Chinese Money Bags

The Possible Origin

The fabulous tale may have been inspired by Pu Tai, the jolly round Laughing Buddha carrying a sack. You often see those in Asian restaurants. Pu Tai was a legendary happy monk who wandered around China in the late Tang period, around 1000 C.E. He carried only a hemp bag for his meagre possessions but he freely dispensed his wisdom and good cheer. People believed him to be the incarnation of the Maitreya, or teaching Buddha, a very great being. Today, Pu Tai is displayed as a lucky token to attract money mentions Wiki.

Ingredients

Minced Chicken 125 gms
Minced Prawn Meat 125 gms.
Fine Minced Ginger 1tbsp
Fine Minced Garlic 1tbsp
Shitake or Regular Mushroom 1 tbsp
Fine chopped Celery ½ tsp
Red Chilly Paste 1 tsp
Oyster Sauce ½ tsp
Thick soya Sauce ¼ tsp
Sesame oil ½ tsp
Any white wine 1 tsp
Wanton Sheets 12 nos
Salt To taste

Method

  • Mix all ingredients together using a wooden spoon in a bowl excepting the wonton Sheets. cover the bowl with a cling film and refrigerate for 1 hr.
  • Combine together 1 cup, all purpose flour, 2 tbsp corn starch, salt a pinch, 1 egg, well, add water and Knead well to a smooth dough. Keep ½ an hour covered, , and roll into circular form, Trim the sides and make square sheet. Cut the wrappers into 10cms x 10 cms size squares. Keep aside.
  • Now take out the wanton wrappers one by one and place the filling in the centre, Place about 1-2 tsp of the filling in the middle. Wet the edges with water. Gather the edges towards the middle and gently twist and press to seal.
  • Repeat the process with the balance mix and sheets. With blanched spring onion Leaves, tie a knot at the neck and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok for deep frying the bags, and when hot, fry the Bags into golden Brown color. Dish out the same into a serving plate and garnish with Chinese cilantro leaves.
  • Sweet and hot Chilly sauce and Chinese chilly vinegar can be served as dips.

Note

In case if you don’t want to the trouble of making the wrappers, readymade wrappers  are available at the supermarket these days. Can be also served as a Cocktail snax , if the bags are made into little smaller sizes, with the same dip. And Finally ,  Who knows May be, Luck comes as Money Bags.

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