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Four Asian cures for the morning after

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Whether it’s soju, sake or baijiu, consuming too much leads to the same result – the hangover – no matter where you reside.  Fortunately, if you are in Asia, there are a few traditional remedies that can provide some much needed relief. 

Congee (China)

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A comfort food for people when they aren’t feeling well, congee is a classic Chinese rice porridge made with a few simple ingredients like rice, water and whatever one feels like adding to it. Being soupy yet somewhat solid at the same time, congee tackles hangovers by rehydrating and soothing an irritated stomach lining.

You can make your own congee at home with a rice cooker like the Electrolux ERC2201.  Not only will it do the work for you, this fully automated cooker comes with built-in settings to make sure you won’t have to wait too long for your hangover cure.

 

Haejangguk (Korea)

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When it comes to drinking, the Koreans mean business. This dish was named after its purpose, and literally means “stew to chase a hangover”.

Haejangjuk usually consists of dried Napa cabbage, congealed ox blood and vegetables in a hearty beef broth.

Most fittingly, it can be found in the mornings from street vendors around Seoul. But it can also be prepared at home. Cooking the dish properly requires hours of simmering the ox bones in water to create the broth.  Using an induction hob like the Electrolux Maxisense is not just more energy efficient; the Maxisense also features intuitive touch controls, making it easier to keep the soup at a consistent simmer.

 

Pad Kee Mao (Thailand)

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Known as drunken noodles, Pad Kee Mao is one of Thailand’s most popular hangover cures. A popular remedy for a night of hard drinking in the country, this stir-fried flat noodle dish is made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, meat, seafood or tofu, bean sprouts and various seasonings. Chili and basil are also present in large enough quantities to give the dish its distinctive spiciness.

You can recreate the taste of Pad Kee Mao from street vendors with cooking hobs like the Electrolux Maxiflame. The hob, whose flames can reach temperatures rivaling that in professional kitchens, is the perfect appliance for recreating a proper Pad Kee Mao for a bad hangover the next morning.

 

Umeboshi (Japan)

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One of Japan’s oldest hangover cures, Umeboshi is a Japanese apricot that has been pickled for months, even years, until it’s extremely sour. The organic acids in the apricot raise the pH levels in your stomach, which helps to ease nausea and stomach pains. The fruit itself provides potassium and sodium, which is depleted after consuming alcohol and need replenishing. Low potassium and sodium levels result in many of the symptoms of a hangover – fatigue, headaches and nausea.

If Umeboshi is consumed before drinking, the fruit stimulates mucus in the stomach and slows absorption of alcohol.

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