These bacon-wrapped bites of chicken liver and water chestnuts were ubiquitous on pupu platters in the mid-20th century.
This recipe is an adaptation of one in The Key to Chinese Cooking by Irene Kuo.
Deep-fried tofu puffs come in many shapes and sizes. In this dish, the puffs are sliced open to ru wei, "let the flavors enter".
Shaped like ancient gold Chinese coins, dumplings came to symbolize wealth, and families ate them to ensure prosperity.