Jok Nong Pooh, our favorite soup and dim-sum restaurant, in Bophut

 

Follow us to discover a Sino-Thaï restaurant. You will taste succulent soups and varied dim-sum, accompanied by iced tea. At the end of the article, learn how to make rice pork soup yourself, the traditional Thai breakfast.

 

The operation of this restaurant can be a bit disconcerting for foreigners. No one speaks English but it would be a shame to miss out on an authentic experience in a delicious and really inexpensive restaurant. So here's the procedure to follow, in pictures.

 

First get a number from a table. This way, the waiters will know which table to bring the dishes to. Then take a tray, put your number on the tray and select your dim-sum in the refrigerated display case. You can sit down unless you prefer to order a drink at the counter. Your dim-sum will arrive in a few minutes! They will be transferred by the restaurant staff to small steam baskets and they will arrive warm on your table. Delicious!!!

 

Price of the dim-sum: 20 THB per cup (about 0.6 USD). 20 THB also for iced tea. If you don't order a drink, the staff will bring you (free!) water and ice cubes.

 

The restaurant also offers another yummy speciality, pork leg, cooked for hours, served on a plate with rice, pickled mustard leaves, Chinese broccoli and hard-boiled egg. The meat's in the shop window, point it out. It will be served with a sauce to pour on the plate. The meat melts in your mouth! It's a full course for lunch.

 

Price of the plate: 50 THB (about 1.5 USD)

 

 

The restaurant also specializes in soups. We recommend you try pork rice soup, the traditional Thai breakfast, which is called here porridge or "Jok". If you don't like the idea of pork for breakfast, you can try it in vegetarian version, without pork but with egg and other ingredients. All the ingredients are in front of you. In the front row there is pork: pork meatballs in the left bowl, pork stomach in the middle and pork liver on the right (on the picture). Behind there are the condiments and in a basket on the right, which you can't see in the picture, there are the eggs. Point out the ingredients you want to add in your soup or, if you want everything, say "sai tuk yang".  

 

Price of soup bowl: 40 THB (about 1,2 USD)

 

The restaurant is open from 6am to 2pm. Soups and dim-sum are served in the morning until around noon. The restaurant is easy to find even if there is no sign. It is located on the ring road and is geolocated (click to be redirected to google maps).
 

If like us you love rice pork soup here is a traditional recipe, for 4 people. For a vegetarian version, click here.

 

Marinated pork meatballs: pound 4 coriander roots with 4 cloves of garlic and 1 tablespoon of white pepper until smooth. Mix with 400 g minced pork. Add 1 teaspoon of corn flour, 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix well and form small balls of pork.

 

Soup: bring to a boil 2 l chicken stock. Add 120 grams jasmine rice and 120 grams sticky rice, 1 large carrot cut into small cubes, 8 sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms, 3 tablespoons of light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix often. After 10 minutes, add the pork meatballs. Continue to mix often until the rice is cooked (the cooking time depends on the type of rice you use, but it takes an average of 15 to 20 minutes). Taste to adjust the seasoning. Add 4 fresh eggs, stir again and transfer to serving bowls.

 

Serve with: chopped fresh onions and coriander, ginger sliced in fine julienne, crispy garlic (chopped garlic, stir-fried until golden, served with oil).
 

 

  

 

 

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