In search of Asian/dumpling blog/recipes
There are a couple of posts going on right now on Chowhound re: xiao long bao (soupy pork dumplings) and there's also a video about how to "pleat" them under Chowhound videos.
Steamy Kitchen's quite good, however.
One of the more important things that non-Chinese people forget when making dumplings is the dipping sauce. It's really hard to get the right combination of garlic/ginger/vinegar/soy... I find that more of a conundrum than even the dumpling filling!
I'll be at a restaurant and try to de-construct the sauce but there's always something in there (sesame oil, scallions, other special ingredients) that I can't figure out.
Right now, I use 1/2 cup soy, 1/4 cup white vinegar (no, you don't have to use rice wine vinegar), 2 Tbs. sesame oil, a smooshed garlic clove, 2 Tbs. grated fresh ginger and some hot pepper flakes for a serviceable dumpling sauce.