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'cinema porridge' in Vientiane

Posted by wanderingcat on 30/7/2013 at 07:35

'cinema porridge' is my nickname for the bunch of food stalls that used to sprout up early in the morning at the foyer of the former Viengsamay cinema along Chao Anou Rd. there was a stall selling pork porridge with pa-thong-ko (you2 tiao2 / Chinese fried dough fritters), one doing coffee, another offering banh cuon, & a fourth with khao piak (sen). more than 3 years since i last ate there...heard that the place is now gone...anyone knows where these stalls have relocated to? or of other similar early morning street food stalls in Vientiane?

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Posted by MADMAC on 30/7/2013 at 11:51

Rufus ought to know. Might try sending him a PM.

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Posted by Rufus on 4/8/2013 at 20:11

The place is gone. There are plenty of food stalls in the area though, (Sihom). The dish to which you are referring is called Jok.

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/8/2013 at 23:01

Jok (or Joke) - My daughter and wife eat this crap for breakfast all the time. Definitely not my first choice - or even 100th.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 5/8/2013 at 09:24

thank you. know that the place is gone, just wondering where the stalls have moved to...or have they all hung up their aprons...? the guy running the porridge stall was a nice character, still have a photo taken together with him. do the other food stalls in the area open at ~6am too? had the impression that the stalls around the Home Ideal store popped up only much later in the day.

yup know that the name is 'jok'. grew up knowing this dish by this name (am SE asian chinese). btw 'jok' is a cantonese word & one of the many chinese dialect food names that the thai & lao adopted. adding century egg/khai yeow maa to jok (how i usually eat it) will push it way down to 1000th place in MADMAC's rankings...even most thai & lao i know won't touch khai yeow maa :P

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Posted by Rufus on 5/8/2013 at 20:12

Most places have moved to the side of the street in Sihom.
I love Jok and have it for breakfast bout 3x a week. It keeps me going till lunch.

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Posted by MADMAC on 6/8/2013 at 00:23

"I love Jok and have it for breakfast bout 3x a week. It keeps me going till lunch."

Have you noticed that we don't share the same tastes in food?

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Posted by somsai on 6/8/2013 at 22:57

I thought it was jok in Thai, kao piak kao, in Lao? Best is Jok talay (seafood) in Tland.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 15/9/2013 at 10:33

just back from VTE. the shell of the disused cinema is still there, but didn't find out where those stalls have moved to...the people along that part of the street at that time of the day were mainland Chinese who've taken over the shop units in the area, & so they don't (care to) know.

on the other hand, found a similar place just north of Khua Din market along Nongbone Rd, directly opposite the main entrance of the Ministry of Interior. a shophouse unit with stoves doing johk/khao piak khao + pathongko, khai katha, etc out front.

#8:
hear both terms used in Laos, & seen some stalls with the word 'johk' written in Lao script.

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