Desserts & Sweets

Pa Tong Go Chinese Doughnuts

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Luke C.

There's no two ways about it - pa tong go (sometimes called you tiao) is a crowd-pleaser both with locals and farang. What's not to like? The golden crisp and surprisingly airy dough slathered in sangkhaya bai toey, a coconut and palm sugar custard perfumed with pandan leaves, are unspeakably good.

You can find pa tong go all over Bangkok- it's often eaten in the morning with jok rice porridge (minus the sweet Thai custard) - but there are few places that match this unassuming street stall at the western edge of Yaowarat Road in the city's Chinatown.

Anywhere that cooks just one dish and stands the test of time is going to be good. Discerning Bangkokians don't return if the food isn't up to par and they do every day at Pa Tong Go Savoey where the queues start to form even before the daily opening time of 5.30pm.

The chef-owner (usually referred to as "Uncle") is on-site every night regardless of weather and can be watching skilfully flour dusting his work surface and slicing strips from the mother dough before pinching and throwing into a bubbling wok of hot oil. His second in command keeps the dough flipping with large chopsticks ensuring the pa tong don't burn and serves the punters of which are seemingly never ending.

Michelin have finally begun recognising street vendors in Thailand and the Michelin Plate award they gave Pa Tong Go Savoey and has only gone to lengthen their queue. Don't be put off. It's well worth the wait particularly at the end of a moveable food feast through Bangkok's Chinatown.

Other than Mondays when the whole district's food scene closes down for the weekly street clean, you'll find Pa Tong Go Savoey open daily from 5.30pm until 11.30pm or whenever they sell out. I'd recommend not heading there too late because they often do.Β 

What to order

No menu required at Pa Tong Go Savoey, there's only one thing to order here - crispy pa tong Chinese doughnuts. Your only choice here is whether you'd prefer a small bag (around 4 pieces) or big bag (around 8 pieces) and which sweet dip you'd like from green pandan Thai custard or simple condensed milk.

If you don't have a sweet tooth, they are almost entirely unsweetened and excellent just as they are. They are best eaten hot straight from the hot oil which is almost always the case here - the pa tong very rarely sits around long enough to cool down.

On a humid Bangkok night, you can pair the hot Chinese doughnuts with a refreshing bottle of chilled soy milk, the only drink the stand sells.

Directions to Pa Tong Go Chinese Doughnuts

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50-70 THB
17h30 - 23h30
- closed Monday

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- closed Monday

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17h30 - 23h30
- closed Monday

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17h30 - 23h30
- closed Monday

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17h30 - 23h30
- closed Monday

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17h30 - 23h30
- closed Monday

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17h30 - 23h30
- closed Monday

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