Traditional after-party remedies in Romania

Whether it is an all-night dinner or a clubbing night, sleepless hours like those on New Year’s Eve always leave partygoers, literally, with next-day headaches. Romanians have some famous traditional remedies for curing after-party headaches, dizziness and nausea. Here are a few of the most popular:

The juice from the pickled cabbage is one of the best-known hangover remedies in Romania. The juice resulted from the salted water in which the cabbage is traditionally pickled is excellent as a detox treatment, helping the body vitaminize at the same time. Besides the vitamins and the antioxidants found in fresh cabbage, other good substances contained by this juice are the mineral salts, ferments and enzymes.

Naturally-pickled cornichons and green tomatoes are also rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins A and K, iron, potassium and calcium.

Usually called ciorbă or borş, the Romanian sour soup is always present at traditional after-parties. For instance, the giblets soup (ciorbă de potroace) is unmissable at the early lunch on the next day of a wedding party. The sour fish soup (borş de peşte) is also a well-known remedy locals use to wipe away the traces of a heavy night. The wonder ingredient is the borş locals use to sour their soup with. It is a natural product based on the fermentation of bran. The traditional process results in a natural tonic containing B vitamins and C vitamins and many minerals. Just as the pickled cabbage juice, it is also rich in enzymes.

Another traditional treatment is the triple soup (ciorbă de burtă), this one usually soured with vinegar. Rich in proteins, it is considered an excellent hangover remedy in Turkey and Mexico as well.

Check out restaurants in Bucharest and across Romania where you can find such treats, and read more about Romania in this expat & travel guide in English – City Compass Romania: Bucharest & Beyond, 2017 edition. 

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