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
1/3 cup white vinegar
½ cup white sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 long red chilli, finely sliced
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.
Prepare spring onions by pouring boiling water over them and soaking for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
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.
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.
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.
Serve warm with dipping sauce.
Thai money bags are aptly named due to their resemblance to an old style purse. Normally eaten during the Chinese new year celebrations, they are shaped to resemble ancient coin purses – bringing wealth and prosperity in the new year!
You absolutely can! You can freeze your money bags before cooking, and then simply fry them as needed! Just ensure they are thoroughly cooked through before devouring them!