|Place of origin||Thailand|
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.
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.
Thong Ek, is in the same category as other egg-based sweets (ie. Thong Yip, Thong Yot, foi thong, sankhayaand mo kaeng).It was influenced by Japanese-Portuguese Maria Guyomar de Pinha in the reign of Narai during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Its origin is the Portuguese sweet which has yolk and sugar as main ingredients. Maria Guyomar de Pinha had applied the Portuguese sweet making process with Thai Sweet making process and this demonstrated the delicacy of the process of making, starting of raw materials to the meticulous taste, color, smell, appearance and beautiful decoration, which varies according to the dessert itself.
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.