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Being away from the City, I miss the convenience of deciding last minute to grab some jook (congee) for breakfast. Sure, I can make it myself, and I do. In some areas, I've been able to fill the craving with Vietnamese Cháo Gà or Filipino Arroz Caldo (thank you, Chow King). But no rice porridge comfort to be found in Sonoma County. That is, until I read the Instagram post below from Jam's Joy Bungalow. It operates a small, walk up cafe on the same square as the Sebstopol Farmers Market, so easy to catch on a Sunday. And it has a food truck as well that is serving at Friday night's farmers market in Occidental.
Yesterday I tried the Khao Man Gai Jok, $7, for brunch and enjoyed it on-site from a solo outdoor table away from the market action and more than 8' from the next table. The savory porridge was beautifully executed with Calrose rice cooked down with white pepper and lemongrass to a plump creaminess. Then it's topped with half of a jelly-yolked egg, crunchy fried shallots, aromatic cilantro, and a wondrous Khao mun gai sauce (spicy, sweet and zippyy with fermented soy bean paste, bird chiles, tamari, garlic, sweet soy sauce, ginger, sugar and vinegar ). It was kind of weird to have the sauce without the gai (chicken), but it can be added on for a supplement. The sauce is pretty spicy hot, so taste first before you mix it all in. And now that I know how good the condiment is, I want to try the khao man gai in total.
Jam's Joy Bungalow
150 Weeks Way
Thurs-sat 11:30-4; sun 10-3.
Walk up and order or text to 707-843-9001
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