Give a Red Packet to Remember with Our Printable Dim Sum Warrior Hongbaos!
by Colin Goh

So… because our nanny suddenly got sick, I spent the past 2 days at home taking care of Yakuza Baby (our rambunctious nearly-four year-old daughter, so nicknamed because she was born while the Wife and I were watching a Japanese gangster movie). 

It was a little nerve-wracking since I had a heap of deadlines to meet, especially before the Chinese New Year holidays.  So I got a little crafty – literally! – and came up with a single solution for all three issues: (1) doing something Dim Sum Warriors-related so I didn’t feel like I was loafing; (2) commemorating Chinese New Year; and most important of all, (3) keeping Yakuza Baby occupied with something other than Sailor Moon reruns!

And now we’re sharing it with all of you! Thanks to the brilliant suggestion of Simon Siah, here are our awesomely auspicious DIM SUM WARRIOR DIY CHINESE NEW YEAR HONGBAOS* (with an actual BAO** on it)!

  1. Click on the thumbnail of the image of your choice to open a large, printable template.
  2. Right-click to download the template
  3. Print out in colour (grey packets are not so auspicious)
  4. Cut, fold and glue according to the guidelines
  5. Give your loved ones a unique red packet they’ll remember for a long time!
  6. Don’t forget to add money! (Empty hongbaos guarantee ill-will for many years)

  *During Chinese New Year, it’s customary to give loved ones, particularly kids or seniors, a little red envelope containing money called “hóngbāo 红包”, which literally means “red packet”. Tip: do not give an amount involving the number ‘4’ since the Chinese word for ‘four’ (sì 四) sounds an awful lot like the Chinese word for ‘death’ (sǐ 死). Amounts involving the number ‘eight’ (bā八), however, are considered lucky because it sounds like “fā发”, which is short for “fā cái发财” (‘prosperity’ or ‘good fortune’).

**Of course, the word “bāo 包” can also mean “dumpling”, like Prince Roastpork Bao 叉烧包太子, the chubby protagonist of Dim Sum Warriors.