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Where to go and what to eat when you're hungover in Hong Kong

Where to go and what to eat when you're hungover in Hong Kong

Written by
Sarah Moran
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So, things got a little crazy last night and now you’re curled up in your bed with a pounding head, a dry throat and a growling stomach. Yep, it’s certainly a hangover, but don't worry too much, we've all been there. The morning after the night before comes with what are surely among the worst feelings in the world, so we've put together a list of the best things to eat and drink to perk yourself up after a heavy night, and where to find them in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: Take it easy next time and opt for these best Hong Kong bars for mocktails and low alcohol drinks instead.

Where to find the best hangover food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong French Toast

Hong Kong French Toast

This heavenly Hong Kong dish of egg-soaked, deep-fried peanut butter-filled bread topped with butter and condensed milk or syrup, is a godsend when you're hungover. The thick cut of the bread will soak up all the booze sloshing around in your belly whilst the sweetness from the butter, syrup and condensed milk will give you enough of an energy kick to get through the morning. Just about every cha chaan teng in town offers this staple. These four spots offer innovative spins on the morning favourite and are pretty popular among locals, but we also love these classic Hong Kong and western-style French toast.



English Fry-up
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English Fry-up

Feeling as if your liver is permanently injured after last night's adventures with your old friend Henny? This English breakfast favourite can help you recover in no time. Trust us, fam. Head over to one of these restaurants for a fry-up that'll fix that feeling of nausea and headache. The high level of cysteine found in eggs combats the nasty chemical that causes headaches as your liver breaks down the alcohol in your body.

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Thick and Fluffy Pancakes

Thick and Fluffy Pancakes

Sometimes when you're hungover, you just need to fill your alcohol-soaked stomach with some sweet pancakes and hope all those carbs will absorb the alcohol and help you to become a functioning member of society again. We love ourselves some thick pancakes in Hong Kong, and from cloud-like to stodgy, these are the best sweet stacks to tuck into in Hong Kong.

Rice
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Rice

In case you haven't noticed a pattern here already, we Hongkongers love our carbs – especially rice. Rice features heavily in many classic Hong Kong dishes, and it's great to eat when you're hungover to help rid your stomach of last night's poison. Chow down on some char siu fan in one of Hong Kong's many cha chaan tengs or head over to the Kowloon side for a warm, comforting dish of claypot rice.

 

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Pho

Pho

Pho is commonly eaten for breakfast in Vietnam, and soup is a beloved cure-all in many cultures, so a bowl of pho the morning after a night of drinking makes for a perfect hangover cure. A piping hot bowl of pho manages to walk the fine line between being both hearty enough to comfort your hangover hunger, but light enough to not tip your sensitive stomach over the edge. There are plenty of amazing Vietnamese restaurants in town, but we particularly love the pho in Nha Trang group-owned BEP Vietnamese Kitchen, hole-in-the-wall joint Co Thanh, Brass Spoon and Pho Bar.

Smoothie / Juice

Smoothie / Juice

Detoxing after a night of excessive drinking is highly recommended to reset your body, and jam-packed with goodness, smoothies and nutrient-rich juices make it easy for you to get nourished on the go. The Diner's antioxidant-rich Morning After smoothies should blitz you back into tiptop shape in no time, but we also love the selections offered in Mana!, Classified, Nood Food and Bear's Lab.

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