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Money Bag Wontons

These fried dumplings, resembling golden money bags or dim sum purses, symbolise wealth and prosperity during Chinese New Year. They are so pretty and delicious though, that I make them all year round.

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The main recipe is largely based on my trusty crispy fried wontons recipe which I have been making since my school days. Since Thai cooking has a version of these money bag wontons as well, I tweaked the seasoning to include fish sauce. I think this is the most flavourful wontons I have made to date. You can also boil them for wonton soup or add them to steamboat (hot pot) instead (you don’t need to tie up the wonton with a “string” for soup). In fact, I just made a batch which is now in the freezer, ready for hot pot next week.

How to fold money bags wontons

The most time-consuming part of making this dish is the wrapping, so you can enlist the help of your family for some special bonding time. Before you check out the recipe on the next page, here’s a step-by-step pictorial guide for folding the wonton. There are actually many methods for making them and the method I used below can do with or without tying with a string – I made them so that I can keep some for steamboat during Chinese New Year the following week. Another method not shown below is to fold up the 4 corners of a square wonton wrapper and pinch together to close the filling. This method require the use of a string.

Step-by-Step Photos (How to wrap money bags)

Pandan (screw pine leaves) for folding wontons
This is optional, but the money bags do look better when tied up. My favourite vegetable seller at the wet market taught me to use pandan leaves. Soak them in hot water until softened, wipe dry with paper towels, and cut them to thin lines. You can also use garlic chives depending on which is more accessible in your area. Note: Tested with spring onions which didn’t work (too soft and break when trying to tie).

How to fold money bags wontons
Place a tsp of filling in the center of a square wonton wrapper and dampen the edges with water as shown.

How to fold money bags wontons
Fold in halfway to fold a triangle.

How to fold money bags wontons
Pleat the edges towards the centre.

How to fold money bags wontons
Tie the wonton with a piece of pandan string.

How to fold money bags wontons
Trim off the excess string with scissors.

How to fold money bags wontons
This is what the wonton made from square wonton wrapper looks like. P.S. They retain their shape without tying too.

How to fold money bags wontons
The same can be done for circle wonton wrappers. Place a tsp of filling in the center and fold halfway to fold a half-crescent. After this, plead the edges towards the centre.

How to fold money bags wontons
Secure with pandan strings. These are money bag dumplings made with circle wonton wrappers. Without tying, they don’t retain their shape as well as the ones made from square wrappers.

Money Bag Wontons Recipe

11 comments on “Money Bag Wontons”

  1. Any brand or any place to recommend for the Wonton wrapper? I have tried some from the wet market, it doesn’t taste that good.

    Can I go without the chicken seasoning? As my family doesn’t use that for cooking.

    Thank you :)

    • for the square wrappers, I got it from Sheng Siong. They are quite thin. But I don’t know the brand.

      Yes, skip that, and add 1/4 tsp soy sauce, to taste.

  2. 1. How do we gauge the temperature of the oil?
    Use a kitchen thermometer?

    2. For the portioning say 1 tsp (tea spoon) of sugar or corn starch,
    do we assume that it would be a heaped spoonful?

    • Insert a wooden chopstick into the oil – if you see tiny bubbles forming around it, the oil is ready. It’s one level teaspoon (the measurement type of spoon).

  3. How cute! Delicious when deep-fried!

  4. Wish everyone 金钱满满 with your perfect golden money bag wontons :) Hope you and your family have a Happy Lunar New Year身体健康,万事如意!

  5. Oh Wiffy, these are so cute…
    Happy New Year :D

  6. these look great and love the name

  7. May I know if I can wrap the money wonton wrapper a day before and fried it the next day? Keep in freeze or lower fride? Will it breaks skins while frying? Preparing for CNY but worried of the time to prepare including other dishes.

  8. Hi
    R the chestnut fresh ones? Hw to prepare them? And possible to tgose canned ones? Thks

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