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Jok Prince Rice Porridge

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It's amazing what a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin and a visit from the late roaming chef Anthony Bourdain can do for your business. Jok Prince is well and truly on Bangkok's culinary map and for good reason - their jok rice porridge is superb. What was once a side alley affair has now grown to occupy the next door shophouse.

This is Asian comfort food - rice boiled in stock until it breaks down to a smooth porridge-like consistency and elevated with tender minced pork balls, slices of ginger and spring onion, and texture added with deep-fried pa tong go.

Unlike Western culture, Thai's shun the idea of breakfast food favouring the option to eat whatever they like at any time of day, one I'm an advocate of. However, there are exceptions to the rule and jok is one that's almost always eaten either in the early morning or late at night after many a drink. Though Jok Prince is open from 6am until midnight, those will be their busiest hours.

It's a typical no-frills Bangkok shophouse restaurant - open-sided and narrow with a huddle of tables, a handful of Thai-Chinese shrines, bright lighting from fluorescent strip lights and an open kitchen area and serving pass. Its interesting name comes from its original spot in the alleyway leading to the Prince Theatre. Not much English is spoken, but staff here are used to foreigners and the menus are translated.

The food is reasonably priced - 40 THB (around US $1.25) for most combinations of jok and toppings with just a few baht for extras. If you're hungry, ask for piset for a larger bowl.

What to order

There's not much to decide upon when it comes to the menu at Jok Prince. The base is, of course, always rice porridge. You can then decide from combinations of minced pork balls or piggy insides like liver, tripe, kidney or heart.

Century eggs - creamy and gelatinous preserved eggs - are a popular edition with Thais though their appearance and texture are often a little too much for whose not used to such things. Alternatively, opt for soft eggs further cooked by swirling in the jok, the yolk creating a smoother, richer and more glossy finish. The crispy deep-fried pa tong go - fried wheat dough - is a must.

Whichever combination works for you, experiment with the table condiments - white pepper (don't skimp on it), chilli flakes and fresh chilli-laden vinegar. A little goes a long way.

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