Dango Dango Dango Dango!

(Japanese Skewered Dumblings)

From Top to Bottom: Kinako Dango, Sesame Seed Dango, and Green Tea Dango

So I made Tofu Dango awhile back and thought I would share the recipe with everyone.

The recipe I used is from Cooking with Dog, a YouTube cooking show that features Japanese cuisine with a canine host, Francis.
Here is the link to the video: Cooking With Dog: Dango

Ingredients for Tofu Dango (from Cooking with Dog)
(serves 3 people)

100g Glutinous Rice Flour (3 1/2 oz) [can be found at Asian market]
100g Soft Silken Tofu (3 1/2 oz)
** You can substitute Firm Tofu for Silken Tofu.

2 tbsp Kinako (soybean flour)[can be found at Asian market]
1 tbsp Sugar

2 tbsp Black Sesame

1 tbsp Sugar1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Mirin

~this portion is not pictured above

  • Mix rice powder and tofu together (add water as needed for consistency) Need until smooth
  • Divide into 3rds, then divide that into thirds, and third one more time for about 27 little balls
  • Place balls dough balls into boiling water 1-2 minutes, until they start to float, then boil one more minute
  • Carefully scoop the balls from the boiling water and place in cold water (this stops the balls from over cooking, much like pasta)
  • Drain
  • Skewer 3 dango per bamboo stick and cover in toppings
  • Try to eat immediately

I also made some Green Tea Dango, where I mixed some matcha (green tea powder) into the dough, and boiled. I served the Green Tea Dango with drizzled honey and dusted ground ginger on top (it was awesome!).
This process can be a little time consuming at first, but with practice it becomes quicker. Probably 10-15 minutes total prep and cooking time. Give yourself extra time until you get the hang of making the dumplings. You can get pretty creative with dango, experimenting with different toppings as well as mixing in different ingredients into the dough (like I did with the matcha). Look forward to some of my dango experiments at a later date! 🙂

Fun Fact: Dango is a popular chewy dumpling served at festivals in Japan. For me whenever I think of Dango I think of Clannad (the anime).
The leading female sings an addictive Dango Family song, which is where the title of this post comes from for any Otaku out there. 😉
(And for the Otaku, here’s a link to the full ending song from Clannad: Dango Daikazoku)

~Until Next: Creative Crafting Everyone!

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