What gets ya through the morning after (aside from hair-of-the-dog)? Here in Portland, Eggs Benedict has been a traditional favorite, but since I love Chinese congee (rice porridge) so much, this caught my eye.
Lots of people swear by greasy bacon and eggs to help a hangover, but here is a healthier recipe for congee, which British chef Simon Hopkinson says is the best cure after imbibing too much. If you overindulged last night, make yourself a pot of this and feel better. It takes a while to cook, but if doesn’t require much effort, so you can lie down until it is ready.
Even though he didn’t need a hangover cure, my husband loved this. I didn’t have any bok choy, so I used spinach and I didn’t have any chilis, so I used a few drops of homemade srihacha sauce.
This recipe is from The Vegetarian Option by Simon Hopkinson.
Congee with Bok Choy, Golden Fried Garlic, Green Chili and Soy
2/3 cup jasmine rice
4 to 6 cups vegetable stock
7 thick slices fresh ginger, unpeeled
3 tbsp Shao-xing rice wine
3 or 4 bok choy, or similar Chinese greens, steamed until tender, then sliced
4 or 5 large garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced and gently fried in a little oil until pale golden and lightly crisp
2 or 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
shredded fresh ginger, steeped in rice vinegar
2 fresh, large green chilis, sliced
Light soy sauce
Toasted Sesame oil and/or chili oil
1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, mix together the rice, 4 cups stock and the ginger and bring up to a simmer. Cover and cook very gently indeed, for at least 1 hour or maybe longer, stirring from time to time; the desired consistency should be that of porridge, and with the rice and stock harmoniously married; you may need more stock to get it just right. Naturally, the rice will be overcooked almost to the point of submission. Once you are happy with it’s consistency, fish out the ginger and discard, then add the rice wine and stir in.
2. To finish the congee, ladle it into bowls, distribute the garnishes as you see fit, then trickle on a little of the soy and oils.
Uh, that looks waaay too healthy.
Me? I'm old fashioned. Not that I've had one recently, but for nostalgia? The classic fry up thanks. You know, eggs, toast... other bits and pieces. We like that here in Oz, thanks to the British. Esp with homemade baked beans!
While it may be a brekkie thang, it must never be consumed before noon, on a weekend especially. That's not the done thing...
Best hangover brekkie in Melbourne used to be The Spotted Dog's ridiculously large patter. :-D
Come on down some time Davo and we'll shout you a brekkie.
*Defensive* Hey, I like my bacon, at least the Yank stuff. UK-style cuisine sounds a bit much- 'Toad-In-Hole' 'Spotted Dick", but, yeah, I'll bite, yer on!
For me it's plenty of V8 veggie juice, not the fruity splash stuff...
Poached eggs, grilled Tomato's, Baked Beans, Hash Browns, heaps of Bacon and sometimes breakfast Scotch (usually Irish, it goes down smooth in the morning).
All store bought, who can afford to be fussy when you've got a cranking hangover, apart from the Bacon, that has to be free range, I have far to much respect for pigs to eat one that lived it's life stuck inside a fucking cage!
Wow, menudo, I've tried barbacoa, but I've gotta admit I'm not quite brave enough to try 'sweetmeats' (isn't that what the Brits call them?). Still, so many people swear by it...
Loco Moco sounds right up my alley, though. Anything Asian/Hot w/ loads of Liquid, Vietnamese coffee, water, smoothies, don't matter...
Cheers to you Mardy for the free-range comment, I still feel guilty when I eat bacon (top meat tied mit der barbequed brisket)!
The Waffle House provides the perfect rock and roll hangover food in the south. It's cheap, greasy, open 24 hours, has a location on every other corner, a jukebox filled with awesomely corny 45 rpm theme songs, and you never know when a fight is gonna break out. Get your coffee black, your hashbrowns "scattered, smothered, and covered," and your toast with raisins, of course.
Sounds good, when the Motards would come back from tour they would always say that they wished there was a Waffle House in Austin!
Do you go to that place Eats?
FYI At Las Vegas' Heart Attack Cafe a guy actually had a heart attack! People were taking pics 'cause they thought it was a publicity stunt! Here
Eats is pretty much a skanky hippie dump, better to get your heart attack snack next door at Zesto with a double decker or up the block at The Varsity, Atlanta's landmark chili dog palace.