Wagashi Shaped Like Shirotan the Seal

Wagashi Shaped Like Shirotan the Seal

These wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) have an elegant sweetness to them. I tried making Shirotan the Seal (also known as Shirotan) with konashi shiroan (sweet white bean paste) batter, which is easy to make.

Ingredients: 4-5 shirotan seals

White sweetened bean paste
100 g
White flour
7 g
Ground black sesame seeds
A little


1. Put the shiro-an white bean paste in a bowl, then add sifted flour, mochiko, and sugar.
2. Mix it all together until the dough is formed.
3. Break the dough into five portions and steam in a steamer for about 25 minutes. They'll expand once steamed.
4. Knead the dough all together again in a tightly wrung out wet kitchen towel for about ten minutes. The dough will be hot, so be careful! When it doesn't feel sticky and has a mochi-like consistency, it's ready!
5. While they're still a little warm, mold into Shiro-tan shapes. For the tail, it'll look best if you press the end down firmly, then cut a part the end with kitchen scissors. They're still missing their faces, though!
6. Dab a little black sesame paste on a plate, and draw the face with a toothpick. Wow! Doesn't he look so happy to be held?
7. They're so cute! How am I supposed to eat them...
8. Look, they're having a meeting... "Watch out, she's going to eat us!"
9. By the way, these are some actual Shiro-tan stuffed animals. They're about 1 meter long...

Story Behind this Recipe

I came up with this recipe by combining a wagashi recipe on the back of a bag of shiro-an with another wagashi recipe I had been taught earlier. The dough is white, so before I even knew what I was doing I was making it into Shirotan shapes. I actually meant to add food coloring and make it into flowers. You can really do a lot with this dough, so I hope to present different variations in the future.