I’m often asked ‘what is a typical Thai breakfast dish?’ The truth is, there isn’t really one. Let me explain. Thais eat pretty much anything for breakfast; curry, stir fry, noodle soup…You name it, they’ll eat it! One dish that’s always on the menu at a hotel breakfast, however, is Jok, otherwise known as congee/rice porridge. This comforting, rich, sloppy rice soup is my idea of the perfect Thai breakfast and Jok Prince in Bangkok’s Bang Rak area is one city’s best places to eat it.
Jok Prince – โจ๊กปรินซ์ บางรัก has been serving up delicious bowls of rice porridge for years to the local residents of Bang Rak. Located on Charoen Krung Road, just around the corner from the Lebua State Tower, it’s a classic hole in the wall, shophouse restaurant where the food does the talking. They’re not going to win any awards for ambiance in this place but that’s exactly how we like it!
On to the food and there are a few variations of congee here; pork, pork with ‘organ’, pork and egg and everything combined. You can also add a mini Chinese doughnut (pa thong ko) for 3 baht a piece.
I usually go for the pork (homemade fatty pork balls) and egg (poached) and I always order it ‘pisset’, which means large size in Thai and this will set you back 55 baht (£1.30 / $1.70). I think the only difference between this and the normal bowl is an extra pork meatball but as it’s only an extra 10 baht, I think I can live with that!
The soup has a real smokey flavour which I couldn’t work out at first. I’ve now found out it comes from the addition of a small amount burnt rice in the congee. The homemade pork balls are deliciously soft and fatty, nothing like the usual processed look chin balls found in Thai soups across the country and the thick soup is made even richer once you break up the soft poached egg. The jok is topped with fresh strips of ginger, spring onion and fresh coriander (cilantro) and, as with all Thai soups, you can tweak the soup to suit your own taste with the addition of dried chilli, soy sauce, chilli vinegar and sugar on the table.
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Congee is not just for breakfast, however, so Jok Prince is open in the morning from 6 AM – 1 PM (although they often run out of soup and close by 11) then they reopen between 4.40 PM and 10 PM for the after work crowd.
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