The taste of mitarashi dango is something special and very Japanese – chewy and sweet rice dumplings glazed with a sweet soy sauce glaze that’s infused with smoky and umami flavors. It’s one of my favorite traditional Japanese snacks, one that alway takes me back to my childhood and the summers I spend in southern Japan.
Mitarashi dango (みたらし団子), sometimes called mitarashi kushi dango, are Japanese rice dumplings that have been skewered and grilled over charcoal, until slightly charred, and coated with a sweet soy sauce glaze.
Add flour and tofu to a bowl. Slowly mix in water until a dough forms.
Shape into balls and add to boiling water one by one.
Skewer 3-4 and char each side until golden brown.
Make the glaze and pour over each skewer.