Rice porridge (known as “jok” pronounced joke in Thai) is a hugely popular comfort food in Thailand, and is often recommended as a cure all for hangovers, sickness, or just a remedy if you are feeling under the weather. It is made by blending and boiling rice in stock water until it takes on a soft porridge texture, and serving with your choice of meat. We are making ours with juicy pork and shrimp meatballs for extra heartiness!
This dish is tasty, warm and very comforting to eat. You can make it using left over rice or simply prepare some fresh rice from scratch. Although the name “rice porridge” might sound a little dull to westerners, the dish is packed with flavour and converts practically everyone who tries it into a lifetime rice porridge lover! Give it a try today and let us know what you think!
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- jasmine rice 400g steamed 150g shrimp 300g minced pork 1 pork stock cube
- meat seasoning powder 1 tbsp chopped spring onion and coriander (for garnishing) grated ginger (for garnishing) fried garlic oil (for garnishing)
Special Cooking Equipment Used
Step 1: Dice 150g of shrimp and add to a mixing bowl. We used scissors to cut the shrimp into roughly 1cm pieces to keep our hands clean 🙂
Step 2: Add 300g of minced pork and 1 tbsp of meat seasoning powder to the mixing bowl, and blend everything into a paste using a hand blender.
Step 3: In a separate mixing bowl, add 400g steamed jasmine rice (great for using leftover rice from another meal) and blend with a hand blender until the rice is broken down (i.e broken down enough that no whole grains are visible)
Step 4: Heat about 1 litre of water in a saucepan until it begins to boil, then add 1 pork stock cube, and stir until the stock cube has dissolved.
Step 5: Now scoop about 1 heaped spoonful of the pork and shrimp mix that we made earlier into a ball shape, and add to the pan of stock. Repeat until all the pork mix has been used.
Step 6: Allow the pork and shrimp balls to cook for a few minutes until they turn white, stirring occasionally. Now add the blended rice that we prepared earlier to the pan and mix everything in. You want to break the rice up, but do this carefully so that you don’t damage the pork and shrimp balls.
Step 7: Allow the rice porridge to cook for about 5 minutes until the texture is like thick porridge. Serve and garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander, grated ginger, and fried garlic oil. You can also add a dash of pepper, an egg, chilli flakes, or any other condiments you wish.
We hope you enjoyed this recipe, please give it a try and let us know what you think. What is your favourite comfort food? Let us know in the comments below!
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