Ixel’s Hangover Cure!

It’s that time of year when we spend time with friends and family.  We may on occasion over indulge in our favorite wines and drinks.  Here’s something that has worked for me on more than one occasion.  This is good fix as it helps with hunger and the pain.   Serves 2.


1 qt of chicken broth

3 Tbsp white miso

1  Tbsp Soy sauce

1/2 lb of shredded cooked chicken

2 large eggs

2 3 oz packages of ramen noodles (throw away the season packages)

Shredded carrots

Thinly sliced scallions

Sriracha to use to add at your pleasure (helps with the pain aspect  – I tend to use a lot)

In a medium sauce pan, combine the chicken broth, miso, and soy sauce: bring to a boil over high heat, whisking to dissolve the miso.  Add the chicken and simmer over moderate heat for around 3 minutes. Keep hot ov er low heat.

Set up a small ice bath.  Fill another medium saucepan with water and bring to boil.  Add the eggs and simmer over moderate heat for exactly 7 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon transfer the eggs to the ice bath to cool.  Carefully peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise.

Meanwhile, return the sauce pan of water to a boil.  Add the ramen and cook until just soften 3 minutes.  Drain well and transfer to large bowls.  Ladle the broth and chicken over the noodles and top with the eggs.  Serve with shredded carrots, thinly sliced scallions and Sriracha.  Enjoy and be well.

[as a side note – a similar dish is a popular hangover cure in New Orleans — where people know a thing or two about hangovers! In that town this is know – loosely — as Yaka-mein or “Old Sober.” It’s most renowned purvey is Linda Greene aka the “Ya-ka-mein Lady” who sells it from her street cart along second line routes,  at food events and festivals.

Read her story here: http://neworleanssoulfood.com/

and here’s more background and another recipe: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/03/new-orleans-old-sober-yakamein-soup.html#axzz51tvI6zK8]




Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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