8 Dango You Can’t Resist in Japan!

8 Dango You Can't Resist in Japan!_

Japanese food is officially registered as an abstract cultural heritage. People nowadays are getting interested in Japanese food because most of it are simple and yet healthy and delicious. Sweets and desserts are sometimes considered something that is harmful to the body but the most of the Japanese sweets are not artificially processed and could be an answer to this dilemma. This article will focus on the Japanese sweets called Dango. Dango refers to the rice flour knead circularly, steamed and boiled to be eaten. In this article, I will show you the recommended types of Dango and ways on how to enjoy them!



 

8 Dango You Can’t Resist in Japan!

 

1. Mitarashi Dango

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The Mitarashi Dango is a sugared soy sauced dipped sweet dango. It usually comes in 4 balls inserted through a barbecue stick and comes in 3 sticks. The Mitarashi Dango originated from the region Kyoto of Japan which was the former capital of the country. The reason why it was called Mitarashi Dango is because it originated from the Mitarashi Festival being held in the Shimogamo Temple in Kyoto. It is sometimes called Shoyu Dango too. Shoyu means soy sauce.

 

2. Goma Dango

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Goma Dango is a Dango usually stuffed with An or bean paste inside and is coated with Sesame. Goma is the Japanese term for Sesame. The Goma Dango came from China and is often served in Chinese restaurants. There are two types of Goma Dango. The white and the dark Goma Dango. The dark Goma Dango is usually served in 3 sticks with 4 dango inserted while the white dango is served on plates. It is usually fried but there are also other healthy alternative ways of cooking it.

 

3. Sanshoku Dango

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The Sanshoku Dango compared to the other types of Dango is the most colourful and it comes in colours pink, white and green. Each colour has a representation. The pink colour represents peach blossom, white represents snow and green represents grass. The ones being sold in the supermarket are coloured but actually have the same flavour. In the Japanese sweets store, the pink ones are plum flavoured, the whites are Suama flavoured and the green ones are yomogi or matcha flavoured.

 

4. Anmitsu Shiratama

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Mitsumame topped with An (bean paste) is called Anmitsu and a Shirotama Dango combined to it is called Anmitsu Shiratama. It usually contains fruits such as Cherry, Mandarin and Kiwi. The chemistry of the freshness of fruits, sweetness of the bean paste and softness of the dango together is so good. It sometimes comes with ice cream or whipped cream. The Anmitsu Shiratama can be enjoyed in cafes and restaurants in Japan.

 

5. Sasa Dango

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The Sasa Dango is a Yomogi (a.k.a. Mugwort in English and Artemesia Princeps in the plant world) flavoured dango wrapped with a leaf of a bamboo grass. Like the banana, the leaf is usually peeled little by little. Because the Bamboo grass has a bactericidal effect, it was used during the period of war as a preservative food. This is one factor while the Sasa Dango can be considered as something that is good for the health.

 

6. Yaki Dango

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The Yaki Dango is a Grilled Dango inserted in a stick sometimes in 3 or 4 pieces. Sometimes, it is dipped in soy sauce and sometimes wrapped too with a nori an edible sea weed. It is an all time favourite treat and is usually available in the supermarkets and convenience stores. The Yaki Dango produced in the regions Niigata, Saitama, Gunma, Urasawa and Tokyo are very famous. Also, there are almost 50 different recipes available for the Yaki Dango.

 

7. Age Dango

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The Age Dango refers to a Dango that is fried. Most of the other types of Dango are grilled in sticks but this Age Dango is fried and just like the Goma Dango, it is served on a plate. There are more than 170 recipes available for the Age Dango and depending on each recipe comes the different types of sauce and servings too. Some of the possible ingredients you can combine with the Age Dango are sweet potato, chestnuts, shrimp, soumen and a lot more. The type of Age Dango being served depends on the ingredient available during that certain season.

 

8. Dango Jiru

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Although Dango Jiru is often referred to as the regional cuisine of Oita Prefectural region in Japan, it is also a common food in the regions Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki and Kumamoto. In Oita Prefecture, the Dango of the Dango Jiru is shaped into a flat-shape and is often combined with wheat flour noodles. The miso soup or soy sauce are the two types of the commonly used flavours for the soup. Ingredients such as Burdock root or Gobou as it is called in Japanese, carrots, mushrooms, etc. Pork is also used to give a miso pork flavour.

 

Conclusion

So there you have it. The Dango is a popularly enjoyed in Japan ever since the olden days and the reason for this is because rice is the staple food of Japan. Depending on the recipe that can be made during a certain season, it could be enjoyed in various ways. Be sure to try any of the 8 types of these Amazing Dango for they are not only delicious but they are also good for the health.

 

8 Dango You Can’t Resist in Japan!

1. Mitarashi Dango
2. Goma Dango
3. Sanshoku Dango
4. Anmitsu Shiratama
5. Sasa Dango
6. Yaki Dango
7. Age Dango
8. Dango Jiru