Gearing up for Chinese New Year, which falls on February 8, I’ve been fielding emails about dumpling making. If you need insights or refresher on how to roll out dumpling wrappers from scratch or fold dumplings, I have video tutorials to assist you. They were made several years ago to go with my book, Asian Dumplings, published in 2009. When I set out to write that cookbook, I didn’t know if people would be into taking a from-scratch approach to filling, shaping and cooking pot stickers. They are and they’re happier eaters for it! Nothing has changed since 2009 since the techniques have been around for centuries.
Dumplings are easy to make from scratch. As I recently wrote to a recipe tester, “Aim to get the darn thing closed!” But if you’re looking to neaten things up as you practice your dumpling skills, you’ll benefit from watching these videos. Unlike my hands-on dumpling classes, I can’t help you troubleshoot and refine your techniques (plus, we can’t eat a ton of dumplings after we make them). But you’ll go far with these dumpling how-to videos.