If you're going to do one thing, you'd better make sure it's right. And they have at Mr Joe Crispy Pork. This is not a place for vegetarians - swathes of perfectly crisp pork skin clutch layers of tender meat and fat is the signature here. Its sliced and ends in lightly peppered bowls of kuay jab, a broth made with garlic, coriander root, soy sauce and rolled rice noodles.
No corners are cut at Kuay Jub Mr. Joe, the belly pork is marinated overnight and frying starts at 4am and continues across the day. Like many of Bangkok's shophouse restaurants, it started as a humble pushcart, building up enough of a customer base to warrant a bricks-and-mortar joint. Today, they sell over 500 portions of crispy pork every day.
Table churn is quick at this simple ground level shophouse, a narrow little space with few tables and street side kitchen with towers of colourful plastic bowls and a heated glass display housing dim sum.
Despite their success and award from Michelin, the prices have stayed relatively low, though at 60 THB (around US $1.95) it's a tad more than other kuay jab shops in the city.
It's always been popular among Bangkokians, but a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin has brought Mr. Joe Crispy Pork added international attention. Don't bother to turn up at lunch and expect at least a short queue even outside of peak dining hours. They open at 8.30am daily and close up around 4-4.30pm or whenever they've sold out, which they almost always do.