Colombian Hangover Cure - Changua
We are so fortunate to have such wonderful watering holes here in New Castle. But of course it’s the proprietors/friends there that make it even more worthwhile - Justin, Dwayne & Aaron, Tony & Q are all such gracious and fun hosts. So fun in fact, that on rare occasions, some of us don’t necessarily want to end the party when the establishment closes.
Or, the kids are over and we don’t want to stop playing Cards Against Humanity and drinking lemon ginger martinis because we’re having too many laughs.
Recently I had such an evening with Tom and Lauren, and my daughter was a tad worse for wear the next day. Have you ever had such an evening? Me too. Save this recipe.
I had heard about Changua, touted as a “hangover cure,” and thought it was a good day to give it a try.
It’s a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, where it originated. Perhaps they have some great watering holes nearby as well.
It’s a comforting soup, but also exactly what the doctor ordered for my girl’s less than stellar morning.
1/2 cup chicken stock or veg stock
1 cup milk
2 tablespoon sliced scallions, roughly two stalks
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon chili flakes, optional
1 slice of well-toasted bread, stale is preferred*
**salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan over medium heat, add water and milk. When it starts to boil, toss in the sliced scallions, saving a little for garnish.
Carefully break the egg and add it to the liquid. Cook for three minutes for a soft egg, stirring occasionally.
Salt and pepper to taste. (* Luckily, ingesting salt is a quick and easy way to replace some of what we lose. Salt also contains the electrolytes magnesium, calcium, and potassium; so it’s good for more than just sodium replenishment.)
Gently place the egg and pour the soup over a well-toasted bread slice in a bowl.
Right before serving, add chopped cilantro, and pepper flakes if you wish.
This simple breakfast soup has the comforting warmth of oatmeal but the satisfyingly savory bite of an egg sandwich. It reminds me of my mother’s oyster stew. It’s exactly what you need after that rare occasion when you were having too much fun, and it’s easy enough to put together while stumbling around the kitchen in search of aspirin.
Though I’ll admit that Whole Foods and Janssen’s are my favorite supermarkets, the new Wegman’s is pretty close and they have a real bakery.
** Don’t use sandwich bread or any soft, enriched type of bread, no matter how stale. It will disintegrate in the soup. I picked an organic sourdough loaf, which was perfect for this. And as much as I minimize carbs, you’ll need the energy to feel better.