Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

Although “rice porridge” doesn’t sound like the most exciting or enticing dish, I’m here to tell you that it’s actually incredibly delicious.

The boyfriend has always talked about rice porridge, known as jok in Thai, as a great breakfast food.  It was usually brought up in the context of a mild, easy-on-the-stomach kind of dish, perfect for young kids, the elderly, and especially the sick.  Never having tasted it before, I always imaged jok to be a thin, lifeless, and completely bland rice soup, kind of like the equivalent of a dry piece of toast.

Fortunately, my initial image of jok couldn’t have been further from the truth.  This rice porridge is fantastically flavorful, while being warm and comforting at the same time.  

Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

It’s made of broken jasmine rice that is cooked with water until it takes on a soft, slightly thick consistency.  To this base, we add ground pork seasoned with generous amounts of fresh garlic and ginger.  The tender pork provides substance and depth of flavor while the fresh herbs bring a wonderful aroma and slight spice to the rice.  The dish is then seasoned with thin soy sauce and/or fish sauce to create a rice porridge that is as savory and flavorful as it is comforting.

Jok is typically topped with green onions, white pepper powder, and additional finely sliced ginger, along with a soft boiled egg.  The boyfriend also really likes adding some dried shrimp that have been deep fried on top, as they provide an element of crunch as well as an umami-like saltiness, although this isn’t exactly traditional.

I was blown away by my first taste of this lovely rice porridge, and have been a huge fan of it ever since.  And as soon as I realized how delicious this rice porridge is, I kicked myself for shying away from it for so long…

So, if you’ve never had jok before, I encourage you to make it now!  I promise – you won’t be disappointed.

Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

Makes 4 servings

Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

Ingredients

    Rice Porridge:
  • 1 cup broken jasmine rice
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 cup ground pork
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger, chopped finely
  • 3 Tablespoons fish sauce, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons thin Thai soy sauce, divided
  • Toppings:
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons dried shrimp, deep fried
  • dash of ground white pepper

Instructions

  1. Add broken jasmine rice to a large pot and rinse. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a gentle boil. Once the rice has reached a boil, turn the heat down to medium low.
  2. While the rice is cooking, heat a separate pan over medium high heat. Add a small amount of mild-flavored oil and then cook the ground pork with the finely chopped garlic and ginger. When the pork is cooked through, add 1 Tablespoon each of fish sauce and soy sauce, stir to incorporate, and remove from heat. Add the cooked pork mixture to the cooking rice.
  3. Stir the rice and assess its consistency. If it is becoming too thick, add additional water. I tend to need approximately 2 additional cups of water at about 30 minutes of cooking, and 2 more cups of water at approximately 1 hour of cooking.
  4. Once the rice porridge is creamy and slightly thick, add the remaining 2 Tablespoons soy sauce and fish sauce. Taste and adjust as needed.
  5. Scoop single servings of jok into bowls and top with sliced green onions and ginger, a dash of white pepper powder, deep fried dried shrimp, or any other toppings you like. Enjoy!

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  • audrey December 19, 2013, 7:50 am

    hi and thanks for advance.

    suppose i cant find broken rice, i can just use normal jasmin rice and crush it myself right?

    Reply
    • Rachel December 19, 2013, 8:01 am

      Hi Audrey, yes, I believe you can, although I haven’t tried it myself yet.

  • Linda Plyem December 29, 2013, 3:57 pm

    It is also great with pork floss sprinkled on top.

    Reply
    • Rachel January 1, 2014, 12:32 am

      Yes, Linda, I have some pork floss in my kitchen just waiting to be eaten with jok! Can’t wait :)

  • Courtney June 6, 2014, 11:57 am

    This was so delicious! Im addicted , thanks for your amazing recipe!

    Reply
    • Rachel June 6, 2014, 1:21 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I’m addicted to it too :)

  • Elizabeth July 15, 2014, 12:05 am

    Thank you! My husband is Thai and I have been trying to cook for him! This is the most straightforward recipe I have found. And I trust you know what you’re talking about :) I will let you know what my husband thinks!!

    Reply

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