Mitarashi dango are skewered rice dumplings that are lightly charred over charcoal and then glazed with a special sweet soy sauce. It originates from the Kamo Mitarashi Tea House in the Shimogamo area of Kyoto, Japan. Mitarashi dango are irresistibly delicious despite their simple preparation and humble ingredients. It is a harmonious pairing of contrasting textures and flavors: the dumplings are mildly sweet and smoky from the grilling, the glaze is gooey with just the right amount of sweet, salty, and umami, and the dumplings are wonderfully tender with just the right amount of chew.
Uses: Mitarashi dango is traditionally served as an afternoon tea snack. It is best enjoyed with a cup of hot or iced green tea. Red bean paste also makes for an exceptional topping with dango.