When you get Tom Yum + Claypot + Porridge in a single dish, perhaps it will get Singaporeans joining in the queue.
Jok Jok Mor Traditional Thai Claypot Porridge located at 129 Rangoon Road (near Farrer Park MRT) received some positive feedback from online reviews, and so I was curious enough to pay it a visit.
After making a call and informed that ”reservations are not allowed”, I went during an off-peak hour to prevent a crowded situation.
You see, the negative reviews they received was mainly due to the long waiting hours, some stretching up to 1.5 hours. I wasn’t prepared to wait that long for porridge.
The Thai eatery specialises in Claypot Porridge, with a base of Tom Yum, See Ew Kao (Thai light soy sauce broth), or Mak Kum (distinctive zingy and refreshing broth).
Diners can opt for Mama Instant Noodles (+$1) with different toppings from seafood, chicken pork to vegetables ($8.90 – $14.90).
Prices indicated on the menu are inclusive of GST, with no service charge.
Due to the design of the menu, first-timers may need to think through before really getting it.
There are other side dishes available such as Crispy Pork ($6.90), Otah ($7.90), Thai Fish Cake ($5.90), Fried Seafood Rings ($5.90) to Fried Sesame Chicken ($6.90).
The Fried Tumeric Chicken Wings ($6.90) were better than expected, with an addictive seasoning layered on the outside, covering juicy meat that was quite flavourful.
On a side note, the Thai Iced Milk Tea ($2.90) being rather diluted without the distinctive Cha Yen element, was probably the weakest link. But not a major problem for me.
I ordered the See Ew Kao Porridge as I wanted to try something plainer.
The texture was semi-thick (can be less thin), quite generous in ingredients. It wasn’t as steaming hot as I had imagined, but this would do.
There was an interesting house-cooked savour to it, and I was glad the porridge itself wasn’t overly seasoned or salty, yet tasty enough for a comforting treat. Portion was sufficient for one.
Wasn’t blown away, but thought it was good enough. (Most people would come and order the Tom Yum Porridge, since it is not as common in Singapore.)
The item that I really enjoyed, was the Tom Yum Mama Noodles, which actually reminded me vaguely (say 20%) of Jeh O Chula’s – that sweet-spiciness and tanginess.
More authentic that the mass-market Thai restaurants around here.
Except the hard-boiled egg. Just throw in the uncooked egg, and let the hot soup in the claypot do the ‘cooking’.
I thought that Jok Jok Mor’s concept is quite promising, except that they could fine-tune operations and the menu – but you can see that the staff is trying their best. For example, my Tom Yum noodles much arrived only after all the other food were finished.
And oh, I was quite thirsty after the meal.
Jok Jok Mor Traditional Thai Claypot Porridge
129 Rangoon Road Singapore 218407
Tel: +65 6721 9038
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 12am (Fri – Sat)