Then one day, while driving and listening to KCRW's Good Food podcast, I found out about Andrea Nguyen's new book entitled Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas and More. It was as if a steamed dough crescent rainbow had formed over the 405! Our soy sauce, chili and mustard prayers were answered!
The book goes into a lot of detail and offers short cuts for making your own doughs. If illustrations aren't enough for you, she's got instructional videos on the book's companion site asiandumplingtips.com. Indian, Thai, Japanese, South American, Vietnamese and Fillipino dumpling lovers are not left out -- they too get recipes and techniques. Seriously, if you want to make any sort of dumpling-esque food item, this book is for you.
So now we are building up our equipment list, taking the advice of Mrs. Nguyen and getting a tortilla press (!), and a wooden dowel to make into small, cheap rolling pins. We're still tracking down some of the more exotic ingredients, like Shaoxing rice wine. But hopefully soon I'll have photos up of our creations.