Thong yip

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Thong yip
Thong yib.jpg
Type Snack
Place of origin Thailand
Main ingredients eggs
Cookbook: Thong yip  Media: Thong yip

Thong yip (Thai: ทองหยิบ, pronounced [tʰɔ̄ːŋ jìp]), 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.[1] 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.[2] Its origin is the Portuguese sweet called trouxas das caldas.[citation needed]

In Thai, the word thong means "gold" and yip means "to pick". It is believed that when thong yip is used in blessing ceremonies or as a gift to anyone, it will bring wealth and success in work; a person can turn something ordinary into gold once he or she picks it up. Thong yip’s shape resembles that of a flower. The number of folds used for thong yip can be 3, 5, or 8, depending on one’s preference.


Thong Yip was introduced by Japanese-Portuguese Maria Guyomar de Pinha (or Thao Thong Kip Ma in Thai) in the reign of Narai during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Its origin is the Portuguese sweet called Trouxas das Caldas. But while Thao Thong Kip Ma working in the palace in that time. Thao Thong Kip Ma pass down the original dessert recipe from Portugal. Especially dessert such as Thong-yip, Thong-yot and Foi-thong to women who work inside the palace. Finally, the dessert recipe spread around Thailand country until nowadays.

How to cook[edit]

The ingredients are easy to find, all can buy both market and supermarket. There are 3 main ingredients which are duck eggs (just yolk), cups of water, and cups of granulated sugar.[3]

First of all, mix water and sugar. Then, stew to dissolve with low heat. Next, leave it until it is cold, and then filter with white fabric. Simmer the filtered syrup. After that, whip the yolks. Scoop and drop it on simmered syrup. Turn the whipped yolk over just once. When it is done, put it in a tray and wait until it is cold. Finally, plait it as a star and put it in a small confection cup. Just follow these steps and you will get your own “Thong Yip”.

Use in occation[edit]

This Thai dessert is usually served in the ceremonies or festivals. For selection of dessert in the ceremonies, they selecting by a name that have a good meaning. This dessert also a popular choice with its name that begins with the word 'thong' which means gold, because gold has a value relate to wealth and money, If you give Thong Yip or related desserts (Thong-yot, Foi-thong) to someone, it means that you are wishing for them to have fabulous wealth in the future and it will bring good luck to them.


  1. ^ Terry, F. Three tempting Thai delicacies. Bangkok Post Educational Services. Retrieved Oct. 25, 2013 from
  2. ^ กนกพงศ์ชัย แสงอรุณ (2001)อาหาร: ทรัพย์และศิลป์แผ่นดินไทย = Thai Cuisine: Treasure and Art of the Land. Bangkok. แปลนโมทิฟ
  3. ^ ผศ. อภิญญา มานะโรจน์ (2012) ขนมหวานไทย, : แม่บ้าน.