Amongst many circles, the Vietnamese noodle soup Pho (pronounced Fuh), is heralded as the best hangover cure known to mankind. What do we say? Pho shizzle.
Pho is a magical soup made of beef, broth and rice noodles. Seriously, its magic. I’ll explain later. It is served in a bowl with thin cuts of well done or rare steak. For the more adventurous sort, tripe (stomach), tendons, liver, chicken hearts, or other risky business can be added. The broth is made from a simmered concoction of which only a level 50 Vietnamese wizard may be privy to the secret.
Pho is typically served with lime, been sprouts, basil, and jalapenos. Sauces like sweet hoisin or spicy siracha can be directly added to the broth. This is where the fun comes in. The best thing about Pho is its “choose your own adventure” aspect. During the course of your soup journey, you can change the flavor of the broth, making it a dynamic experience.
So how did Pho become nominated as a contender for the best hangover cure? For one, it’s a big, friggin bowl of soup so you get uber hydrated. The spices cause you to sweat out all of the toxins and exfoliate the layer of nastiness that has permeated your skin. To add, soup is comfort food. You drink soup when you’re sick, and I think that you would agree that you feel sick when you’re hungover. Lastly, the main ingredient is magic.
No one really knows why Pho is so effective at combating hangover effects. However, we do know that hangovers are the result of black magic. Long ago, a renegade wizard cast a curse on a great king. The king was supposed to invite him to his birthday party but he forgot. As revenge, the wizard bewitched a curse on those who drank at the party. The curse held through the ages. Since we know that hangovers are black magic, we can only assume that Pho is made from white magic. Fight fire with fire!
I’d like to give personal thanks to the Vietnamese culture. The Vietnamese are no strangers to drinking. For centuries, they have crafted this fine bowl of goodness into a masterpiece hangover helper. So, thank you. Thank you for your strong role in the quest for the best hangover cure.