up your metabolism. But did you know that it's also an effective hangover cure? All thanks to its antioxidants and a touch of caffeine! Drink it warm for best results.

5. Balut - Philippines


Balut is considered a delicacy in the Philippines... despite how it looks! Photo: Shutterstock.com

Balut is a Filipino delicacy that comprises of a fertilized duck egg that's been boiled alive. This exotic treat is consumed with the shell, including the beak! While the very sight of it might not be very appetizing, our friends in the Philippines consider it the ultimate hangover remedy, and also believe it enhances male virility.

6. Burek - Croatia


Burek – a tasty baked pastry filled with meat or cheese. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Burek, a savoury snack from Croatia, also serves as a tasty hangover cure. It is basically a pastry stuffed with cheese or meat, which abundantly provides carbohydrates and oils to slow down the body's absorption of alcohol. Yummy!

7. Banya - Russia


Relax yourself as the steam flushes out toxins in your system. Photo: Shutterstock.com

A session in a steam or sauna room will not only leave you feeling rejuvenated, but also helps you sweat out the toxins from all the vodka you imbibed last night. Just ask the Russians - they swear by this simple, yet very effective cure!

8. Mince and cheese pie with chocolate milk - New Zealand


Chocolate milk – Brings back childhood memories, chases away adult hangovers. Photos: ST, Shutterstock.com

While it may not seem like it, this comforting and deliciously satisfying pairing packs a punch with its potent mix of proteins. Amino acids like cysteine and taurine helps flush alcohol out of your system and also boosts the liver's detoxifying abilities.

9. 100 Plus - Malaysia


Replenish electrolytes and minerals with this refreshing isotonic drink. Photo: F&N

Widely regarded amongst Malaysians as their favourite isotonic drink, 100 Plus is power-packed with electrolytes and minerals to combat your hangover in no time.

10. A pair of pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice - Mongolia


Tomato juice aids the liver in flushing toxins from the body effectively. Photo: AFP, Shutterstock.com

No doubt the weirdest entry on the list, this bizarre concoction is surprisingly effective in relieving hangovers! A study conducted in Japan in 2012 also suggested that tomato juice helps the liver purge alcohol and toxins from your system.

11. Espresso - Italy


A shot of Espresso will wake you right up! Photo: Shutterstock.com

Italians are synonymous with their love for coffee, and it comes as no surprise that the potent drink is also their favourite cure for hangovers!

12. English breakfast - United Kingdom


A hearty full English breakfast. Photo: Reuters

Drank a pint too many last night? A full English breakfast will provide you with plenty of salt, protein and fat to replenish lost electrolytes and help your body recover from the nausea and aching heads. Tuck into a combination of tomatoes, fried mushrooms, sausages, toasts, bacon and eggs. If you're feeling indulgent, add a side of hash browns, baked beans and black pudding too!

13. Vuelve a la Vida - Mexico


Healthy, tasty and a quick cure to your hangover! Photo: ST

There's no hangover quite as painful as a tequila induced one. Make like the Mexicans do and banish the nasty headache with a Vuelve a la Vida! Put aside that panadol and tuck into this shrimp salad made up of tomatoes, prawn, onions and lime. The antioxidants and tangy zing will perk you up in no time!

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