8 Effective Hangover Cures for Soju Lovers!
Updated: Oct 30, 2020
Did you know that Soju generally consists of about 20 percent alcohol by volume spirit? (However, Gulp Gulp Honey Soju only consists of 9.2% alcohol!) That makes Soju even stronger than most beers and wines.
Despite the strong alcohol content, people still love drinking Soju so much. In 2017 alone, the total consumption of Soju in Korea was approximately 1.31 million kilolitres - which is equal to about 3.64 billion bottles!
If you ever had a few too many Soju shots on a night out, you would most likely dread a hangover in the next morning. Headaches, muscle aches, nausea, excessive thirst, dizziness, fatigue - these are just some of the symptoms of a hangover.
Can we enjoy drinking Soju without feeling so uncomfortable the next day? Yes, we can! Here are some tried and tested ways to cure your nasty Soju hangovers.
1. Haejangguk (해장국) | Korean Hangover Soup
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‘Haejangguk’ translates to “soup to chase a hangover”. It usually consists of Napa cabbage, vegetables, and meat in a comforting beef broth soup. However, Haejangguk comes in many different variations!
In Seoul, Haejangguk is usually named as Tojangguk instead - a delicious soybean paste soup! It is made of kongnamul (soybean sprout), radish, napa cabbage, scallions, coagulated oxblood, and tojang (soybean paste) in a broth. It makes for a hearty and comforting meal to alleviate your hangover.
If you’re looking for something more light and mild, go for Hwangtae Haejangguk instead! It features dried pollack (a Korean fish) instead of oxblood.
2. Jjamppong (짬뽕) | Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup
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Jiamppong is a popular Korean spicy seafood noodle soup which tastes very refreshing and comforting. It is said to be as popular as Jajangmyeon (Korean black bean noodles)!
Jjamppong is a great hangover cure as the spicy kick will help offset the consumption of alcohol from the night before. This is because spicy food causes you to sweat, releasing those nasty alcohol toxins. Additionally, spicy food makes you want to drink more water, therefore helping with your dehydration too!
3. Green Tea
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Green tea is definitely a more accessible option to all of us! Packed with antioxidants, green tea keeps your body’s cells healthy, which means a healthier liver for you!
This is especially great after a long night of consuming strong alcohol, as we all know that alcohol harms our liver.
You may also consider adding lavender to your green tea if you’re feeling nauseous as it will calm your stomach.
With these tips, hopefully you will be able to enjoy a good Soju night and not spend the next day feeling uncomfortable!