• Spratty Lin


Dango is a tasty street food in Japan. Made from soft, yet springy ball-shaped rice dumplings on a skewer, dango comes in a couple of different common varieties. Matcha flavored, topped with a sweet and savory soy sauce glaze, smothered with chunky red bean paste, and plain white are all favorites of this sweet treat. Use the following recipe and enjoy this popular dessert-on-a-stick at home!


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Rice Dumplings


100g (3.5oz) Joshinko rice flour

100g (3.5oz) Shiratamako rice flour

150-160ml (⅔ cup) warm water

4-5 bamboo skewers

Sweet Soy Sauce Glaze


4 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp mirin

2 Tbsp soy sauce

150 ml water (roughly ⅔ cup)

2 Tbsp potato starch/cornstarch


  • Soak the bamboo skewers in water and set aside.

  • Combine joshinko and shiratamako together in a large bowl.

  • Stir in warm water a small amount at a time until it begins to clump together.

  • Once the moisture has been absorbed and the rice flour is clumping, use your hands to knead it until it is a smooth dough. Then, press the dough together into a ball.

  • Divide the dough in halves until you have 16 equally sized pieces and roll the pieces into balls.

  • Boil water in a medium sized saucepan. Once the water is at a full boil, stir in the rice balls while keeping the water moving continuously. This will prevent the rice balls from sticking to the bottom of the pot and allow them to keep their shape.

  • The rice balls will stay close to the bottom of the pot at first, but will eventually rise to the top. Once the rice balls have started to float, allow them to cook for 1-2 minutes. After, transfer the rice balls into iced water and allow them to cool.

  • After the rice balls have cooled, drain them thoroughly, and place them on a slightly wet tray.

  • Skewer the rice balls on the bamboo skewers, 3 to 4 at a time and set aside.

  • From here, you can eat them plain, or top them with red bean paste, kinako or sweet and savory soy sauce glaze.

  • For the glaze, combine all of the mentioned ingredients into a saucepan without turning on the heat.

  • The starch will clump upon contact with the liquid, so take some time to whisk the mixture until it is smooth.

  • Turn on the heat and continue to whisk until the glaze begins to thicken and acquires a texture similar to barbecue sauce.

  • Transfer the sauce from a pan to a bowl to cool. Pour over cooked dango as desired.