San Francisco Suriya Thai Restaurant Leaks Recipe for Their Popular “Money Bags” Dish

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Suriya Thai restaurant in San Francisco is offering their recipe for the popular fried dumpling dish, “Money Bags.” The delicious dumplings contain a mix of shrimp, pork, onions and water chestnuts.

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Money Bags

Suriya is not for the dabbler in Thai food, it's for serious Thai food lovers who enjoy and can appreciate the nuances in Thai food.

Suriya Thai Restaurant in San Francisco is helping hosts create their simple, delicious and beautiful money bags fried dumplings hors d'oeuvre at home. These appetizers are perfect for dinner parties or any other time a simple, delicious, and beautiful appetizer is warranted. The dumplings contain a blend of shrimp, pork, eggs, onions and water chestnuts, all enclosed in delicate rice paper wrappers.

Suriya has posted both the written recipe and an instructional video that demonstrates things like how to perfectly fold and tie the dumplings before frying. Both the recipe and video can be found at

Money Bags Recipe

  •     Two ounces of pork, finely chopped
  •     Four ounces of peeled shrimp, finely chopped
  •     Two ounces of peeled, fresh (or canned) water chestnuts, finely chopped
  •     Two tablespoons of chopped cilantro root
  •     One tablespoon of oyster sauce
  •     Fresh ground pepper
  •     One egg
  •     The long, green tops of 16 spring (green) onions
  •     16 rice paper wrappers, each cut into four, three-inch squares (Chinese egg wrappers can be used, but result will be less delicate)

Mix together all ingredients except the green onion tops and rice paper wrappers squares. Cut each green onion top into four, long strands with the blunt edge of the knife. Soften the strands in boiling water, dipping them in for one second and then setting them aside.

To shape each bag, visit for an instructional video. Put a small amount of the shrimp and pork mixture into the center of each rice paper square. Bring corners up and crimp to form a bag. Tie each bag with a strand of a green onion top. Fry the money bags in hot oil until golden brown.

Serve the sixteen money bags on a platter with hot sweet and sour sauce and garnish with colorful vegetables.

Suriya Thai is one of SOMA’s best restaurants, and this fun, little dish is a house favorite. The crispy and savory little bags of flavor are sure to appease the eye and the stomach.

“Suriya is not for the dabbler in Thai food, it's for serious Thai food lovers who enjoy and can appreciate the nuances in Thai food,” said Suriya Thai Restaurant client James W. “It's not rush in and rush out, but a sit and savor. The food is sophisticated, but not posh, and definitely not your usual run-of-the-mill tasteless red, green or yellow curry kind of's much more than that.”

For more information about Suriya Thai Restaurant’s money bag recipe or other Suriya Thai Restaurant recipes or dishes, call (415) 992-7273, visit their website at, or drop by their restaurant located at 1532 Howard Street in San Francisco.

About Suriya Thai Restaurant San Francisco
Suriya Thai Restaurant is a popular San Francisco Thai restaurant that specializes in traditional Thai cuisine. The restaurant is well known for their pumpkin curry, duck curry and emerald noodles.

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