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Thai Pork & Prawn ‘Money Bags’

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Money bags are a traditional food used to celebrate Chinese New Year. These little fried parcels of pork and prawn are great finger food for a party at any time of year, served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce that you can make ahead and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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THAI PORK & PRAWN ‘MONEY BAGS’

PREP TIME

20 minutes
COOK TIME

15 minutes
SERVES

Makes 20
Ingredients

16 stalks of spring onion/scallions (green part only)

300g (10.6 oz) pork mince

150g (5 oz) prawn meat, roughly chopped

100g (3.5 oz) diced water chestnuts

¼ tsp ground white pepper

2 tsp light soy sauce

1 tsp sea salt

20 spring roll wrappers (11 x 11cm/4 x 4 inches)

vegetable oil for deep frying

 

Dipping sauce:

1/3 cup white vinegar

½ cup white sugar

2 tbsp fish sauce

1 long red chilli, finely sliced

Steps
Step 1

For the dipping sauce, combine vinegar, sugar and fish sauce in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool and stir through chillies.

Step 2

Prepare spring onions by pouring boiling water over them and soaking for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 3

In a large bowl, combine the pork mince, prawns, water chestnuts, white pepper, soy sauce and sea salt. Mix vigorously until a smooth paste forms.

Step 4

Spoon a heaped teaspoon of mixture into the centre of a spring roll wrapper. Pull edges together to form a purse. Use a spring onion stem to tie and secure the purse. Trim excess spring onion ends.

Step 5

Heat enough oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat to deep fry (about a depth of 10cm). When the oil is hot enough (it’s hot enough when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil causes little bubbles to form), cook money bags for 3-4 minutes or until golden and just cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper.

Step 6

Serve warm with dipping sauce.

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