Your choice of dango (such as okara dango) or mochi rice cakes
About 10 dango
◎ Sake lees (use the paste type)
◎ Soy sauce
1 heaping tablespoon
In a small sauce pan or small frying pan, combine the ingredients, mix well, then add water, a little at time. See Helpful Hints.
Heat over low, and mix continuously until the sauce thickens.
It also goes well with cheese. Try it as topping with cheese and panko on sliced eggplants cooked in the microwave.
Or, as a dengaku-style topping on eggplants, sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Story Behind this Recipe
I love mochi rice cakes. Again, I'm doing something unorthodox, but I experimented with putting sake lees in the sauce for mitarashi dango. Since the sauce is both sweet and savory, it also goes well with other dishes besides mochi, and is an easy way to enjoy sake lees.
In Step 10, if there are still lumps in the sake lees, strain through a tea strainer. Adjust the amount of sake lees and sugar to your liking. If left for too long, the sauce will harden, so use it up as soon as possible!