Jok Prince Bangkok - Why We Love 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, a shophouse restaurant where the food does the talking. They’re not going to win any awards for ambience 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 apiece.
I usually go for the pork (homemade fatty pork balls) and egg (poached) and I always order it ‘Pisset’. 'Pisset' which means a large size in Thai 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. That comes from the addition of a small amount of burnt rice in the congee. The homemade pork balls are deliciously soft and fatty. Nothing like the usually processed look chin balls found in Thai soups across the country. 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). 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.