Golden Purses Thai Appetizer
Check out this recipe for classic Thai snack or appetizer with shrimp or crabmeat as the main ingredient, golden purses.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1package fresh wonton wrappers
- ½cup cooked shrimp
- 30fresh chives
- 1cup canola oil, or as needed for frying
- 1bottle Thai sweet chili sauce , for serving
- For the Spice Paste:
- 4cloves garlic
- ¼cup fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
- 1fresh red chili
- 3spring onions, sliced
- ¼teaspoon white pepper
- 1tablespoon soy sauce
- 1tablespoon fish sauce
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Place cooked shrimp in a food processor or chopper. Add all the spice paste ingredients, then process well.
Step 3Taste-test this mixture, adding 1/2 tablespoon more fish sauce if not salty enough.
Step 4To create the purses, you will need a brush (like a pastry brush) and a small bowl of water. Place 4 to 6 wonton wrappers out over a clean surface (a countertop or chopping board work well). Dip the brush in water and wet 1 inch around the periphery of each wrapper.
Step 5Place a small amount (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon) of filling in the middle of each wrapper. Now lift up the sides of the wrappers and pinch them together over the filling. Tip : It helps if you wet your fingers as you pinch in order to secure the purse.
Step 6Place the finished purses on a clean plate. Continue making the purses in this way until all the filling has been used up.
Step 7Pour oil into a wok or small frying pan, so that oil is at least 1-inch deep. Heat over medium-high heat. When oil forms moving lines across the bottom of the pan, try dipping in the corner of a wonton wrapper. If the oil starts to sizzle around the wrapper, it's ready for frying. If nothing happens, wait another minute and try again.
Step 8When the oil is hot enough, use tongs to lay 4 or 5 purses on their sides in the pan. Allow to fry 30 seconds, or until they turn golden-brown, then turn over. Fry until the purses are uniformly golden-brown, then drain on a clean tea towel or paper towel. Keep purses warm in the oven until ready to serve.
Step 9Before serving, tie each purse with a chive. You have to do this carefully, or the chive with snap. We find it helps to tie the chive first, then slip it over the top of the purse.
Step 10Serve the purses with Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping.