Golden Bags for Tết

Umm, not my favorite holiday, but any holiday is better than any day. As such, I’ll celebrate with a favorite dish. Thai money bags, Golden Purses, or thung thong, savory packets of shrimp and pork filling wrapped in a crisp wrapper and deep-fried, and served with a sweet and spicy chili sauce or a sweet and pungent plum sauce.

Toong Thong (Shrimp Purse)

"Golden Money Bags" Savory appetizer for Luna New Year
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine SouthEast Asia, Thai
Calories 1976 kcal


  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 1 Food Processor or mini processor/stick blender


  • 1 lb Shrimp Shelled, deveined
  • 1/2 lb Pork FINELY minced
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce Good Stuff
  • 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced, fine
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper Black, fine grind
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 ea shallots Peeled, minced
  • 1 ea Egg wash 1 egg white with 1 tbsp water; beaten
  • 1 pkg Wonton wrappers
  • 4 oz Mushrooms Cleaned, Large Dice


  • Add all but the wrappers, and egg wash, into a food processor; pulse into a smooth paste.
  • Cut one wrapper into 12 thin strips, almost string like
  • In the center of a wrapper add ~ 1 tbsp of paste
  • Fold the wrapper up like a purse, seal with the egg wash, and tie with a wrapper string; set aside on a plate
  • Repeat with remaining wrappers/filling.
  • Fill the fryer basket with purses, mist with cooking oil
  • Set the fryer to 375 and cook the purses for 8 minutes on one side; flip and cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  • We are looking for crispy skin and an internal temp of 165.
  • Serve with plum sauce or sweet chili oil


A basic filling, and a classic presentation.
One can add peppers, ginger, etc to the filling.
The wrapping can be done in wonton style, purse style, even as mini egg rolls.
I have used a wonton strip to “tie” these; traditionally one blanches chives or strips of green onion for this.  But not me and not today …


Calories: 1976kcalCarbohydrates: 268gProtein: 84gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 4116mgPotassium: 1116mgFiber: 9gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 267mgIron: 17mg
Keyword Pork, Shrimp, Wonton
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  Filed under: Air Fry, Asian, Cultural-Misappropriation, Fried, Pub Food, Sauce, Thai

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