Filipino Hangover Cures: Unique Soup Options

My go-to hangover cure does not exist in the Philippines!

It is hard to believe that a McDonalds thickshake is not available in a land where everything is sweet.

I miss the soothing effects of that thick, creamy, sweetness on the stomach. And the ease of rehydration after consumption that comes with it (if you think im crazy, try it!).

My search to find a viable substitute have led me down a very different path. To rehydrate and rejuvenate I have found nothing better than some of the locally available soups to do the trick.


There are pork, shrimp and salmon varieties to satisfy those taste buds. They all taste great and give you a choice in just how fatty you want your broth to be.

This sour and salty tamarind concoction has lots of soft and juicy tomatoes and slimy okra. It is an unusual flavor combination but is the ultimate comfort food once you get used to it.

You will feel instantly better after that first sip!

The risk here is that you can feel a bit acidic afterward.

I found that most restaurant sinigang had this effect on me and I would have killer indigestion the rest of the day. Not unusual for my hungover self anyway so probably not the Sinigang’s fault.


You need to be in the right mood for Tinola. When you have a taste for it there is not much else that will satisfy you.

This is equally as rejuvenating as the Sinigang if it is done right.

The biggest risk to your soup is its level of saltiness. Too little and it is flat and flavorless, too much and all you taste is the salt.

The choice of chicken will also make a big difference.

The super boney version I find less satisfying than when chicken breast is used, preferably with some skin left on.

The chicken broth and ginger has a healing quality to it.

Lots of soft sayote will help it all slide down and at least make you feel like you are getting hydrated again.


I didn’t even know what Pho was until I came to the Philippines. This Vietnamese specialty is now one of my favorite dishes.

Loading up your Pho with chili and lime keeps it refreshing, and will make you sweat out all the rubbish in your system from the night before.

The best Pho in town without a doubt comes from Ba Nois restaurant in Makati. They have no website, but can be found just near Greenbelt 5 on the corner of Dela Rossa and Perea.

Everywhere else that I have tried does not really rate a mention.

A spicy pho coupled with some greasy fried spring rolls will have you feeling like your old self again.

Unfortunately, about a year ago they decided to cease all home deliveries. This all but removes it from the hangover cure list unless you live within walking distance.

A great tragedy for the sad and sorry alcoholics on a Saturday morning, but a great feed nonetheless.

Final Word

Despite all this soupy goodness, I will always miss those Thickshakes… To the people at McDonalds Philippines – what’s the deal?

You would sell a ton of these here!

Nothing will top this for your hangover cure, but all of these comfort food options will at least help you through your day.

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