Korean Culinary Cures: From Tummy Aches To Hangovers, Here’s How Moms Cook Up Relief
Kongnamul-guk (콩나물국), soybean sprout soup
This can be served two ways, with Korean chili flakes for a spicy kick or without. It is commonly believed to help cure hangovers in adults. The saltiness of the soup, combined with the natural vitamins found in soybean sprouts, helped “clean” the liver and stomach.
Jook (죽), rice porridge
Kimchi (김치), Korean fermented vegetables
Baesuk (배숙), Korean pear punch/tea
Baesuk is a traditional Korean punch/tea made by poaching or steaming Korean pear (bae; 배) with black peppercorns, honey, and ginger. If served hot, it is commonly used as a remedy for the common cold, sore throat, or cough. The ginger is believed to aid with keeping the body warm, the honey is thought to soothe the throat, and the Korean pear is said to help with digestion.