Right. Sorry Lili, for not answering yours sooner, but you’re a first time asker, and you had to made to wait. Everyone else has also had to wait ages before I answered, the slack bastard that I am, so I figured I’d make you wait too just so you didn’t feel special, or superior, or something.
So, where are we?
Um, water that gives you the squits. … Thailand (back in the good old days), India, Tanzania, and maybe Washington, I would have my doubts, but drinking the water occasionally while taking tablets, brushing the teeth, rinsing out after spewing in the sink at 4 am after a big night at the Speakeasy, are all OK in Taipei. That’s OLD Taipei city, mind you, DEFINITELY not New Taipei Shitty. Not even if you come from Nw York… your immune system’s not gonna be strong enough no matter where you come from.
Just make sure you have a good understanding of what’s died in the tank on the roof. I did all of the above for years in Taipei with no ill effects. It was only after we left that someone discovered the dead pigeons in the tank, but I was already gone by then.
Right, about hangover food: egg and bacon and cheese sandwiches (on English muffins, with lots of bacon fat, pepper, and ketchup) have been known since long before the birth of time or the evolution of the pig as the perfect food, not just for hangovers. the reason as to why is nonetheless a mystery. Perhaps it has to do with the provision of all five food groups in the perfect ratio: bacon, egg, fat, salt, and pepper.
and as for seaweed? perhaps introduce a small amount each day, hidden in the ketchup, to your breakfast roll. slowly you’ll shift taste perception and association, and you’ll end up craving it.
It’s not all the same, by the way. Sometimes it tastes like crap, like those big kelp twists (any food that you have to boil for six days is probably not very good for you), but sometimes they can be quite nice, like the little brown filament ones here in Okinawa deep fried in tempura, the sea lettuce in the miso soup in Japan, or best of all, the ones they somehow manage to distill into Laphroaig and Caol Ila and Ardbeg. Unlike food, any drink that the manufacturer distills for six days is definitely awesome for you.