Estonian Diamond – Tomato and Smoked Cheese Soup
Prep:5 m
Cook:20 m
Total:25 m
Cuisine:Estonian 🇪🇪
Course:Starter Main course Snack Dinner

Estonian Diamond – Tomato and Smoked Cheese Soup



After conducting some highly scientific research (aka, a poll on Facebook), I have found quite a few unexpected repetitions in the food choices for a hangover. While I wasn’t surprised to see kebabs and McDonald’s food there, what amazed me was all the love for Lithuanian national dishes: herring and pink soup, anything potatoes, and even the Russian salad. Asian cuisine, with all its ramens and sweet and sour Chinese soup, ranked second. It seems that what matters is that the meal is salty, sour, spicy, and quite fatty.

Very few people actually choose meals that would really help with the situation, like bananas and oatmeal. Myself, I’d rather stick to coke, as I tend to choose soups or fasting after most parties. If my planning side is awake the night before, I’ll usually make some soup in advance. Especially given that most of them are more delicious the next day – that way, I avoid the risks of ordering a pizza and later crying about my struggling stomach.

But I gotta admit: to each their own. Not everyone can be happy about some broth. Some will gladly have a fatty dish with some extra fat in a fat sauce and feel just fine. Others will go as light as the juice of sauerkraut. By the way, they are the best personal discovery of the year taste-wise. Certainly good beyond hangovers. The only mistake I often make is opening up the bottle while still in the store – try that, and you’ll quickly find out why it’s a mistake.

Other salty drinks work just fine, too: tomato juice, ayran, you name it.

While some readers tend to experiment with cocktails and test their intestines with sauerkraut, others remain loyal to the classic kebab.

Some readers, like Adele, say that it’s not only food itself that matters, but the way it’s eaten, too: “A kebab from some iconic place, when the sauce is dribbling on your pants, and you’re eating in a parking lot with your car doors open.”

Another reader Paulina has found an unexpected recipe that’s certainly worth trying (I think she has some doctors in her family, so somehow I tend to believe that this craziness really works): “If you’re feeling sick, go for a toast and a Sprite. Took me years to find that perfect formula that won’t make me sick.”

Erika recommends to stick to liquid, easy-to-digest foods: “Tom Yam broth (leave all the solids in the bowl!); in summer – blended pink soup with lots of vinegar and a little bit of spice; potato dishes with a sauce that’s more like a soup.”

I have discovered this soup in Tallinn and called it the “Estonian diamond”. Locals told me it’s a popular hangover cure. Those that have tried the recipe surely didn’t regret it and, just like I did, couldn’t believe how simple and delicious it is. You could call it “Two-ingredient tomato soup with smoked cheese”.

There probably isn’t a simpler recipe than this in the whole world of soups. Seriously, buttering your toast takes more effort. It won’t take much time to prepare this soup, so if you start now, you’ll be able to eat in 15 mins.


  • 1 big can of tomatoes in own juice (or tomato passata);
  • 200 g any kind of smoked cheese;
  • cream (I barely use any, others say to use as much as 200 ml – but to be honest, I think you could even skip it altogether);
  • salt;
  • pepper (optional);
  • smoked paprika


  1. Bring 400 ml water to a boil. Meanwhile, grate your cheese. Add the tomatoes to water, stir, and mix in cheese and cream. Stir again and wait until the cheese melts.
  2. Blend the soup. If you used passata instead of whole tomatoes, you could probably skip this step. Voilà!
  3. At a café in Estonia, this soup was served with various sprinkles, but I don’t need them. Maybe for a better look? It’s up to you to decide whether you need those seeds here. I suggest sticking to the true flavor and eating the soup on its own. After all, we’re hungover, so putting too much effort isn’t appealing, is it?

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