Food to nurse hangovers

It’s hot and stuffy. The sun is blazing outside and rudely creeping in through the blinds. Oh, my eyes! Why is it so bright? You move to roll over. Whoa…the bed, or wherever you parked yourself last night/this morning, feels like a tiny dinghy bobbing about on rough seas. *Bob, bob, bob, bob…* It’s too hot to keep sleeping and you really need something to settle down the party which has been continuing in your stomach and bloodstream despite you stopping hours ago.

Good morning (or afternoon), and a happy new year to you, your stomach, your pounding headache and…so nice of you to join us, Hangover!

Although there are no foods which can miraculously cure hangovers, there are certain foods that somehow make you feel better through nothing other than comfort or placebo effect. If you’re wanting something fast-food yet can’t bear the usual international chains, then Ocean Foods has many deep-fried and more virtuous non-deep fried options. The grilled barramundi with chips (below) is just one of them – it is unbattered and cooked on the spot like all their hot foods. Paired with some sweet, crunchy and not-at-all greasy crab claws as well as a small tub of salad (coleslaw in this instance, pictured below) and you can soothe that hangover whilst having a balanced meal. For something in a more central location, there’s that famous soft-shell crab omelette (unpictured) from Café Ish which the husband keeps raving to everyone about.

Or perhaps you want something a little more pure and soothing. Pho An has any combination of beef, fatty beef, beef meatballs, beef tendon, tripe, chicken, etc in a fragrant Vietnamese beef or chicken broth with slippery flat rice noodles where chewing isn’t even required. Topped with fresh herbs to awaken the senses, stir in chopped chillies for warmth and slurp to restore some much-needed hydration. Noodle bowls are available in small (regular) and large sizes, and your food will appear almost instantly by magic. Peruse the menu at the doorway or ask for a printed menu when seated, as the wall menus are in Vietnamese and Chinese only.

To combine the best of both worlds Ton Ton Regent has ramen, karaage chicken, gyoza and tempura amongst other things, whilst Menya Mappen has udon, soba, lots of fresh crunchy tempura and kakiage, poached egg and small rice bowls all for very affordable prices. And runny eggs always make things better.

Gumshara will give you a thick, sticky, flavoursome and soul-restoring soup where each bowl is taste-tested by the master himself before being served. The noodles are springy and the pork is plentiful. Add a soft-boiled egg and you’re absolutely set for the day. If you want an alternate to noodles the ‘Special Rice’ bowl is serious value at around $8 with a foundation of rice mixed with sesame seeds, soft-boiled egg and vegetables topped with roast pork, and then the whole thing repeated on top of it again – it will satisfy the most ravenous of hangover hungers.

For a variety of eats including deep-fried things, rice, noodles, soups and Hong Kong fusion-style pastas then you simply cannot go past a “cha chaan teng” (茶餐廳). Iced lemon tea rates highly on my long-time loves even though it’s only black tea, sugar syrup and fresh lemon slices. You’ll find sweet drinks incorporating azuki (red) beans and grass jelly as well as Hong Kong-style French toast “sai dor see” (西多士) – typically two slices of white bread sandwiched with peanut butter, deep-fried in eggy batter before being served with butter and golden syrup. Trolley/cart noodles used to be street food sold, well, from a mobile cooking trolley, allowing for personalisation of soup noodles (flat rice noodles, rice vermicelli, Hokkien noodles, flat egg noodles, thin egg noodles, etc) and toppings (dried squid, fish balls, fried fish skin, luncheon meat, ham, pig’s blood jelly, beef meatballs, pork meatballs, chicken wings, mushrooms, etc and an array of vegetables). Not available at many Hong Kong fusion-style cafés in Sydney, Victoria Noodle Restaurant offers a great selection of noodles and toppings as well as other menu items. Try their salt and chilli chicken wings with rice – hangover or no hangover – if you get a chance.

For something healthy and sweet, wowcow serves 98% fat-free yoghurt with active cultures that is smooth and slides easily down the throat. One of Sydney’s earlier frozen yoghurt chains, mix in whatever toppings take your fancy from their display window and pair with cinnamon-sugared wow-sticks (baked churros) for dipping. I spotted Joh Bailey bringing a group of friends here late one night, and don’t forget to crane your head back (provided it doesn't induce too much dizziness) to marvel at the cow feature adorning the ceiling!

Corner of Lyons Rd & Gipps St, Drummoyne NSW
Tel: (02) 9181 4336

Opening Hours:  7 days  9am-9pm

Ocean Foods on Urbanspoon

82 Campbell St (cnr Foster St), Surry Hills NSW
Tel: (02) 9281 1688

Opening Hours:  Mon-Tues  7am-4pm
                        Wed-Fri  7am-10pm
Sat  9am-10pm
Sun  9am-2:30pm

Cafe Ish on Urbanspoon

Pho An
27 Greenfield Pde (near cnr Stewart Ln), Bankstown NSW
Tel: (02) 9796 7826

Opening Hours:  7 days  7am-9pm

Pho An on Urbanspoon
Shop 10.16, Ground floor of Regent Place, 501 George St (cnr Bathurst St), Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9267 1313

Opening Hours:  7 days  11:30am-10pm

Ton Ton Regent on Urbanspoon
Shop 11, Ground Floor of Meriton Tower – Skyview Shopping Plaza, 537-551 George St (near cnr Liverpool St), Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9283 5525

Opening Hours:  Sun-Wed  11:30am-10pm
                        Thurs-Sat  11:30am-10:30pm

Menya Mappen on Urbanspoon

Shop 209, Lower Ground Level, Harbour Plaza, 25-29 Dixon St (Chinatown), Haymarket NSW
Tel: 0410 253 180

Opening Hours:  Mon  CLOSED
                        Tues-Sun  10am-10pm

Gumshara Ramen on Urbanspoon
Shop A8, Lower level of Victoria Plaza, 369 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW
Tel: (02) 9410 1822

Opening Hours:  7 days…11am-10pm

Victoria Noodle Restaurant on Urbanspoon
Shop 2, 304-308 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW
Tel: (02) 9326 0400

Opening Hours:  Mon-Thurs  11:30am-11pm
                        Fri  11:30am-12 midnight
                        Sat  11am-12 midnight
                        Sun  11am-11pm

Wowcow on Urbanspoon

happy eating!


  1. Why hello fried food! I tend to go for lots of protein but a bowl of pho is perfect for when you're feeling under the weather. Happy New Year and hope you aren't nursing too much of a hangover!

  2. Happy New Year! Hope your head didn't give you too much trouble!

  3. Happy new year! Hope the year ahead is a great one for you :)

  4. Pho is my best cure for a hangover as well... it has protein, liquid and salt - the holy trinity of hangover cures. Failing that, ramen or a bacon and egg roll are good too. If I can't be arsed to get out of the house, it's instant noodles (Indomie chicken flavour) with soft boiled eggs for me.

    Happy new year, btw!

  5. happy new year chick! i say fish and chips are the best cure to a hangover!

  6. Happy New Year, bring it all on I say, I may not have a hangover (hehe) but it all still sounds like good eating to me!

  7. Won ton soup in a pinch, yum cha when time lets you and pho if i didn't live in the shire :P

    Happy New Year :)

  8. Happy New Year! Great suggestions for hangover foods - I had yum cha, but a bowl of pho would have been great!

  9. I like the way your photos are presented :) And hooray for noodle places like Mappen for a soupy, slurpy fix.

  10. I vote for Pho!! :)) Happy New Year!!!

  11. I reckon Menya Mappen is perfect for hangovers, but of course, I have to agree with Anh, it's pho!

  12. Happy NY! Totally agree that Pho is a good hangover cure, so is Viet iced coffee.

  13. Belated Habbby New Year! And yes, I had a massive hangover...stay away from rum.

    I had Pho during my hangover, works like a treat. :)

  14. What a great selection of food to nurse hangovers! My first go to dish will be the Gumshara ramen.

  15. OMW, what a fine selection. According to yahoo health, toast and honey are great hangover cures. I'm glad to see this spread too. Have a fabulous 2011, with love

  16. Hey Helen, I always used to rely on bacon and eggs as a wake-me-up. And I should clarify that I did not have a hangover on New Year's Day =p

    Hey Kristy, I was fine, haha. And a Happy New Year to you!

    Hey Ladybird, best wishes to you for 2011 as well =)

    Hey Rose, it always used to have to be something greasy, but in recent years something soothing like pho is most welcome!

    Happy New Year to you, too - please blog soon? =D

    Hey Panda, fish and chips are also great for rainy weather =p Happy New Year!

    Hey YaYa, oh yes, it's still great food hangover or not. Happy New Year!

    Hey Sara, I agree - yum cha is great too, especially as there's a selection of oily and non-oily foods! Happy New Year =)

    Hey missklicious, Happy New Year! Yum cha fixes many ailments, I find =)

    Hey Bel, thanks! And not to mention how cheap Mappen is too =D

    Hey Anh, haha, Happy New Year to you too!

    Hey Thang, starting to thing you two are a bit biased with your voting for pho here! =p

    Hey Howard, happy New Year! Viet iced coffee works wonders, as do most things with condensed milk for me =p

    Hey Adrian, happy New Year to you! Haha, luckily for me I'm not a fan of rum =D

    Hey Ellie, Gumshara ramen just feels like you're doing your body a favour when you eat it!

  17. Hey Kitchen Butterfly, toast and honey, hey? Apples seem to work well for me too, not that I regularly get hangovers!

  18. Mmm.. they all look like my usual lunch options! We swear by the pho breakfast hangover cure. Breakfast of champions.

  19. Hey Forager, they're my weekend lunch options when I can get to them!

  20. I went to Menya Mappen last night and loved it. Cheap, easy, tasty!

  21. Hey Miss Feathers, I was there again just the other night - there was a tempura soft-boiled egg! *swoon*


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