Jok is a rice porridge typically made in Thailand. We love jok because it is so versatile – you can eat it for any meal (although Michael often ate it for breakfast when we were in Thailand). The best thing about Jok is that after you make the porridge base, you can customize it in so many ways by adding things like eggs or ground pork. The base porridge makes a great hangover breakfast or a soothing meal when you have a cold or flu. When you are craving a more flavorful meal, just add in whatever suits your fancy.
Ingredients for Porridge Base
Note: The measurements below are starting estimates. It is typical to use more or less of different ingredients based on your preference.
Chopped lemon grass – 3 or 4 stalks
Crushed ginger – 1 inch
Crushed garlic – 1 clove
Cooked rice – regular or jasmine
Pork or chicken bullion
Directions to Make Porridge Base
- Make the broth – boil the lemon grass, ginger, and garlic in 6 cups of water.
- Strain and add to the cooked rice. Then add pork or chicken bouillon to taste.
- Finally, add water and simmer to make the porridge base in your desired consistency. For thicker porridge, use less water; for thinner porridge, use more water.
Optional Ingredients to add to Porridge Base
Here’s where you can mix things up and add any or all of the optional ingredients below to your porridge.
- Fish sauce
- Red pepper flakes
- Eggs – crack into boiling porridge and let it sit as is or stir into the porridge
- Ground pork