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Healthy(ish) Brunch Dishes to Make You Feel Human Again After a Night Out

From Saturday morning staples like egg rolls to Asian-inspired congees, these Brisbane brunches are surefire hangover busters.
By Sarah Ward
October 09, 2019
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Healthy(ish) Brunch Dishes to Make You Feel Human Again After a Night Out

From Saturday morning staples like egg rolls to Asian-inspired congees, these Brisbane brunches are surefire hangover busters.
By Sarah Ward
October 09, 2019
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HEALTHY(ISH) BRUNCH DISHES TO MAKE YOU FEEL HUMAN AGAIN AFTER A NIGHT OUT

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From Saturday morning staples like egg rolls to Asian-inspired congees, these Brisbane brunches are surefire hangover busters.

Whether you've been tearing up the dance floor until the early hours, or just feeling a little dusty, we all know that eating is most definitely not cheating. When you're in recovery mode, you body craves healthy(ish) meals that'll perk you up and help you refuel for the day ahead. 

And brunches that hero eggs give you a healthy serve of amino acids and cysteine, which helps you break down acetaldehyde, one of the root causes of hangovers. If fact, there are heaps of nutritional benefits to eating eggs (on any day of the week) and the Heart Foundation recommends healthy Australians can eat eggs without limitation as part of a healthy diet.

To help get your morning off to the best start possible, we've rounded up six of Brisbane's best egg-filled brunch dishes to help you feel better, and fuller, after a night on the tiles. 

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    NAÏM

    Once you’ve gone shak, your tastebuds won’t turn back — from a big plate of shakshuka, that is. Hailing from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa, this egg and tomato-heavy dish is a firm highlight on Naim’s stacked menu. The Paddington eatery has a hearty version; the eggs are baked with a tomato and capsicum sauce, paired with saffron labneh, white beans and kalamata olives. You’ll also nab some housemade challah bread, which comes toasted, to help soak it up. Keeping with the joint’s Middle Eastern-theme, you can add an optional merguez sausage as well.

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    Mushroom and egg roll from Yolk Brisbane

    With a name like Yolk, there’s no prizes for guessing which food this Newstead newbie favours. Eggs are a part of almost every dish at the just-opened sister sibling to Morning After and, to keep the circle of life going, sometimes you’ll find chicken, too. In the healthy stakes, however, you won’t want to go past the mushroom and egg roll. Better for you than its bacon and steak counterparts — and obviously suitable for vegetarians, too — it keeps things simple but delicious. If you’re looking for ways to soak up all the vitamins A, B12, D and E that eggs boast, plus iron and omega-3s as well, this has you covered.

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    The New Black Kangaroo Mince Eggs

    Had a big night out in Fortitude Valley? You might not be thinking about heading back the next morning, but making the trip in for The New Black’s kangaroo savoury mince is worth it. Kangaroo meat is known for its low-fat, iron and zinc-filled properties, so you’re already doing your stomach a solid — and this dish doesn’t stop there. This Bakery Lane favourite also piles on a pickled chilli heirloom tomato, potato hash filled with rosemary and confit garlic, freshly made pea mousse and a poached egg. Prepare for a combination of tastes and textures, especially when your gooey yolk combines with the mince, hash and mousse.

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    Breakfast Carbonara dish from Morning After

    When you were a kid, you probably thought that having ice cream as a meal was the height of rebellion. Fair enough, too. As an adult, eating carbonara for breakfast feels much the same way. Ignore whatever you’ve been told about which kinds of foods to eat and when, because Morning After’s locally famous dish will have you wanting to start your day with pasta as often as you can. The West End cafe’s creative concoction combines pappardelle, field mushrooms, smoked pancetta and manchego — and it wouldn’t be the same without those 63-degree hens eggs. And, if you’re a late riser, you can tuck into this until 4pm every day.

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    Parship pakora from Florence Cafe

    Add a bit of zest to your brunch with Florence Cafe’s Indian-inspired option: a parsnip pakora paired with sweet potato puree, persimmon chutney and confit tomato, plus pickled chilli and topped with an egg. Spicy dishes are great for your immune system, and so are all the nutrients packed into eggs, so this is a particularly helpful way to regain the spring in your step on a hazy weekend morning — or any morning really. It also comes with a papadum, naturally. If you’re feeling extra famished, you can also opt for haloumi and a ham hock as well.

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    Gauge

    Gauge’s brunch game is fierce — especially when you’re hankering for a nutritious but far-from-ordinary meal. The restaurant’s black garlic bread has become the stuff of local legend, and it’s the type of thing everyone needs to try once. However the crumpet toast with soft egg, brown butter, chicken mortadella and pork crackling is just as worthy of widespread acclaim. First, there’s the light, fluffy bread. Second, there’s the mortadella, crackling and egg topping. It’s a considerable dose of protein in this flavour-filled dish.

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Eggs are a great option for breakfast, lunch, dinner — and any time you want a superfood snack. Head to Australian Eggs’ website to find more advice on nutrients and recipe ideas, so you can keep enjoying the benefits of this healthy and versatile ingredient.

Top image: Florian Groehn.

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