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Jok Khlong San Rice Porridge

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Jok Khlong San's name is derived from the original district it started in. To the dismay of many Bangkokians they now set up much further out along the edge of Lak Song. It's an area almost entirely devoid of tourists.

Don't let that put you off. Those who do make the journey out west find one of the best examples of jok in the city. The Cantonese favourite, better known around the world as congee, is a rice porridge cooked with stock and pepped up with slices of ginger, a few chopped spring onions and pork meatballs salted with a dash of soy sauce. Anyone who's tried congee before will find the rendition at Jok Khlong San heavier than their Chinese counterparts, though an optional cracked raw egg helps to loosen the porridge and the yolk adds creaminess.

You don't need to take our word for it. Jok Khlong San may be as far as you can get from Michelin's usual fine dining staple, they have been awarded a Michelin Plate several years running. If that's not enough to convince you, maybe the dinner line that forms each evening will.

The street cart is as typical as they come, but behind is a covered open-fronted area with a few tables to perch and eat from. It's basic but a comfortable enough spot to have dinner, though many opt to take away. Expect to accompany your jok porridge with Thai soaps blarring from the wall-mounted TV.

The simple ingredients that go into making the rice porridge mean it's never expensive. At Jok Khlong San, a bowl starts at 35 THB (around US $1.10), and just a few extra baht depending on optional extras.

What to order

The basic rice porridge is perfectly good, but you should add the pork meatballs. Go for all the trimmings - slices of ginger, a sprinkling of spring onions and the deep-fried pa tong go (crispy Cantonese-style dough) all of which add texture to the soft rice. Eggs come in different forms. Either cracked raw and cooked lightly in the bowl, or as kai khem (halved Thai salted eggs). Those who aren't squeamish about offal can opt for a little intestine which is clean and soft, but is not required. And if you come in a group, an extra bowl of the excellent pork balls in a light ginger-spiked broth is always a welcome addition.

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