A Touch of Japan: Mitarashi Dango to Make Even when Abroad

A Touch of Japan: Mitarashi Dango to Make Even when Abroad

I was dying to eat this, so I tried different recipes to create my own recipe. Enjoy this traditional Japanese confectionary with everyday ingredients you can find in the U.S. The flavor and texture is almost like mitarashi dango.
Of course, you could make this in Japan!

Ingredients: Makes 20 dango

Dango dumpling
120 g
Rice flour
80 g
100-110 ml
Mitarashi syrup
Soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons
3-4 tablespoons
50 ml
1 teaspoon plus


1. The right is rice flour. In Canada, you can buy it at Balk Barn or other health food stores. The right is glutinous rice flour. It's usually says 水磨糯米粉 in Chinese.
2. Add all ingredients for the dango into a bowl. Add water in small batches and knead until it becomes soft like earlobes.
3. Roll the dough into small balls around the same size. So cute!
4. Add all ingredients for the mitarashi sauce into a microwave safe bowl. Mix each time in 30 second increments. Repeat until the sauce becomes transparent.
5. Boil water in a pot. Add the dango from Step 3 and boil. It's cooked when the dango floats up to the top, so scoop it up.
6. Serve with lots of sauce from Step 4 and enjoy. It looks cute if you roll them on a plate, or you can poke a bamboo skewer to imitate store bought dango. As I didn't have skewers, I served with toothpicks. This was nice too, since the dango were bite sized.

Story Behind this Recipe

One day, I suddenly had a craving for mitarashi dango, so I made it with ingredients I could obtain at a supermarket in Canada.