Tet has come and gone, and I’m sure you have heard the stories about the atrocious amount of drinking that takes place during this most sacred, traditional holiday. I was fortunately spared the brunt of the onslaught this year, as I was doing a road trip on my own, but sometimes there’s just no avoiding getting roped into a drinking session and getting pressured into drinking too much. So I’d like to offer some remedies for curing that awful Larue, Chivas, or, god-forbid, rice wine hangover. Here’s threes dishes to try for a hangover breakfast in Da Nang.
Hangover Breakfast in Da Nang
bò né – beef hotplate
Nothing cuts through a hangover like a big greasy fried breakfast. With bò né, you get beef, a fried egg, sometimes pate, a sausage, and a weird meatball, all served on a sizzling cast-iron platter (shaped like a cow, no less). Oh, and it comes with a big ‘ol baguette to mop everything up with. Yes, this dish will cure what even the hair of the dog cannot.
bún chả cá – fish cake noodle soup
For those mornings with just a few cobwebs from a moderate night before, I like bun cha ca, a spicy fish-cake noodle soup. I know the idea of fish + morning hangover isn’t for everyone, but I think it works. The soup has really bright, punchy flavors that lift you out of your haze. And the fish cakes are actually really easy to eat. The noodles give something to soak up the excess alcohol, and the broth, seasoned with a squeeze of fresh lime, helps you re-hydrate quickly to get you back on your feet.
cơm gà – chicken & rice
Sometimes after a night out, you wake up not so much hung-over, but just a bit foggy and really hungry. Enter cơm gà. You get a big piece of roasted chicken served on a bed of fried rice. It’s simple, stodgy and just all-around awesome. Plus you can wash everything down with a bowl of soup (more like vegetable broth, but it’s good). Slightly greasy, very filing, this dish has you covered.
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