Many people nervously giggle when I suggest that they make Asian dumpling wrappers from scratch. Well, you can use the food processor for the dough -- I do that all the time -- but rolling out each individual wrapper is not that difficult. In fact, it's a low-tech job that children and older people can do!
The video below takes
off from where you've pressed out the dough pieces into small disks,
whether that's done with a tortilla press or some other flat-bottomed
heavy object. The written instructions in Asian Dumplings (see chapter
1) are pretty clear but you may need some visuals for extra assistance.
Note that the rolling technique below is used not just for dumplings
like pot stickers
(guo tie) and Shanghai soup dumplings (xiao long bao) but also for
wonderful Asian treats such as stuffed buns (bao) and curry puffs.
Update, January 2010: Should you need further guidance on dealing with the dough log at the front end, see the expanded video tutorial on how to roll out Asian dumpling wrappers.