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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


    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


  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 add at least 4 additional cups of water after 1 hour of cooking (for a total of 10 cups). The longer it cooks, the more water you will need, and the creamier the consistency will be.
  4. Once the rice porridge is as creamy as you like, 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!

28 comments… add one
  • Cynthia Bestall October 29, 2018, 11:53 pm

    I noted the dried shrimp were fried as a garnish. I had, years ago, an amazingly delicious dish of fried dried shrimp, at least I think that’s what it was, with chilis? In Chiang Mai, at the pool. I never forgot it but I haven’t been able to find anything similar. Any ideas? My son lives in Bangkok and I go there a couple of times a year, I also live in LA so plenty of Thai available!

    • Rachel October 30, 2018, 3:20 pm

      Hi Cynthia! I haven’t had that dish, but can ask my in-laws who are Chiang Mai natives.

  • renee December 4, 2017, 12:56 pm

    Isn’t it spelled “sawasdee”? not ‘sawadee’?

    • Rachel January 14, 2018, 4:28 pm

      Hi Renee, I’ve seen the transliteration from Thai spelled both ways.

    • Bob May 22, 2018, 2:48 am

      In the the ส (s) makes the sound of a ‘d’ when at the end of a syllable. The transliteration leaves an ‘s’ there even though in Thai there is no ‘s’ sound.

  • Bill Miller June 6, 2017, 1:00 am

    I have moved away from my fave jok shop! Bad air, crowds, and traffic not so good for a disabled Papa, so moved to a fishing village about 20 K south of Pattaya. Amazing seafood, but that is a different story.
    When by myself I often throw a cup of jasmine rice in the cooker, and have about half with whatever for dinner. The left over rice can be used for whatever, sometimes a favourite rice pudding, but a la Audrey’s question it is good for making jok.
    This morning I put the left over rice in my blender with some broth, a few tbs. of leftover pork laarb, and zizzed it to the right consistency… I like it a little thicker than the usual.
    Into a bowl and the microwave! When near boiling drop a raw egg in, and let it cook in the residual heat for a few minutes, add your preferred toppings, and enjoy!

  • Barbara May 31, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Years ago I went to Thailand and the first place I stayed had a huge tureen of Jok out for breakfast every morning. It was surrounded by all the different toppings and condiments to eat on top. I tried it the first day, and was hooked! Of course I went on to eat it every day I was there and I still crave it from time to time. The things I remember the most were the soft-boiled egg, the crisp-fried dried shrimp and the fried shallots and garlic. A little fish sauce, some scallions and white pepper- et voila! Heaven!
    Thank you so much for this recipe-it sounds exactly right and I plan to make it tonight when I get home from the Asian market!

  • Madeline Brian August 31, 2016, 4:37 pm

    I have been looking for this recipe. They start serving at 5 in the morning with the thai coffee…than I would peddle down to the beach and watch the sun rise. With a full tummy I would peddle home and go back to bed. Over 15 years you can imagine how much weight I put on doing this every morning. But now that I don’t live in Samui anymore I miss the jok more than any dish….and I did lose the weight.

    • Rachel September 1, 2016, 3:44 am

      Haha, those sound like such idyllic mornings! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Bill Miller February 22, 2016, 4:38 am

    Glad you have shared this recipe, Rachel. It is such a breakfast staple here in “The Land of Smiles”.
    The eatery down the block makes a huge kettle every morning. You can choose various additions such as pork or fish sausage balls, or they will drop a raw egg into the near boiling jok.
    The usual condiments are available at the table if you eat in, but some are really fiery!
    One of the resident dogs or cats may come and sit by your feet, too. Makes me feel at home.

    • Rachel February 23, 2016, 10:41 pm

      Love your description of the eatery down the block, Bill! Brings back great memories for me :)

  • Alyssa December 9, 2014, 6:14 pm

    I splash vinegar (red vinegar, even better) and add a spoonful of fried garlic. Super Thai, super delicious.

  • 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!!

  • Courtney June 6, 2014, 11:57 am

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

    • Rachel June 6, 2014, 1:21 pm

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

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

    It is also great with pork floss sprinkled on top.

    • 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 :)

  • 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?

    • Rachel December 19, 2013, 8:01 am

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

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