Thong ek

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Thong ek
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Thong ek krachang or dara thong
Type Snack
Place of origin Thailand
Main ingredients eggs

Thong ek (Thai : ทองเอก, pronounced  [tʰɔ̄ːŋ ʔèːk] ), also known as "Wheat Flour Dumplings with Egg Yolks", is one of the nine auspicious traditional Thai desserts. It is a golden sweet carved as various types of flowers decorated with a piece of gold leaf on top, popularly served in very significant occasions such as career advancement ceremonies. [1]

Thai language language spoken in Thailand

Thai, Central Thai, is the sole official and national language of Thailand and the first language of the Central Thai people and vast majority of Thai Chinese. It is a member of the Tai group of the Kra–Dai language family. Over half of Thai vocabulary is derived from or borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit, Mon and Old Khmer. It is a tonal and analytic language, similar to Chinese and Vietnamese.

Nine auspicious Thai desserts

The nine auspicious Thai desserts are one of Thailand's culinary treasures. They are served on special occasions such as weddings, housewarmings, or ordinations. They confer blessings on the recipient. To deliver all the blessings at one time, the nine desserts are offered together on one tray.



In Thai, the word Thong means "gold" and the word Ek means "prime". It is believed that when Thong Ek is used in auspicious rituals or as a gift to seniors, it will bring wealth and to superiority in work; to be number one in their field of work. [2]


Thong ek is in the same category as other egg-based sweets (ie. thong yip , thong yot , foi thong , sangkhaya and mo kaeng). It was introduced by Japanese-Portuguese chef Maria Guyomar de Pinha in the reign of Narai during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Its origin is a Portuguese sweet which has yolk and sugar as main ingredients. [3] Maria Guyomar de Pinha had combined the Portuguese and Thai methods of preparing sweets, demonstrating the delicate process of cooking, starting from raw materials to the meticulous taste, color, smell, appearance and beautiful decoration, which varies according to the dessert itself.

Thong yip

Thong yip, also known as "pinched gold egg yolks" in English, is one of the nine auspicious traditional Thai desserts. It is usually made for important occasions and ceremonies such as weddings, ordinations, and housewarmings. Thong yip, like many other egg-based sweets, was introduced by Japanese-Portuguese Maria Guyomar de Pinha in the reign of Somdet Phra Narai Maharat during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Its origin is the Portuguese sweet called trouxas das caldas.

Thong yot, also known as "gold egg-yolks drops", is an ancient Thai dessert and one of the nine auspicious traditional Thai desserts. Thong Yot originated in Aveiro District, Portugal. Thong Yot was adapted from ovos moles de aveiro, a Portuguese dessert, by Maria Guyomar de Pinha, who was appointed as a cook in the palace in the period of King Narai of Ayutthaya. Thong Yot is made from egg yolks, flour and sugar.

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The dessert is made from the mixture of sugar, coconut milk and egg yolk which is pressed into wooden molds. The cooking process will not be finished until a little gold foil is decorated on the top of the sweet. [4]

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