I’ve only been living in Edinburgh for two months, but I can confidently say that Scotland is the best place to be if you’re hungover. It’s a bold statement, I know, and I’m sure you’re wondering what brought me to this groundbreaking conclusion.
Two words, guys: greasy goodness.
Occasionally when I’m hungover, I want nothing more than an IV of electrolytes and vitamins (preferably from somewhere like this mobile hangover clinic), but 9 times out of 10 I turn into a ravenous beast and want to eat anything and everything. And even better if it happens to be greasy.
Scots know greasy food. Hailing from North America, I thought I’d seen my fair share of junky, delicious, and disgusting hangover food, but Scotland managed to surprise me. They don’t mess around here – they even deep fry their pizza!
Without further ado, these foods (and drink) are the reason you’re better off nursing a hangover in Scotland.
We’ve all been there: it’s 2am and you’re starving. Your options are limited – McDonald’s or the questionable leftovers in your fridge, and neither sound appealing. Behold the Munchy Box: AKA every food you could possibly want at ungodly hours of the night, together in one magical box. Contents may vary, but it generally contains pizza, fries, onion rings, kebab meat, fried chicken, naan bread, garlic bread, coleslaw, and dipping sauces, all neatly crammed together in a large pizza box. If I hadn’t known this was concocted in Glasgow, I would have guessed it was a gift sent from the Hangover Gods themselves.
What’s better than a hangover pizza? A deep-fried, hangover pizza. Popular at chip shops, a small frozen-style pizza is covered in batter and fried. If that doesn’t sound like enough trans fat for you, opt for a pizza crunch supper: deep fried pizza with a side of fries.
Salty chips smothered in sweet and tangy brown sauce is popular throughout the UK, but brown sauce (AKA sauce) in Edinburgh is often mixed with vinegar, giving it an extra kick. Chips with salt ‘n’ sauce and cheese is also a viable option.
Deep-fried mars bar
Craving something sweet rather than savoury? Try a hot and gooey deep-fried Mars bar. But be forewarned: after you try it, you’ll never want to eat a regular Mars bar again.
Essentially a mini pie crust filled with macaroni and cheese and baked. Not only is it delicious, it’s also genius: macaroni and cheese in a handheld, utensil-less form. Because let’s be real – when you’re hungover, you can’t be bothered with a fork anyways.
Scots generally rave about this fizzy, neon orange-coloured pop (which is often referred to as the country’s other national drink), but they also swear by its hangover curing properties. Perhaps it’s the 34 grams of sugar?
The reality is, if you plan to visit Scotland, you’ll probably end up hungover at some point during your visit. Whether you find yourself getting carried away at a whisky distillery, or some friendly locals demonstrate their hospitable ways by forcing countless shots on you at the pub one night, fret not! Take comfort in the fact that you will have a plethora of deep-fried, fat-laden, stroke-inducing foods to help rid you of your hungover state.
Would you try any of these foods? What’s your go-to hangover meal?