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I've been looking at different recipes on here for Japanese dumplings and either people haven't had good luck with them or they are not too happy with the sauce. I found this recipe at: http://justbento.com/ Just type in "Dango" in the search engine for more specifics on the recipe. It will be the first one to come up. I'm sorry if it is a bit hard to read for the ingredients. **If you can't use Shiratamako, use Mochiko with about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or potato starch flour. This will give it about the right texture**
For Dango (dumplings)
- 1 cup rice flour (Jyoshinko)
- 1⁄2 cup rice flour (Glutinous or Sweet, A.K.A. Shiratamako)
- 1 1⁄2 cups hot tap water
- 1 large pot of boiling salt water
For Sweet or Salty Sauce
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup water, with 1 Tbs. cornstarch or 1⁄2 cup potato starch or 1⁄2 cup arrowroot, dissolved in it
- 1⁄8 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1⁄2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- Mix together the joushinko and the hot water. Put the hot water in slowly to check that you will get the right consistency. You may not use all of the hot water.
- Add the shiratamako. Mix until it forms a soft dough that feels a bit dry to the touch.
- Divide the dough into 25 pieces (you can do this by forming a long log and cutting it, or just divide it up in the bowl and eyeball it).
- Make each piece into a little round ball. It doesn’t have to be perfect in shape - a little bumpiness is fine.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt, as you would for boiling pasta.
- Add the dumplings a few at a time to the pot. After a few minutes, the dumplings will come floating to the surface.
- Boil for a further 3-4 minutes, then scoop out with a slotted spoon or similar.
- Immediately dump the dumplings into a bowl of cold water.
- Put the dumplings on skewers, 4 or 5 per skewer. Try to pierce the dumplings in the middle.
- Grill the skewered dumplings on a grill or a grill pan, turning several times, until nice burn marks form over them.
- While you’re grilling the dumplings, make the mitarashi sauce.
- Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small pan and bring to a boil.
- Cook until the sauce has thickened. The more it cools, the more viscous it will get. You can make the sauce in advance too.
- Pour the sauce over the still warm skewered dumplings. They are best eaten right away, but you can make them in advance too, as long as you bring them to room temperature before eating.