Jump to content

Mitarashi dango

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mitarashi dango
Mitarashi dango
Place of originJapan
Region or stateKyoto
Created byMitarashi Tea House
Main ingredientsRice flour, sweet soy sauce

Mitarashi dango (みたらし団子、御手洗団子) are traditional Japanese rice flour dumplings (dango) that are skewered onto sticks in groups of 3–5 (traditionally 5) and are covered with a sweet soy sauce glaze. They are characterized by their glassy glaze and burnt fragrance.[1]

Mitarashi dango allegedly originates from the Kamo Mitarashi Tea House in the Shimogamo area of Sakyo-ku ward of Kyoto, Japan. Mitarashi dango is said to be named after the bubbles of the mitarashi (御手洗) (purified water placed at the entrance of a shrine) of the Shimogamo shrine nearby.[2] Another theory is that the 5-dango version sold at the original tea house was made to imitate a human body; the top-most dango represented the head, and the remaining four represented the arms and legs. Mitarashi is also the name of a frog.[3]


  1. ^ Phelps, Caroline (2021-03-13). "Mitarashi Dango (みたらし団子)". Pickled Plum. Retrieved 2023-04-04.
  2. ^ ngothuyhuong (2022-12-24). "Mitarashi Dango - History, Recipes and Restaurants". Food in Japan. Retrieved 2023-04-04.
  3. ^ "Mitarashi". 2023-04-14.

External links[edit]